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Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Home Back-up Generator For The Essentials +

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

  Model Number:30471
 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:33 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:251 Lbs. (113.85 kilograms)
 Dimensions:34.8"L x 22.2"W x 25.9"H
(88.39 x 56.39 x 65.79 cm)
 Consumer Warranty:3 Years
 Commercial Warranty:1 Year
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Q: Hi Mike,

I was wondering if I can purchase an automatic transfer switch for this generator?


by Gordon from California on January 11, 2014

A: Thanks for your inquiry.

Automatic transfer switches (ATS) will only auto-start a generator unattended if the generator itself is equipped with electrical controls that allow it to be auto-started. For example, buying an ATS for use with a portable generator, even if it is an electric start model, will not work. The portable generator does not have a remote start/stop engine controller to interface with the ATS.

Manual transfer switches (MTS) are the best and only option when you have a portable generator. They provide a safe disconnect means to power select circuits in the home and prevent dangerous back-feeding. They are manual, however, and require the user to physically start their generator and transfer power through the MTS panel as needed. We offer several of them from the best manufacturers in the industry, Reliance Controls and Generac.

Manual Transfer Switches

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Hi Mike
I have the Briggs & Stratton 30471, and I am just wondering the purpose of the rubber hose that is attached to the gas cap as the other end seems to disappear into the engine - is it merely for venting to prevent a vacuum in the fuel tank as you burn fuel?

by Scott from Connecticut on December 16, 2013

A: The rubber hose is for fuel venting per new EPA standards that all generator manufactures must adhere to. Typically the hose is rerouted back to the air intake housing and reused in the carburetor as opposed to venting into the atmosphere.

by Mike, Product Expert
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 have the Reliance transfer panel model # GEN XRC1003C. I would like to pair it up with the B&S 30471 generator. The switch panel has a switched neutral. Can the generator be used with this panel?

Second question I originally wanted a Generac, but I have read a lot of bad reviews about this brand. With various problems right out of the crate. What brand is most reliable?

by Glenn from Rhode Island on September 09, 2013

A: Thank you for your inquiry!

The XRC1003C is compatible with the Briggs & Stratton 30471 portable generator. The switching neutral feature will ensure the proper transfer of 3-poles once the generator is connected.

The Briggs & Stratton 30471 is one of our more popular portable emergency generators. The product is designed and manufactured by a long standing American company. This would be one our top recommendations.

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: Hi Jim. Are replacement parts available for this model? The 30471 Briggs 8000W
by John Billing from Washington on December 06, 2012

A: Sorry, we do not sell any generator parts. You will need to contact a local service dealer for parts assistance.

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by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I have a Briggs & Stratton 30469 7000 watt generator for home back-up during power outages. How do I know whether or not I need to ground it before operating?
by Mike Lanspa from Maryland on September 23, 2012

A: The owner's manual will specify the specific grounding practice required for your specific generator.

If you do not have the owner's manual you can find it on the Briggs & Stratton generator website.

Typically if you are running extension cords the unit must be connected to an earth ground and if you are connecting the generator to a home manual transfer switch then the switches ground should be fine.

However, local code can dictate all connections and you will need to check with a local certified electrician or your local electrical inspector for your specific codes.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: I have a 50 amp 3 prong twist lock (male) inlet box plug which electricians installed to power up one of my home panels during a power outage. Safety switch installed so no back feed issues. Since the 30471 has a 4 prong 30 amp outlet, is there a cord that I can use or do I need to get one made?
by Lee Sisson from Virginia on July 01, 2012

A: There are no cords available with different ends unless you check out the RV adapters. Unfortunately there are no 3-prong to 4-prong adapters.

If you do connect the 4-prong to your 3-prong outlet you will be only getting 120V output from the generator.

I recommend changing the inlet box and upgrading the wiring from the outlet to the switch, if necessary, so you can get the full benefit of the larger generator.

The maximum wattage capability on a 30A 3-prong connection is 3600 watts. (Ohms Law - Amps x Volts = Watts)

by Mike, Product Expert
by BOB MARTORANO from New Jersey on June 14, 2012

A: The size indicated is the frame only and with the wheels you are at about 30 inches.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Do I need to keep the float charger always plugged in when the generator is not in use? If not how longer should it be plugged and and how often to charge the battery (e.g., one day a month)?
by Mike from New Hampshire on February 09, 2012

A: Briggs & Stratton recommends keeping the charger plugged in at all times when the generator is not in use.

