Briggs & Stratton Corporation Powers Neighborhood Harmony

          Briggs & Stratton Corporation Powers Neighborhood Harmony

New survey shows that good yards make good neighbors

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, May 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 'Tis the season for mulch, weed
control, cutting the grass and trimming the hedges. So fire-up the engines on
your outdoor power equipment if you want to be a good neighbor, because in a
recent survey conducted for Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE: BGG) by
Harris Interactive, 93 percent of homeowners agree that maintaining a good
looking yard is common courtesy to their neighbors. And, 85 percent of
homeowners think that neighbors who don't maintain a good looking yard can
bring down property values for those around them.

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"When we purchase a home, we are essentially signing a 'social contract' with
our neighbors to maintain a certain standard when it comes to the way the
exterior of our home looks," says Carissa Gingras, Director of Marketing at
Briggs & Stratton. "Newer homeowners especially may need some support in
knowing how to keep up. At Briggs & Stratton we offer a wealth of resources
through BriggsandStratton.com, our dealer network and customer service team to
help give homeowners the knowledge and confidence they need."

We've got the power
To help maintain their yard, 84 percent of the homeowners responding to the
survey say that they own outdoor power equipment. Lawnmowers are by far the
most popular piece of outdoor power equipment owned with more than 70 percent
of homeowners having a gasoline powered lawnmower. Hedge trimmers (46
percent), chain saws (44 percent) and pressure/power washers (33 percent)
round out the top four.

Engines matter
When it comes to lawnmowers, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of homeowners
say it is the one piece of outdoor power equipment they can't do without. And
maintaining a healthy engine means your outdoor power equipment will run
longer. Forty-three percent of lawnmower owners say that the engine is the
most important part of their lawnmower, more important than blades (11
percent), the next most popular part mentioned. Briggs & Stratton offers
simple DIY tips to keep your lawnmower engine running well at
www.briggsandstratton.com/support/maintenance-how-to. Tips include the use of
a fuel treatment such as Briggs & Stratton's Advanced Formula Fuel Treatment
and Stabilizer®, which provides homeowners with 5-in-1, complete protection
against the damaging effects caused by ethanol-blended gas. And additionally,
to never use fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol in your outdoor power
equipment.

"Survey respondents expect their mowers to last an average of 9.8 years but
the reality is they can last much longer," says Gingras. "With proper and
routine maintenance, many lawnmower owners with Briggs & Stratton engines tell
us that their engines are still going strong after thirty years or more."

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Briggs & Stratton from March 8 – 12, 2013 among 2,116
U.S. adults between ages 18 and older of whom 1,321 are homeowners. This
online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate
of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

For more information, please visit www.briggsandstratton.com.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the
world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its
wholly owned subsidiary Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group LLC is North
America's number one marketer of portable generators and pressure washers, and
is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of standby generators, along
with lawn and garden and turf care through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper
Pro®, Ferris® and Murray® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed,
manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents.

SOURCE Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Website: http://www.briggsandstratton.com
Contact: Carissa Gingras, Gingras.carissa@basco.com, Office: (414) 259-5821,
Mobile: (920) 980-4226
 
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