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Briggs & Stratton 30470 - 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Elite Series OHV
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Ideal Home Back-up Generator

Briggs & Stratton Elite 2100 Series™ OHV Engine
Powerful overhead valve engine for long life & quieter operation

Electric Start with Recoil Backup
Start the generator with a simple press of a button
Includes Battery & Float Charger

12" Wheel Portablility Kit
Large wheels roll over rough ground easily
T-style fold-down handle take less space when stored

Extended Run 7-Gallon Gas Tank
Generates up to 9 hours of electricity at half load

Single Sided Control Panel
All user touch points are conveniently in one location
Features rubber outlet covers

Low Oil Shutdown Protected
Prevents engine damage if oil level is too low to safely start

Easy Maintenance
Built-in hour meter helps you keep track of oil changes

  Model Number:30470
 Manufacturer:Briggs & Stratton
 Made in USA:No
 Brand:Briggs & Stratton Elite Series OHV
 Starting System:12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
 HP/CC:420 cc
 Consumer Engine Warranty:2 Years
 Commercial Engine Warranty:1 Year
 Engine RPM:3600 RPM
 Low Oil Alert/Shutdown:Yes
 Cast Iron Sleeve:Yes
Product Specs
 Voltage120/240 Single-Phase
 Frequency:60 Hertz
 Auto Voltage Regulation:Yes
 Fuel TypeGasoline
 Rated Amps:29 Amps @ 240 Volts (Single Phase)
 Portability Kit:NeverFlat
 Tank Size:7 Gallons
 Run Time (50% Load):9 Hours
 Fuel Tank Material:Metal
 Fuel Gauge:Yes
 Decibel Rating @ 7m:Not Measured by Manufacturer 
 Idle Control:No
 Hour Meter:Yes
 Voltage Meter:No
 Lifting Eye:No
 Neutral Type:Bonded
 Assembly Required:Yes
 Weight:248 Lbs. (112.49 kilograms)
 Dimensions:34.75"L x 23"W x 26.75"H
(88.27 x 58.42 x 67.95 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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  17 Questions
Q: I was interested in buying the Generac GP17500E. I did my homework and believe it is the one for me. The questions I have are:

1. Can I convert it to propane?

2. How long will a 15lb propane tank last on this generator if I'm not powering the whole house and just the bare necessities?

Thank you Ryan

by Ryan from New York on October 16, 2013

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

We at Power Equipment Direct do not recommend converting your gasoline portable generator to an alternative fuel and doing so will void the manufacturer’s warranty and may cause damage to the generator itself. These conversions are not recommended by any of the generator manufacturers.

Gasoline has an Ignition Point of 475–536 °F. When a generator is manufactured to run solely on gasoline these temperatures are taken into consideration and the engine components are made to handle these temperatures.

Propane (LP) has an Ignition Point of 920-1020°F and Natural Gas (NG) has an Ignition Point of 900–1500°F. These higher temperatures will cause damage over time on any “gas only” powered engine.

The following guidelines cover Honda engines (Also applies to other engine manufacturers) modified to run on fuels other than the one for which they were designed, such as converting an engine to run on propane (LP) or natural gas (NG).

• Honda gasoline engines are certified to operate on unleaded fuel with a pump octane rating of 86 or higher, containing no more than 10% ethanol (E10).

• Any change to the original configuration of a certified Honda engine is a potential violation of the Clean Air Act prohibition against tampering (40 CFR §1068.101(b)(1)). The tampering prohibition is important because poorly designed and installed modifications can increase emissions.

• The Clean Air Act prohibits anyone from removing or rendering inoperative any device or design element installed on engines in compliance with regulations. These actions are considered tampering, which carries a civil penalty up to $37,500 for each engine or equipment in violation.

• Engines converted by a third party (OEM, dealer, converter, etc.) to run on a different fuel type must be recertified with the EPA on the new fuel to comply with applicable emission standards. The third party must recertify under a new family and notify Honda to not include the modified engines in the original family.

• Converted engines to be sold for use in California must meet CARB requirements and the converter must obtain approval from CARB. EPA certificates or tampering exemptions will not satisfy the requirement for CARB certification.

• Once certified, the third party must remove the Honda emission control label and apply a compliant emission control label for the new fuel indicating the new certifying manufacturer. Honda will no longer assume any responsibility as the certifying manufacturer.

• The Honda Distributor's Limited Warranty does not extend to parts affected or damaged by the conversion to or use of fuel other than the fuel for which the engine was originally designed.

• Honda offers V-twin engines specifically designed and certified for use in LP/NG applications. The engines incorporate special design features that address the higher combustion temperatures and reduced lubrication to the valve guide area (since it is a dry fuel, not liquid). Please contact your sales representative or distributor for additional information.