The type of charger they use is a float charger which stops charging when the battery is fully charged and will turn itself back on when the battery charge level drops.

This increases the life of the battery by not overcharging it.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: How much oil in engine/generator?
by Bill from Washington on January 22, 2012

A: Per page 28 of the owner's manual, found on the website product page under the specs section, model 30471 requires:

Oil Capacity.........36 Ounces (1.0 Liters)

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: just purchased a Briggs and Stratton 30471 generator, can i use a 50 amp cord too power it up?
by Lisa from New Hampshire on January 05, 2012

A: No, the maximum amperage outlet for this generator is 30A so the connection on a 50A cord will not fit. You would need to use a 30A 4-prong twist lock cord to properly connect to a 30A inlet box or transfer switch.

by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Looking for a portable gas generator between 5000-7500 watts. Which one would have a low sound rating?
by Michael Peppino from Massachusetts on September 01, 2011

A: It basically depends on the purpose of your generator.

If you are using it for camping to power a central air conditioner, get an inverter generator. They're quiet and expensive.

If you're using it for home back-up, don't be so concerned about the noise.

Yes, the noise is equivalent to a lawn mower. However, everyone is willing to accept the noise during a disaster.

Here's a helpful article about inverters:

How to Keep the Decibels Down
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: was is the db(a) for the 30471 8000 Watt Electric Start
by Carl from North Carolina on May 06, 2011

A: Hi Carl,
Briggs and Stratton does not publish sound ratings for their products, however, our estimate would be in the 72-74dB(A) range. The 30471 is a great machine & it doesn't sound "loud" as it does have a rather pleasant lower tone to the exhaust noise and the mechanical sounds aren't offensive either. Not like one of the old Coleman units of days past that were both loud and high frequency based which made them sound even louder than the sound pressure numbers eluded to.

Vague answer, I know - but hope it helps.

Thanks !
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Can the system be converted to propane?
by Curtis from Tennessee on April 22, 2011

A: No, this generator is engineered to operate on gasoline only and any conversions to the unit will void the manufacturers warranty.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Is this generator CA Compliant? Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator. Thanks.
by Adam Skillen from California on February 26, 2011

A: This model is not CA (CARB) compliant. The following link will show you all of the CA (CARB) compliant models we offer.

CARB Approved Generators

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: 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 looking at the 34071 generator, I have a Honda 6500 inverter generator works great but not quite big enough need about 8000, here's my question I had a less expensive unit and it made my plasma and my new kitchen electronics not work they just flashed and I was told the electric wasn't clean enough, so is this unit good enough? If not do you have one that is? Thank you
by Leslie Moore from Missouri on February 05, 2011

A: Leslie,

The key to making sure you have good clean power it to make sure you have not undersized your generator. A generator should be sized to 80% of the running capacity so that when a large load comes on, the generator has enough flexibility to handle the surge and also continually provide you with proper voltage output due to less stress on the generators alternator.

Note: It is always recommended to have a certified electrician calculate your wattage needs and do your installations.

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: 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: 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
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Easy To Use (35)
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I'd Buy It Again (15)
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The Briggs & Stratton 30471 is more stylish and better equipped than its top rated predecessor.

It comes nicely equipped with an electric start Briggs & Stratton Elite 2100 Series™ OHV Engine. Plus, it features an extra large, 7-gallon metal gas tank, which provides power for up to 9 hours at half load.

The new 30471 also features a single side-mounted control panel with rubber covers protecting the outlets from the elements.

The extra large 12" wheels allows you to... more
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Detroit, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/29/13
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81 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Genset. Some Details To Be Aware Of.
Things of importance mentioned in this review: EGD shopping experience, choke control, float charger, key switch, receptacle order of use, T – Handle, neutral - ground bonded to frame, complete power utilization, power to cost value, country of origin.

I ordered this genset from EGD while it was on sale for $100 off taking this from a good buy to a great buy. The best deal I could find locally was several hundred dollars more. The B&S Elite 8000 (30471) was on backorder and the... more
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Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Features, Good Value For The Price
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Edward B.
Charlton, MA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/29/14
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1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Didn't work from the first start.

