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                          SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                                Washington, D.C. 20549

                                     Schedule 13G

                      Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
                                  (Amendment No. )*

                                  Briggs & Stratton
                                   (Name of Issuer)

                                     Common Stock
                            (Title of Class of Securities)

                                      109043109
                                    (CUSIP Number)

     Check the following box if a fee is being paid with this statement /  /. (A
fee is not required only if the filing person: (1) has a previous statement on
file reporting beneficial ownership of more than five percent of the class of
securities described in Item 1; and (2) has filed no amendment subsequent
thereto reporting beneficial ownership of five percent or less of such class.)
(See Rule 13d-7.)

     *The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting
person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of
securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would
alter the disclosures provided in a prior page.

     The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be
deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of
the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see
the Notes).

                           (Continued on following page(s))

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CUSIP No. 109043109                13G                                Page 2

(1)  NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS.  S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE
     PERSONS
          Barclays Global Investors. N.A.,  943112180

(2) CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                         (a)  
                         (b)  X

(3) SEC USE ONLY

(4) CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
          U.S.A.

Number of Shares                   (5) SOLE VOTING POWER
Beneficially Owned                      1,155,118
by Each Reporting                  (6) SHARED VOTING POWER
Person With                             46
                                   (7) SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        1,240,985
                                   (8) SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        0

 (9) AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
          1,240,985

(10) CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*
     

(11) PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
          5.3%

(12) TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
          BK

                         *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!



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CUSIP No. 109043109                13G                                Page 2A

(1)  NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS.  S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE
     PERSONS
          Barclays Global Fund Advisors 

(2) CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                         (a)  
                         (b)  X

(3) SEC USE ONLY

(4) CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
          U.S.A.

Number of Shares                   (5) SOLE VOTING POWER
Beneficially Owned                      28,728
by Each Reporting                  (6) SHARED VOTING POWER
Person With                             0
                                   (7) SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        28,728
                                   (8) SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        0

 (9) AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
          28,728

(10) CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*
     

(11) PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
          0.1%

(12) TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
          BK

                         *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!



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CUSIP No. 109043109                13G                                Page 2B

(1)  NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS.  S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE
     PERSONS
          Barclays Global Investors, LTD. 

(2) CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                         (a)  
                         (b)  X

(3) SEC USE ONLY

(4) CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
          United Kingdom

Number of Shares                   (5) SOLE VOTING POWER
Beneficially Owned                      31,708
by Each Reporting                  (6) SHARED VOTING POWER
Person With                             0
                                   (7) SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        31,708
                                   (8) SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        0

 (9) AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
          31,708

(10) CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*
     

(11) PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
          0.1%

(12) TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
          BK

                         *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!



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CUSIP No. 109043109                13G                                Page 2C

(1)  NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS.  S.S. OR I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE
     PERSONS
          Barclays Trust and Banking Company (Japan) Ltd.


(2) CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*
                         (a)  
                         (b)  X

(3) SEC USE ONLY

(4) CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION
          Japan

Number of Shares                   (5) SOLE VOTING POWER
Beneficially Owned                      4,934
by Each Reporting                  (6) SHARED VOTING POWER
Person With                             0
                                   (7) SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        4,934
                                   (8) SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER
                                        0

 (9) AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON
          4,934

(10) CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (9) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES*
     

(11) PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (9)
          0.0%

(12) TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON*
          BK

                         *SEE INSTRUCTION BEFORE FILLING OUT!


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ITEM 1(A). NAME OF ISSUER
               Briggs & Stratton

ITEM 1(B). ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES
               12301 West Wirth St
               Wauwatosa, WI 53222
ITEM 2(A). NAME OF PERSON(S) FILING
               Barclays Global Investors, N.A.

ITEM 2(B). ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE OR, IF NONE, RESIDENCE
               45 Fremont Street
               San Francisco, CA 94105       
ITEM 2(C). CITIZENSHIP
               U.S.A

ITEM 2(D). TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES
               Common Stock

ITEM 2(E). CUSIP NUMBER
               109043109

ITEM 3.    IF THIS STATEMENT IS FILED PURSUANT TO RULES 13D-1(B), OR 
           13D-2(B), CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON FILING IS A

(a) // Broker or Dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act

(b)/x/ Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act

(c) // Insurance Company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act

(d) // Investment Company registered under section 8 of the Investment Company 
        Act

(e) // Investment Adviser registered under section 203 of the Investment
        Advisers Act of 1940

(f) // Employee Benefit Plan, Pension Fund which is subject to the provisions
        of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or Endowment 
        Fund; see Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)

(g) // Parent Holding Company, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(ii)(G)
        (Note:See Item 7)

(h) // Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(H)


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ITEM 1(A). NAME OF ISSUER
               Briggs & Stratton

ITEM 1(B). ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES
               12301 West Wirth St
               Wauwatosa, WI 53222
ITEM 2(A). NAME OF PERSON(S) FILING
               Barclays Global Fund Advisors

ITEM 2(B). ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE OR, IF NONE, RESIDENCE
               45 Fremont Street
               San Francisco, CA 94105       
ITEM 2(C). CITIZENSHIP
               U.S.A

