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Briggs & Stratton 30466 - 3500 Watt Portable Generator

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Run Watts
3,500
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
4,375
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
OHV
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Ideal For Powering A Small Appliance Or A Few Household Items

Briggs & Stratton 1150 Series™ OHV Engine
Provides long life, high performance, and great fuel efficiency

Power Surge™ Alternator
Produces up to 25% more starting wattage for all your power needs

Single Sided Control Panel
All user touch points are conveniently located
Features rubber outlet covers

4-Gallon Metal Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gage
Provides up to 8 hours of run time at 1/2 load

Designed For Easy Mobility
8" never go flat wheels
Fold-down "T-Handle", takes up less space when stored


Model
  Model Number:30466
 UPC:011675304669
 Manufacturer:Briggs & Stratton
 Made in USA:No
Engine
 Brand:Briggs & Stratton OHV
 Starting System:Recoil Start
 HP/CC:250 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:Not Available
 Engine RPM:3600 RPM
 Low Oil Alert/Shutdown:No
 Cast Iron Sleeve:No
Product Specs
 Voltage120/240 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Auto Voltage Regulation:No
 Fuel TypeGasoline
 Rated Amps:15 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:NeverFlat
 Tank Size:4 Gallons
 Run Time (50% Load):8 Hours
 Fuel Tank Material:Metal
 Fuel Gauge:Yes
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:Not Measured by Manufacturer 
 Idle Control:No
 Hour Meter:No
 Voltage Meter:No
 Lifting Eye:No
 Battery:Not Applicable
Overview
 Assembly Required:Yes
 Weight:133 Lbs. (60.33 kilograms)
 Dimensions:26"L x 18"W x 22"H
(66.04 x 45.72 x 55.88 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Warranty:90 Days
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NEMA L14-20R

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  1 Question
Q: Hi Jim: considering the B&S 7000 electric start portable generator but want to know what the operating DB level is. I didn't see it in the specs.
by Dale from New Hampshire on January 23, 2011

A: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, Briggs & Stratton, like many other generator manufacturers, do not publish the decibel ratings for their generators. This unit does come equipped with a Low Tone Muffler for Quiet Operation but, I don’t have a decibel number to give you. Currently, there are no industry standards or requirements for generator manufacturers to follow when testing their generators for noise. Due to this, manufacturers can test the noise level under any conditions they choose and, therefore, the results are not very reliable as each company will test under conditions that are favorable to their products.
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Overall Rating
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4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
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67% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
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Total Reviews
102 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
5733 Helpful Votes
Electric Generators Direct Recommended

This generator has enough power to back up your refrigerator and sump pump and possibly a few lights.

If you are looking for a generator to be there in an emergency when you need, this Briggs & Stratton model can give you peace of mind that your most important appliances are covered.

You may even have enough power to watch the big game!
Mike Recommends This Model
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John M.
Highland Lakes, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/23/13
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
02
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Big Enough
I needed a 240 volt generator to run my jet well pump in the basement. B&S was recommended by the local small engine shop, they make a decent generator and the parts are not a problem.

I paired it with a Reliant 8 circuit transfer switch and it worked great. It ran my furnace/hot water (oil, base board, 2000 sq ft) well pump, bath exhaust fan and 400 watts of lighting- no problem.

I don't know if I would run my toaster oven or microwave and the well pump at the same time, but... more
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Mike
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
09
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
3 Hours Into Break-in, It Broke, In For Warranty Repair
I bought this B&S 30466 right before Christmas 2012 and have gradually run it under small loads to do initial break-in per owner's manual (5 hours run time then change oil). Ran smoothly and quietly first few runs until yesterday when I heard a pop/crack sound which then became a cacophony of distressed engine/bearing sounds...An authorized dealer said if its running and producing correct voltage to just keep using it until "there is a problem". In fact the problem was evident in... more
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205
Brian
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/30/12
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
11
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good
This is the first generator I have used. I installed a transfer switch that made it very easy.

