In February of 2005, Briggs & Stratton Corp. completed its purchase of the assets of Murray Inc., which manufactured lawn, garden and snow products. Wauwatosa-based Briggs (NYSE: BGG) and Murray reached an agreement for Briggs to buy most of Murray for $125 million. The sale involved the Murray name, equipment, tooling, patents, trademarks and other assets, but not Murray's real estate. As of mid 2006, no one is making Murray lawn moweres, but Briggs & Stratton plans to keep the brand alive, providing replacement parts and warranty support to more than 7,000 Murray dealers in the United States while it looks for a manufacturing partner to make new models in the future. There continues to be spot shortages of replacement parts such as pulleys, handles and cables for self-propelled lawn mowers as Briggs sorts out the assets and operations formerly managed by Murray.
Portable Backup Generator Sizing
A small portable gasoline generator in the 1,000-watt range and an extension cord can operate a microwave oven, a TV and a few lights. You MUST put the generator outside in a well-ventilated area and pass the extension cord into the house directly to the appliances. If you want to keep the refrigerator running, a number of small appliances, and more lights, upgrade to a 2,000-5,000-watt generator.