|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on January 25, 2016 at 1:35 AM|
A little while ago a guy brought me a Murray leaf blower, I looked at it and said “That looks like a Weedeater”. I flipped it over. Found the manufacturer sticker and said “Yep, made by Weedeater. The customer looked very unhappy and said that the last blower that he brought me was a Weedeater and I told him that it was cheap and wasn't worth fixing, so he went and bought a “different” brand, which was the exact same blower with different stickers.
There is lots of rebranding in this industry and I'll try to cover the biggest chunk of it. The two biggest manufacturers of lawn and garden product is MTD(Modern Tool & Die) and AYP (American Yard Products). MTD owns Troybilt, Yard Man, Yard Machines, Bolens, Cub Cadet to name a few. AYP owns Husqvarna, Poulan, and Weed Eater.
Now I said that MTD owns Troybilt but they only own the rights to tillers, mowers, and log splitters. Briggs and Stratton owns the Troybilt name for generators, chippers, and pressure washers. Briggs also owns Murray, but as I mentioned earlier Murray leaf blowers are made by AYP, and I just heard that Murray trimmers, which I have not seen yet, are being made by MTD.
Toro stopped making non-zero turn riding mowers a number of years back, and now all non-zero turn Toro mowers are just relabeled MTD mowers.
Ryobi is a confusing brand, they used to be MTD, but for the last number of years Ryobi's are made by Homelite.
McCulloch is a brand that got bounced around a lot, MTD had some part of them for a while and for the last number of year Husqvarna/AYP owned the rights to the name in Eurorean countries, but now owns the rights to them everywhere.
Craftsman has never made any equipment. If you look for the model number the first three numbers is a code for which manufacturer made it. MTD and AYP make the majority of Craftsman products.
This was a quick abbreviated version of what has gone on with branding. The real answer if you want to know who made something is to look for the manufacturer sticker, this will tell you who really made the machine