It ran my fridge, furnace, and half the lights in house without even getting close to max watts.
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Mike
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
15
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Broke During Break-in & B&s's Resolution...
I am late responding to the outcome of my initial predicament,. I.e., alternator yoke and engine adapter cracked after approx 3 hours of break-in .( possibly due to seized end bearing, damage in transit or misalignment of press fit to engine shaft)... After numerous attempts by local B&S service center to procure replacement parts, per the schematic, I was contacted by B&S Sales/Marketing in June and provided a complete refund on the purchase price. Seems the parts diagram and actual... more
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Albert P.
Manahawkin, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/13/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good
My first generator was drowned by Superstorm Sandy, even though it had served me well in the past, so, I made the decision to upgrade and never sit in the dark like a troglodlyte again. The new Generator started up on the first pull, and has run flawlessly under no load for the break-in period. Power inlet and transfer box going in next week, and we'll be ready for the next "100 year storm"...
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Fast
Albert Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Adam
Green Twp., NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/13/11
REVIEWED
NOV.
03
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
5 Days Of Heat & Tv Thanks To Generators Direct!
This generator got us through the east coast Halloween snow storm without a hitch! Everything was easy about this generator. From ordering to free shipping to set-up and then running for 5 days. Could not be happier!
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Anthony L.
Staten Island, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/31/12
REVIEWED
NOV.
24
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice Product
It shipped fast, had no problems.

I pulled it out of the box and it took 5 minutes to setup.

It started on the first pull, & seems well built.
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Jim
Ramsey, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/26/12
REVIEWED
NOV.
17
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Hurricane Sandy Power
I had ordered the generator and it was supposed to arrive on the day Sandy hit NJ. Unfortunately, it could not be delivered that day, but I was able to pick it up a day later.

I took it out of the box, put on the wheels and handle, filled it with the oil (supplied with generator) and gas. To my surprise, with one pull it started right up!

It's an excellent product and I would recommend it to anyone thinking about a back-up generator.
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Mark
Arlington, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/9/12
REVIEWED
SEP.
10
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Purrs Along
So far so good. I unpacked it, filled it with oil and some fuel, and the little guy started immediately on the first pull. It purrs along at a reasonable noise level - no more than an average gas lawn mower.

I'm very pleased with the purchase. I like that it doesn't weigh 200 pounds and yet will supply enough power to run essentials in an emergency outage.

Of course, the generator hasn't been put to a true test at this point - no storms knocking out electricity - but I'm confident... more
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Luis
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/17/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
28
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Ok But Not Great
During the last storm, we lost power for almost 3 days. The last day we were without power we borrowed a small Honda generator. It was easy to start. When I tried to start the 30466, it took some doing with the choke and switches. The first time I tried to start it, I think I may have flooded the carburetor. After it started running, it ran well, but did not feel it like a smooth/steady sound. I trust it will start well when I need it!
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
Luis,
Please follow the Owner's Manual instructions about engine break-in for best performance. Using fresh gasoline will also make for easier starting.
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Jay
Chattanooga, TN
REVIEWED
SEP.
07
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Generator
I picked up this unit after we had some tornadoes come through our area of TN. I was without power for 5 days, but lucky I borrowed a Honda unit. I did some research and this Briggs & Stratton unit fit my needs. I've had good quality out of my other Briggs & Stratton powered yard equipment and hoped the engine quality would be just as good.

The unit was shipped and delivered fast. It was packaged good, and came with everything I need to get it running, except gas. I put it... more
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Gary B.
North Andover, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/17/11
REVIEWED
JUL.
03
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
I Kinda Figured
My Briggs runs great! No electric output, what a dilly! Shipped with in a week Starts great but it don't work. Now I got to take my new gen to get fixed at a service center. Thanks. never again. One pissed off customer.
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Gary
North Andover, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/17/11
REVIEWED
JUL.
09
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
My Story
My new Briggs & Stratton generator is currently at the repair shop, the motors runs great but doesn't produce any current. I have tried it all and nothing works. After 3 week of trying and testing, still nothing. The generator is now at a Briggs dealer from repairs, after moving and lifting it myself, and transporting to the repair shop, what an experience.

I guess it's easier for the customer to do this than to test them first. I don't care if all your generators work great, but the... more
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Dennis
Clinton, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/17/10
REVIEWED
JAN.
15
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Ready For New England Winter Ice Storms
Connected the Briggs 3500 Watt Generator to the outside power inlet box and ran all the house, garage, and cellar lights the fridge, furnace (with on-demand hot water running), and the microwave. The load was under 2500.

In all likelihood I should be able to comfortably run the sewer pump on demand and the range top with other circuits turned off. I did not connect the washer and dryer to the Reliance Manual Switch.