ITEM 2(D). TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES
               Common Stock

ITEM 2(E). CUSIP NUMBER
               109043109

ITEM 3.    IF THIS STATEMENT IS FILED PURSUANT TO RULES 13D-1(B), OR 
           13D-2(B), CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON FILING IS A

(a) // Broker or Dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act

(b)/x/ Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act

(c) // Insurance Company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act

(d) // Investment Company registered under section 8 of the Investment Company 
        Act

(e) // Investment Adviser registered under section 203 of the Investment
        Advisers Act of 1940

(f) // Employee Benefit Plan, Pension Fund which is subject to the provisions of
        the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or Endowment Fund; 
        see Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)

(g) // Parent Holding Company, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(ii)(G)
        (Note:See Item 7)

(h) // Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(H)

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                                                                      Page 3B

ITEM 1(A). NAME OF ISSUER
               Briggs & Stratton

ITEM 1(B). ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES
               12301 West Wirth St
               Wauwatosa, WI 53222
ITEM 2(A). NAME OF PERSON(S) FILING
               Barclays Global Investors, LTD

ITEM 2(B). ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE OR, IF NONE, RESIDENCE
               1 Swan Lane
               London, England EC4R 3UD      
ITEM 2(C). CITIZENSHIP
               United Kingdom

ITEM 2(D). TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES
               Common Stock

ITEM 2(E). CUSIP NUMBER
               109043109

ITEM 3.    IF THIS STATEMENT IS FILED PURSUANT TO RULES 13D-1(B), OR 
           13D-2(B), CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON FILING IS A

(a) // Broker or Dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act

(b)/x/ Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act

(c) // Insurance Company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act

(d) // Investment Company registered under section 8 of the Investment Company 
        Act

(e) // Investment Adviser registered under section 203 of the Investment
        Advisers Act of 1940

(f) // Employee Benefit Plan, Pension Fund which is subject to the provisions
        of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or Endowment
        Fund; see Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)

(g) // Parent Holding Company, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(ii)(G)
       (Note:See Item 7)

(h) // Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(H)


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ITEM 1(A). NAME OF ISSUER
               Briggs & Stratton

ITEM 1(B). ADDRESS OF ISSUER'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES
               12301 West Wirth St
               Wauwatosa, WI 53222
ITEM 2(A). NAME OF PERSON(S) FILING
               Barclays Trust and Banking Company (Japan) Ltd.

ITEM 2(B). ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL BUSINESS OFFICE OR, IF NONE, RESIDENCE
               2-2 Otemachi 2-Chome
               Tokyo Japan 100               
ITEM 2(C). CITIZENSHIP
               Japan

ITEM 2(D). TITLE OF CLASS OF SECURITIES
               Common Stock

ITEM 2(E). CUSIP NUMBER
               109043109

ITEM 3.    IF THIS STATEMENT IS FILED PURSUANT TO RULES 13D-1(B), OR 
           13D-2(B), CHECK WHETHER THE PERSON FILING IS A

(a) // Broker or Dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act

(b)/x/ Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act

(c) // Insurance Company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act

(d) // Investment Company registered under section 8 of the Investment Company 
        Act

(e) // Investment Adviser registered under section 203 of the Investment
        Advisers Act of 1940

(f) // Employee Benefit Plan, Pension Fund which is subject to the provisions of
        the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or Endowment Fund; 
        see Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)

(g) // Parent Holding Company, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(ii)(G)
        (Note:See Item 7)

(h) // Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(H)


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ITEM 4.   OWNERSHIP 
          (a)  Amount Beneficially Owned:              1,306,355
     
          (b)  Percent of Class:                       5.6%
     
          (c)  Number of shares as to which such person has:
               (i)   sole power to vote or to direct the vote
                         1,220,488
               (ii)  shared power to vote or to direct the vote
                         46
               (iii) sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of
                         1,306,355
               (iv) shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of
                         0

ITEM 5.   OWNERSHIP OF FIVE PERCENT OR LESS OF A CLASS
          if this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the
          date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner
          of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the
          following. //
               Not applicable

ITEM 6.   OWNERSHIP OF MORE THAN FIVE PERCENT ON BEHALF OF ANOTHER PERSON
               The shares reported are held by the company in trust accounts for
               the economic benefit of the beneficiaries of those accounts.  See
               also Items 2(a) above.   

ITEM 7.   IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE SUBSIDIARY WHICH
          ACQUIRED THE SECURITY BEING REPORTED ON BY THE PARENT HOLDING COMPANY
               Not applicable


ITEM 8.   IDENTIFICATION AND CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERS OF THE GROUP
               Not applicable

ITEM 9.   NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF GROUP
               Not applicable



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ITEM 10.  CERTIFICATION
          By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and
          belief, the securities referred to above were acquired in the ordinary
          course of business and were not acquired for the purpose of and do not
          have the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer
          of such securities and were not acquired in connection with or as a
          participant in any transaction having such purposes or effect.

          SIGNATURE

          After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I
          certify that the information set forth in this statement is true,
          complete and correct.

                                        
                                        February 12, 1999
                                        
                                        
                                        
                                        Wendy Beller
                                        Manager of Compliance