Identifying your Briggs and Stratton engine

This vid describes how to decipher the numbers stamped on the sheet metal cover on a Briggs and Stratton engine. I mention how to determine engine size, and the year it was built, but the numbers have more meaning than I had length on the vid to describe.



29 thoughts on “Identifying your Briggs and Stratton engine

  1. OH MAH GOWD! I have a 12ci briggs from 96 as well! The type is like the trim code on a car, just little things. Also for dating, the second set of 2 on the serial is the month, the third set is the day, and the last is the assembly plant code. The model also gives bearing info, carb, starter, and design series. So for example 110702 means 11 ci, design series 0, veertical shaft, flo-jet, plain bearing, recoil starter.

  2. the end of the "type" number tells what kind of starting system and/or charging system it has, like the type number 0362-01, the 01 means recoil starter

  3. @LurkePus
    Yes, as far as I know.
    I know that 2001 is indeed 01, since I found one in the scrap yard!

    Also, the very old engines, like in the 1950s, such as a model 8B 3horse engine, are not coded the same.
    But I have a 1958 2horse engine, and it says 58 in the code.

  4. @SuperKONR
    Thanks for the info, I have a Briggs book that lists some of this, but I tried to keep the vid short, especially since I have been known to be long winded sometimes!!! πŸ™‚

  5. @1972FordF150
    Yes, this is good info to know, and I thank the person that told me how to read the codes last summer, sorry, I don't remember who it was! πŸ™‚

  6. @ChargerMiles007 Hehe I make my video and say a few things and before I know it it's 10 minutes long! And I know people hate long videos so I have to remake it lol πŸ˜€

  7. I knew about the code having year/month/day and the last two numbers stand for the factory they were manufactured.

    Do you know where there is a list of those factory codes? I have never been able to find the actual list of factories and the codes to match them up. Everywhere I look it just tells me that the last two are the factory… never WHAT factory.

  8. Thats a good mystery! I was wondering what the last 2 digits meant.
    I am still looking for an engine made on my birthday!!!
    I found one on my son's birthday πŸ™‚

  9. thanks a million I have a few old briggs and I want to start collecting "why" I have no idea but I want to . great info and if you no of a dealer of old briggs are any lead that would be great.

  10. i have to ask i have a briggs powered home-lite generator and it it missing the tag with the horsepower ratings. maybe you can shed some light on how to tell? numbers i have for it areΒ 243431 1132-01 90031414

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