I unfortunately have had to claim under the warranty.
Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
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We are sorry to hear of the issue you experienced with the Briggs & Stratton generator you purchased. You have done the right thing in getting Briggs & Stratton involved. They have an outstanding warranty program and will be very thorough in helping you get your generator running correctly. Please give us a call at 800-710-7499 if you need any further assistance.
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We are so sorry to hear that you experienced issues with your new generator and understand how frustrating that can be. It sounds like you've already reached out for warranty work, but if you should need any further assistance to get your generator up and running, please don't hesitate to contact us (http://bit.ly/15oObYS or call 1-800-743-4115).
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Jeff T.
Richland, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/10/14
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14 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Quality Product But Loud.
I haven't really had the opportunity yet to put my B&S generator to the test, but delivery and setup went very smoothly. The generator looks, feels, and seems to be very high quality, and it started and ran like a champ right out of the box!

My only concern is the noise. I expected the generator to be pretty noisy, but wasn't really prepared for it to be as loud as it is. The neighbors won't be happy if/when I fire that unit up and leave it running for any length of time. I do wish it... more
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"Purchase price was very competitive, shipping was free and quick! The product came just as advertised with no issues whatsoever! Electric Generators Direct has a great website that allowed me to compare features, prices, and reviews for many different generators all at one spot! I'd certainly buy from them again, and I have no reservations about recommending them to my friends...which I have already done!"
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Jon L.
Newport News, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/7/14
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
So Far So Good
Looked at several units in this size and decided to pay a little more for the B&S name. PED shipped fast and it arrived quickly in pristine condition. Set up was a snap, wheels on, battery hooked up, gassed up and running in 15 min. Purchased as house backup for storm outages so now just waiting for the lights to go out and put some hours on it. Only negative is that it is not quiet. I'd say 25% louder than the average lawn mower but that's not too bad considering the engine size.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy
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Robert .
Malvern, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/24/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Totally Wonderful
The delivery was beyond fast and the truck driver was courteous and helpful.

The unit was easy and quick to setup. Once all together, I added gasoline and it started very quickly!
Now I have to stop myself from hoping for a power outage!

Thank you very much!!
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Purchased 8/11/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Satisfied
Delivery was on time with no damage at all. Setting up this generator was extremely easy. The electric start is a plus, and I couldn't be happier. The one complaint I have is a couple of figures on the diagram did not match the actual equipment, such as fuel on/off switch and the negative cable connection for the battery. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out, though. Very satisfied with this purchase and it gives me a great deal of mental comfort knowing it is available to use... more
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again, Durable
Cons: None
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Angie M.
Landrum, SC
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/3/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Briggs 30471
Super easy to use . Hopefully I will not need it, but should I lose power I feel "covered".
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Frank T.
Tyler, TX
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/30/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love My Generator
Found this website online. Like the no tax, no shipping costs and it was delivered on time and in perfect condition!

Frank from Texas!
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Craig S.
Yorktown Heights, NY
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
Great So Far!
I received my Briggs & Stratton 30471 quickly and in excellent shape from Electric Generators Direct. I have made several purchases from the PED group and have always been pleased with my purchase, the quick shipping and their service.

I have 5 hours on my generator so far with no complaints. The generator is a bit noisier than I thought it would be but not objectionable. The assembly was straight forward and although I did it by myself, it would probably have been a little easier... more
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Manchester, ME
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/19/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy Setup And Started Right Up
Generator arrived in a box on pallet. Out of the box and set up within maybe 30 minutes. Only thing it needed was fuel, everything else it comes with. Put oil in, gas, connected the battery and it cranked right up. I ran it for maybe 20 minutes the first day checking all the house appliances. It easily powers my whole colonial.

The quality of this unit is great. Everything is assembled properly. The frame and tank are rugged and well built. The wheels are nice and big and it isn't... more
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Norman W.
Gorham, ME
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I have a EXL800 which is now several years old. It looks like the charger has failed and I may need a new battery can you give me a part number and approx. cost and where I might find one.
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Mike, the Portable Generator Expert
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Unfortunately we do not specialize in parts, but you could try giving Briggs & Stratton's customer support line a call at (800) 444-7774. They should be able to help you with that.
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