Disclaimer: The guidance provided is intended for Honda dealer/distributor informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You must contact the appropriate certifying agencies if you require information on how regulations apply to your specific application.

The regulations and additional information can be found at these web sites:



The run times will always vary based on the actual load put on the generator.

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: I Know nothing about generators......How many plugs/outlets does this generator have?
by Marty P from New Jersey on September 07, 2013

A: You can see the available outlets listed on the individual product page under the specs tab. This unit has the following outlets......

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Last year I purchased a Briggs and Stratton 7000w generator. I want to know, is there a natural gas conversion kit I can purchase for this generator?
by Donald Gaddis from New York on August 31, 2013

A: Thank you for your interest in Electric Generators Direct!

At this time Briggs & Stratton does not offer a natural gas conversion for their portable generators. The units are designed only for use with gasoline which burns at approximately half of the temperature of natural gas.

This type of conversion may severely affect the performance of the unit as the units cannot handle the increased temperatures. Your warranty coverage will be voided should this modification be performed.

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Do you have the dimensions of the box as it is shipped?
by Greg from Connecticut on August 25, 2013

A: Box dimensions are:

L: 35"
W: 22.5"
H: 26.25"

That is the box dimensions only. These units ship on a pallet via common carrier semi-truck and lift gate service is recommended. Without lift gate service you will need to have the means to remove the unit from the back of the semi-truck with either a forklift of ship it to a dock.

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Subject: 30470 Briggs & Stratton Generator

Hi Jim,

If the battery had not been charged previously with the Float Charger can the recoil/pull start be used instead? On your website it says that this model comes with Free Lift Gate service. Does this mean that it could be put on our driveway or in our garage for free? Thanks.


by Terry Fudin from Connecticut on June 08, 2012

A: If the battery is dead then you can definitely use the recoil to start the unit. The battery/electric start is a convenience and not necessarily required.

Lift gate service allows the semi-truck driver to get the unit off the back of the truck for curbside/end of driveway delivery.
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Does the 30470 Briggs & Stratton come with a pull start? If I wanted to use the battery start, how is it charged?

by Harvey Loeb from Pennsylvania on May 07, 2011

A: This model has both electric start and recoil start. The unit also comes with a charger which needs to be plugged into the unit when it is not in use.

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Does the generator also charge the generator battery when it is being operated?
by James from Maryland on April 16, 2011

A: No, the unit does come with a Briggs & Stratton float charger which is plugged into the unit when it is not in operation (while in storage).
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Is the B&S 30470 California compliant?
by Mark Fairbanks from California on March 02, 2011

A: This model Briggs & Stratton 30470 is not CA CARB compliant. Please visit the following link for all of the CARB compliant models we offer.

CA CARB Approved
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Hi;
I purchased the B&S 30471 which is rated at 8000-1000 watts. I am now looking into the transfer panels and outdoor connections. Here is my question. I am looking at the 10 circuit panel but it is rated at max 7500 watts. I know that I will probably never be near max but is the recommended one capable for this gen if it (God forbid) goes near max?

by Bob Martin from New York on February 13, 2011

A: The recommended manual transfer switches are 30A switches and are perfect for connection to a 8000 watt generator. Generator sizing should be based on 80% of the generators running capacity so the generator has the flexibility to handle the surges without losing proper voltage.

There is another way to give total panel control by using a manual transfer panel which would match your current panel size and is mounted between your meter and your main panel. You can then control all of your breakers as long as you do not exceed 80% of the generators running capacity.

100A Manual Transfer Panel

200A Manual Transfer Panel

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Would the Elite 30242/30470 generator work well with an RV? I'm a little concerned about the noise level since B&S doesn't publish the decibel ratings for their generators.
by Ron Heflin from Texas on February 13, 2011

A: As you know, the 30424 unit has been replaced by the B&S 30470 and is a good quality replacement with all the new features. This will work with your RV, however, manufacturers are not required to provide db(A) rating as there are no requirements or regulations for this. Briggs does do a good job with using noise suppressing mufflers to keep the unit at decent levels but this will not meet National park noise restrictions as these are designed for residential use.

Sometimes it is better to go with a true RV generator such as the Generac RV line that we carry and can be fueled from your RV gas tank or a separate LP style tank. These units are typically mounted in convenient locations on the RV's. This may be a good option for long term use.

