Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power is targeting landscape contractors with its new Vanguard air-cooled V-twin Big Block EFI engine, touting its power and durability, along with the fuel efficiency of a closed-loop electronic fuel injection system.
“Since Vanguard pioneered the Big Block engine category in turf in 2005, they have been famous for delivering big power in a compact air-cooled engine,” said Jim Cross, marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton Commercial Power. “With the Big Block EFI engine, operators are getting that versatile all-day power with the added benefit of a more fuel-efficient power source.”
The new engine joins a growing lineup of Vanguard EFI engines, including open-loop Big Block EFI engines for mud boats in the marine market and the closed-loop 810 EFI engines for zero-turn commercial mowers.
Cross says Big Block engines are designed for the toughest mowing jobs, powering commercial mowers with 54-inch cutting decks and larger.
The new EFI technology is available in its 33 and 37 gross horsepower Big Block engines. Its automotive-based closed-loop EFI system provides up to 25 percent better fuel economy compared with “the already-efficient carbureted Big Block engines,” according to Briggs & Stratton.
EFI engines use less fuel than carbureted engines because fuel in an EFI system is delivered precisely where and when needed, so fuel flow is reduced under certain conditions.