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Allis-Chalmers brand returns.


This past fall Briggs & Stratton brought the Allis-Chalmers brand back to life at the big lawn and garden expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The new AC130 lawn tractor, complete with the old logo and color, is available in 23 horsepower with a 42-inch mower deck or 24 horsepower with a 46-inch deck.

"We've had a very strong and positive reaction to the reintroduction of the brand," says Troy Blewett of Briggs & Stratton. "People remember it fondly, and the Allis brand still has a significant following."

Briggs & Stratton only claims rights to the brand in the lawn and garden market. The company's Simplicity division was once a division of Allis Chalmers until sold in 1983.

"It's very possible that we may expand the horsepower range, but we aren't coming out with an ag tractor," Blewett says.

The new AC models are also not going to replace any Simplicity models, nor will they feature the Simplicity free-floating mower decks with their manicured cut.

"Simplicity has the premiere mower deck in the industry," Blewett says. "With the new Allis brand models, Simplicity dealers can offer a tractor that gives a nice cut at an economically attractive entry-level price."

Both tractors feature Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Series V-Twin engines. They both have a hydrostatic transmission, cruise control, cast-iron front axles, and a tight turning radius. The 23-horsepower model will retail for approximately $1,999, and the 24-horsepower model for $2,199. For more information, visit the website at www.

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