Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power Introduces Vanguard Power Code

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 27, 2011) — Continuing its commitment to minimizing equipment downtime, Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power introduces Power Code quick response code to its Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines.

The first of its kind in the industry, a Vanguard Power Code is a square barcode located on the engine that, after being scanned with a smart phone’s barcode reader, directs the user to an array of important information for that specific engine model. Most notably, the Vanguard Power Code will provide the equipment operator with troubleshooting information especially suited for in-field support.

“For turf and construction professionals, equipment downtime on the jobsite causes frustration and costs money.,” said Dan Roche, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power. “The Vanguard Power Code gets immediate information directly to the operator regardless of where they are located so they can get back to work quickly. That means fewer trips back to the shop and more projects done on-time.”

In addition to jobsite troubleshooting guidelines, other highlights of the Vanguard Power Code include:

• Dealer locator — via GPS or zip code search
• FAQs — includes answers to operation and maintenance questions
• Parts lists — common replacement parts for the specific engine
• Recommended maintenance instructions and schedules — includes oil recommendations
• Advanced troubleshooting information — for more technical engine repairs at the shop
• Owner’s manuals —by request or PDF download to the user’s phone
• Language preference — All Vanguard Power Codes will have information available in English or Spanish

Vanguard Power Codes will be available on engines manufactured beginning in January 2012.

About Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power
Briggs & Stratton® Commercial Power is a leading provider of commercial power solutions. The Vanguard engine family is the company’s premier line of engines and includes single-cylinder engines from 2.4 to 15 gross horsepower, Vanguard V-Twin horizontal and vertical engines from 14 to 23 gross horsepower, and Vanguard air-cooled V-Twin BIG BLOCK engines from 25 to 35 gross horsepower (horizontal) and 28-36 gross horsepower (vertical). All power levels are stated gross HP per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton. All Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power engines are backed by a network of thousands of Authorized Commercial Service Centers worldwide. For more information on the BIG BLOCK air-cooled V-twin engines, or any engines in the Vanguard commercial engine line from Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power, visit

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