RV Generators

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: What do I need to consider when running a computer or LCD television off of my portable generator? I currently have a 10hp Briggs and Stratton powered Craftsman generator.
by Virgil Litterell from Oklahoma on February 07, 2011

A: The main thing to consider is the entire load you are connecting to your generator. The rule of thumb is to size the generator to 80% of the running capacity of the generator so that it has enough flexibility when a large load kicks on (refrigerator) the generator has enough power to handle it and not have to struggle which keeps the ability to output good voltage. It is the voltage drops that can damage/hurt sensitive electronics so it is important to not overload the generators.
by Mike, Product Expert

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.
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: How many watts do I need to run my heating system in a power outage. I have a forced hot water heating system? I've been reading the specs on the Briggs & Stratton Elite 30470. Is this big enough?
by Helen Moe from Massachusetts on January 23, 2011

A: Proper sizing of the generator is crucial to the success of any installation and requires a good working knowledge of electricity and its characteristics, as well as the varying requirements of the electrical equipment comprising the load. When analyzing the electrical load, consult the manufacturer’s nameplate on each major appliance or piece of equipment to determine its starting and running requirements in terms of watts, amps and voltage. When choosing the generator output select a rating that is approximately 20 to 25% higher than the peak load (for example, if the load is about 8 kilowatts, select a 10 kW generator). A higher rated generator will operate comfortably at approximately 80% of its full capacity and will provide a margin of flexibility if the load increases in the future.

We recommend that you have a certified electrician do your wattage calculations to verify the generator size is correct for your application.
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Hello Jim, I have the Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator. Can you tell me which manual transfer switch kit is recommended for proper operation?

Thank you! Anthony

by Anthony from South Carolina on January 21, 2011

A: You should be considering a 30A manual transfer switch along with a cord and the outdoor power inlet box.

30-Amp Switches

30-Amp Cords

30-Amp Boxes

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Can you explain the benefits of the different alternator types? (Brushed vs. Brushless)
by Lee from Maine on January 21, 2011

A: Brushless Alternators Benefits:
• Less required maintenance due to absence of brushes
• High efficiency, no voltage drop across brushes
• Higher speed range - no mechanical limitation imposed by brushes/commutator
• Low electric noise generation

Brushless Alternators Cons:
• Higher cost of construction
• Control is complex and expensive

Brushed Alternator Benefits:
• Two wire control
• Replaceable brushes for extended life
• Low cost of construction
• No controller is required for fixed speeds
• Operates in extreme environments due to lack of electronics

Brushed Alternator Cons:
• Periodic maintenance is required
• Speed/torque is moderately flat. At higher speeds, brush friction increases, thus reducing useful torque
• Poor heat dissipation due to internal rotor construction
• Higher rotor inertia which limits the dynamic characteristics
• Lower speed range due to mechanical limitations on the brushes
• Brush Arcing will generate noise which could cause EMI (Electromagnetic Interference)

by Mike, Product Expert

Q: I'm considering ordering the Briggs & Stratton 30470 - 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator.
The only thing I need to know is this- How many hour of power will I get on a full tank while burning 6,000 watts all the way through?

by Fred Forino from New York on January 17, 2011

A: Briggs & Stratton does not give an exact run time as the listed 50% load run time is an estimate. This is due to the different fuels, personal maintenance and storage which can vary the run time. Also, it is recommended to size a generator to 80% of the running capacity, which helps with the longevity and the voltage output by keeping the alternator stress low. When operating "beyond" the recommended 80% and a large load spike hits the unit, such as a refrigerator compressor kicking on, the unit can struggle with the voltage output and drop below recommended levels.

If your need is a constant 6,000 watts, then you should be looking at a 7,500 watt or larger generator. Emergency
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: How does this generator start in cold weather with the electric start? What is the difference between OHV engine & Generac's OHVI engine?
by Daryl Hammond from Ohio on January 17, 2011

A: Portable generators are normally stored inside and the B&S 30471 comes with a float style battery charger which is plugged into the generator when not in use. This allows the generator battery to have a sufficient charge when the generator is needed to start.

An OHV (Overhead Valve) engine is compact designed and generally makes the unit operate quieter. The Generac OHVI (Overhead Valve Industrial) engine is built robustly with premium power and high performance and comes with a fully pressurized oil lubrication system and spin-on filter.
by Mike, Product Expert

Briggs & Stratton 30470 Reviews & Ratings
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4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
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Price (6)
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Features (6)
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Heavy (1)
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91% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Stamford, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/11/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Online Ordering, Great Service, Started Right Up
After days without power from Irene and Sandy, I decided I'd be prepared for the next power outage. I had a local electrician hook up a Gen-Tran 30 amp eight circuit transfer switch.

I ordered this online and received it just a few days later. R & L delivered it perfectly. I opted for the lift gate service, and the delivery man was good enough to wheel it about 10 yards into my garage. Very happy with the ordering and the delivery of the product.

