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.
To help your lawn make it through hot and dry times, postpone cutting as much as possible. When you do cut, set your deck on the highest level. The taller grass will shade its root structure. Grass is similar to trees in that the taller the tree/blade the deeper the roots. Deeper roots can reach deeper moisture and better tolerate a drought. A side affect of mowing at a higher level is lengthened mower life. You are less likely to hit rocks and roots when mowing at a higher level. Further, your blades stay out of any sand, reducing wear.