Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Engines


Nothing Compares to Vanguard Commercial Grade Power

Some companies try to save a little money by selling a low grade engine to power their units. Well, all we can tell you is that just like the rest of our product, we’re not cutting any corners. We choose to offer commercial-grade Briggs & Stratton® Vanguard™ engines on ALL our Cyclone Rake models and we think you’ll agree that for this application, there’s nothing better. They start on the first or second pull, have an unmatched 3-year warranty, and will stand up to rigors of year round use. Check out the information below which will give you the inside scoop on why the Vanguard Engine is the preferred power unit for your Cyclone Rake. And feel free to visit for even more detailed specs for Briggs & Stratton performance parts.

The Vanguard Power Lineup

Each Cyclone Rake model is designed with the optimal combination of engine horsepower
and vacuum/mulcher system to provide peak performance.


Cyclone Rake Z-10
10.0 HP (14.4 ft lbs torque)

Boasting a 305cc, 10 HP Vanguard Engine and the exclusive 10-inch JetPath Vacuum System with 5-blade Super-Flow Miracle Impeller. NOW AVAILABLE WITH ELECTRIC START! Learn more.


Cyclone Rake XL
8.0 HP (13.4 ft lbs torque)

Boasting a 305cc, 8 HP Vanguard Engine and the exclusive 8-inch JetPath Vacuum System with 5-blade Super-Flow Miracle Impeller. NOW AVAILABLE WITH ELECTRIC START!  Learn more.



Cyclone Rake Commercial PRO
6.5 HP (9.1 ft lbs torque)

Powered by a rugged 205cc, 6.5 HP Vanguard engine and the exclusive JetPath Vacuum System with 5-blade Hi-Flow Miracle Impeller.


Cyclone Rake Commander
6.5 HP (9.1 ft lbs torque)

Powered by a rugged 205cc, 6.5 HP Vanguard engine and the exclusive JetPath Vacuum System with 4-blade Hi-Flow Miracle Impeller.


Cyclone Rake Classic
5.5 HP (8.5 ft lbs torque)

Featuring a powerful 205cc, 5.5 HP Vanguard engine and 7 inch Vacuum System with our 4-blade Miracle Impeller.


What's Inside? We're Glad You Asked!

Vanguard™ engines utilize advanced technology to produce increased power and operate more efficiently than other engines. The Vanguard’s modern overhead valve design, oversized 1-inch forged crankshaft with dual ball bearings, and heat-treated steel gears provide unparalleled durability under heavy use. The Dura-Bore Cast Iron Cylinder Sleeve withstands wear and gives improved oil control. The Magnetron® electronic ignition and new larger coil assure dependable starting with no maintenance required. Look inside the 6.5 HP Vanguard engine to see why they’re so reliable.



  1. Dura-Bore™ Cast Iron Cylinders withstands wear and abuse while providing improved oil control for increased engine life.
  2. Forged Steel Crankshaft has far higher strength than the cast iron shafts used on lower quality engines.
  3. Heavy Duty Dual Ball Bearings support the crankshaft on both ends, rather than the single bearing commonly used. This gives longer life and higher power output because of reduced friction. It also makes engine starting much easier.
  4. Sturdy 1-inch Diameter Power Shaft is stiffer than the standard 3/4 inch shafts that other companies use.
  1. Heat Treated Steel Gears deliver superior reliability and performance compared to molded plastic gears used on lower grade engines.
  2. Massive Engine Block and Head Castings are far heavier than those on lower quality engines. These provide greater strength and rigidity, plus lower vibration and noise levels.
  3. Modern Overhead Valve Design is compact and runs more efficiently to deliver more power, longer engine life and improved fuel economy.
  4. Premium Lo-Tone Exhaust System with Spark Arrestor provides exceptional noise reduction and safe operation, while maintaining optimal power.‚Äč


Horsepower and Torque Ratings

Consumer-grade engines are rated in foot pounds of torque, not horsepower. Vanguard engines are rated in gross horsepower by Briggs & Stratton per the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) specification J1940. To make comparing engine power ratings simpler, we also give you the torque rating in foot pounds for each Cyclone Rake engine. Horsepower and torque are not the same when comparing engines, check the power ratings carefully. Consumer-grade engines are rated in foot pounds of torque, not horsepower. While this rating technique results in a higher number rating, it doesn’t mean you’re getting more power. For example the 6.5 HP Vanguard engine on the Cyclone Rake Commander generates 9.1 foot pounds of torque.