I put the generator's wheels on. ... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/18/15
Most Helpful Critical Review
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
What A Joke...
I purchased this item on May 18th and received the item a few days later. After using this unit 1-2 times a week for the past month and a half the engine keeps stalling out.

The unit has 16.4 hrs on it. I was told to call Briggs and Stratton which proved useless. This generator is basically brand new there is no reason this unit should already need repairs.
Alec Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
I'm sorry to hear that you are having issues with your generator. The Briggs & Stratton generator comes with a 3 year warranty and they would be more than happy to look at the unit and see what the problem could be. Although this is not very common it does happen from time to time and rest assured Briggs will be able to repair the generator.

Below is a link to find a local service center in your area.

Briggs & Stratton Dealer Locator
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We’re sorry that you have experienced issues with your engine. There is a 2 year warranty time frame covering manufacturing defects and workmanship. Please take the unit into an authorized service center to see if there was a manufacturing defect. Follow this link: for a service dealer locator.
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Michael M.
Northford, CT
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/9/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Excited About My New 7000 Watt Generator
I recently purchased a Generac generator on Ebay. As it turned out, the item was a complete scam and Ebay refunded my money. It turned out to be a blessing because I read a lot of reviews about the Briggs and Stratton generator being better. I ordered it on Monday and it arrived four days later. Free shipping and free lift gate via R&L.

The driver brought it right into my garage. Set it up in about 20 minutes, filled it with oil (came with it) and gas and she fired right up. I didn't... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Features, High Quality, Sharp Looking
Michael Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Craig Y.
Waterford, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/23/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Works every time! Loud but reliable start and function. I forgot the key one time while at camp and had a use a screwdriver... just in case you're curious if you could.
Craig Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Donald M.
Cumberland, RI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 7/11/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Briggs & Stratton 30470 - 7000 Watt Electric Start Portable Gene
I bought this unit as an emergency backup. I am very pleased with the purchase and delivery of this unit. What I received is just what is advertised, no surprises. The delivery was quick, on time and the free lift gate delivery a real bonus. The driver was very courteous and helpful. He actually placed the unit in my garage. Setup was easy. After adding the oil to the unit it started up on the first try. I have run a test simulating a power failure and the generator handled all the critical... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Donald Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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William R.
Willis, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 6/5/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Purchase Experience
Bought it by phone. Shipping was great and machine is excellent.
William Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Vincent B.
West Islip, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/20/15
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Price Change
I'm very happy with my Briggs 30470, however I'm not happy that only a few weeks ago I paid $949 yet now they're on sale for $882.

When I inquired about the possibility of a $67 refund I was denied.
Vincent Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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We're sorry you feel that way. Unfortunately sales are only applicable on designated dates.
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Brenda F.
Litchfield, NH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/1/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Recommended By Electrician
We live in the North East and lose power a couple times a year for at least two days each. We finally broke down and bought a generator when the last outage was right through Thanksgiving and we were hosting! We had to move the meal to a relative's house which had a generator.

That was it. No more relying on someone else. Purchased this unit based on a recommendation from our local electrician and had the electrician put in a hookup for it attached to our fuse box. We'll be ready for... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Easy To Store, Durable, I'd Buy It Again
Brenda Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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W. Barnstable, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/30/13
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Northest Blizzard Of February 2013
The generator arrived in less then a week after I ordered it with no problems. In fact two days after it arrived, we had approximately 15" of snow on Cape Cod and were without power for over 50 continuous hours. We hooked the generator up to the circuit breaker and we had plenty of power fro the water pump, the oil furnace, a bank of lights, and the TV. Because of freezing temps, the generator ran for 30 hours during the power failure. The only problem I had was when I shut it down at... more
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Scott C.
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/9/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Life In The Country
Bought this unit last summer in anticipation of this winter of 2014. Only used 3 hours in the late summer due to power outage. Worked fine for 3 hours then the power came back on. Not a real test until we got the ice storm here in Pennsylvania this week. No power now for 4 days... but we have heat, water, light, refrigeration, and garage doors that work. This unit justs hums along and is a well built generator with ease of use. BUY IT.
Pros: Easy To Use, Reliable, Price, Durable
Scott Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Port Jefferson, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/20/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Dr. Gumby Says: Works Great !
This generator so far has been used for 20hrs. Yes, not much, but it worked great. I had loaded the gen at about 28Amps 220vac and it was cruzin along.

No sputtering, and, AND, at that load I got 118.9vac on my test meter. No load its 119.99vac. You can't ask for better than that.

Also, I have electronics. Lots more than the average homeowner. No problems at all. None of my computers even sensed a problem. I had one flakey UPS that had a chattering relay when running on the gen. But... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Reliable, Easy To Store
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