The generator’s motor starts on the first pull (if I remember to... more
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Kristian
Sierra Madre, CA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/30/13
REVIEWED
FEB.
20
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy Customer
My Briggs & Stratton arrived in good condition. The driver even helped me get the unit up my inclining driveway. Put it together with no problem. Easy to understand instructions. Started on the first pull. Just hope I never have to use for the purpose I bought it .. THE BIG QUAKE! I am a builder so it might come to good use in between.
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Don
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/20/12
REVIEWED
JAN.
31
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Insurance Protection Ever
Received my new generator, and with the help of a neighbor, unpacked it and set it up! You guys thought of everything, great
instructions, all the parts together, even the oil for the crankcase.

We gassed it up, started on the very first pull on the lanyard
and ran so quiet! My neighbor is a volunteer fireman, and he said that he had never heard one running as quiet as mine!
All in all, I could not be happier that I made this purchase, one of the best buys that I ever made!!
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Janice T.
Metairie, LA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/3/12
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Our Briggs And Stratton
We Were Very Pleased With Our New Generator. We Used It For Hurricane Isaac and It Worked Great.

My Brother Liked It So Much That He Ordered a Generator From Electric Generators Direct.

the Delivery of Our Generator Was Very Fast- Thank You Direct For Such Great Service.
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Larry G.
Lebanon, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/30/12
REVIEWED
SEP.
02
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just Super!
It was easy to put together. It had great instructions- I like the extra copy of the directions as well, in case I lose them.

It started on the first pull and had enough power for my small cottage. I've already had to use it and everything ran well. It could be a bit quieter, though!

It's a nice product for the price and I would suggest it to my friends.
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Dave
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/9/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
01
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just In Time
Received the generator on Monday, via R&L (great people by the way). Set the generator up on Wednesday. Power went out Friday afternoon....one pull and we have power back!

The outage lasted 5 hours.....perfect for the break in period. On Saturday I changed the oil, fueled her up and I'm just waiting for the next outage.

I could not be happier with this generator- great price, great people and a darn good carrier that delivers those goods!
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Joe
Battle Creek, MI
REVIEWED
OCT.
03
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Hopefully A Lemon...
Bought brand new from Sears in June '11, never worked, long saga with repair dealer and direct with company led to scrapping the first one and finally getting a replacement 3 months later. It works fine but time will tell. The first one and the effort it took to finally get something for all the money and effort was an ordeal, and the repair shop had another brand new one in with the same story. Buyer beware it seems like at this point, but hopefully the next one will function when needed.
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Russ
Lincoln Park, NJ
REVIEWED
SEP.
14
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Owner
Needed a generator Quick ! I mean ASAP ! Had Hurricane Irene beating on the back door. Ordered on Wednesday. Had it in NJ By Friday morning with the advance shipping. Big Booyah out to R & L trucking for getting it to me on Friday also. 2 great companies worth using. Generator was awesome. Just like the guy said. Put oil in it, slap the wheels on, pull the cord and your good to go. Unit is very quite. Luckily I didn't have to use it but my buddy lost power for 5 days. On the second day he... more
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Roland
Dracut, MA
REVIEWED
MAR.
06
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Helping Hand
I bought my generator to have for just in case. Last year we had a lot of water in the cellar and if we had lost electricity I would have been in trouble.

I received it Thursday and it just so happened my neighbor next door had his electrical service pulled of his house Fri. I set it up and let him use it until his service was restored Sun. It worked very well and was pretty quiet.
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Anthony
South Setauket, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/30/12
REVIEWED
DEC.
18
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Service From Edg
Two friends of mine recommended this model.
I ordered 2 of these the day Sandy hit.
One for me and one for my mother.

My mother lost power for a few days and got it back on the day the generators arrived.
It only took 2 days to receive them.
I put the wheels on,oil in the crank case, and filled a gallon of fuel.
Both generators started on the first pull.
I Ran my power drill to drill thru cement walls and had radio going at same time with no problems

I haven't loaded them down... more
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Gary
Milford, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 4/11/11
REVIEWED
MAY.
03
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Satisfied Customer
Wow, it was here in two days! Runs and works great. Congratulations on superb customer service.
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Sam
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/31/13
REVIEWED
MAR.
07
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Job
Started on the 2nd pull. Ran smoothly. Very happy so far.
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Dave
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/22/12
REVIEWED
JAN.
25
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
B&s Generator
I like it very much,I think it was a great buy.
I haven't had a chance to use it much.
No power outage yet.
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