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Briggs Commercial Introduces Four New Vanguard Engines Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power announces the addition of four new Vanguard single-cylinder engines with gross horsepower ratings ranging from 5.5 hp to 10.0 hp. The new engines represent many new features specifically designed to address the top worksite challenges cited by end-user customers and OEMs: heavy dust, lack of regular maintenance, filtration issues and oil dilution during transportation. During transport, engines are subjected to vibration, which can cause fuel to flow through the engine and into the oil. Fuel in the oil drastically reduces viscosity, resulting in more friction, increased wear and shorter engine life. Vanguard engineers researched and created an integrated switch that simultaneously shuts off the ignition and the fuel. This patent-pending innovation, called the TransportGuard system, ensures that fuel stays where it belongs and helps eliminate fouled plugs, hydraulic lock, cylinder wash down and crankcase oil dilution caused by transportation. Ultimately, this saves equipment owners and rental firms money by decreasing downtime and repair costs. In addition to solving oil dilution issues, engineers designed each component and integrated technology to efficiently work together to raise durability and reliability standards. “Our approach to product development is to stay connected to the customer,” said Dan Roche, marketing manager with Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power. “Our work in the field helped define the design criteria for these new Vanguard engines. By listening to customers and working with OEMs, we have developed an engine series that will raise the standard of dependability in the toughest job site situations.” Each area of the engine has been designed to address durability and reliability challenges. A high-mounted canister-style air cleaner has 27 percent more filter area than competitor units. An all-metal fuel tank reduces emissions, saves fuel and is mounted directly to the engine block. And heat-treated PTO bearing races ensure long-lasting equipment performance.

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