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Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Model: 30471
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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
Engine Brand
Briggs and Stratton Elite Series OHV
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
420 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
1 Year
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Cast Iron Sleeve
Product Specs
120/240 Single-Phase
60 Hertz
Auto Voltage Regulation
Surge Watts
10000 Watts
Rated Watts
8000 Watts
Fuel Type
Rated Amps
33 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
7 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
9 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Fuel Gauge
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
Hour Meter
Voltage Meter
Lifting Eye
Neutral Type
Grade Type
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
NEMA L14-30R
Made in USA
Assembly Required
251 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
34.8 Inches
Product Width
22.2 Inches
Product Height
25.9 Inches
Consumer Warranty
3 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
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  23 Questions
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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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.

Briggs Dealer Locator

by Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, 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 Jared, Product Expert

Briggs & Stratton 30471 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Easy To Use (36)
High Quality (24)
Price (21)
Reliable (16)
I'd Buy It Again (15)
Heavy (12)
None (10)
Expensive (5)
Not Brushless (1)
Oil Level Is Hard To Rea... (1)
95% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Detroit, MI
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/29/13
Total Helpful Votes
90 Helpful Votes
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
Randy Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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East Greenville, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 8/31/11
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
77 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
What a great generator!!! This is the second review that I have written for this one. We were hit really hard with the early snowstorm in PA. We had no power for 5 days and nights. This generator ran almost the entire time we were down without missing a beat. I was the envy of the neighborhood since I was the only one with lights, water and hot water! This unit runs almost my entire house minus the electric heat. It handled my well pump, electric water heater and most lighting needs. You will... more
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Mike Maione
Hillsdale, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/7/11
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
58 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Finished Job!
I put this switch in a month ago & tested it out. I actually lost power when this freak October 29 noreaster hit and it worked with no problems. I was able to use all the circuits I wired to it and I could choose to turn off some as needed. I can configure the box for summer (air condition, pool, etc) or winter ( no air conditioner, pool) and use those circuits for other needed uses. I took a picture of both the panel and the transfer box (printed them both and placed by the panel) and... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 4/27/13
Total Helpful Votes
184 Helpful Votes
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Generator Did Not Work Out Of Box
My Briggs & Stratton 30471 did not produce electricity right out of the box. Unfortunately, Electric Generators Direct told me that I was on my own. They would not replace the product for me since I have already gassed and oiled it (well how else would I know it was faulty?) I now have to deal with Briggs & Stratton directly. Under their warranty I have to take it to a local dealer and I will likely get it fixed, but even though I purchased a brand new generator, I am at best going... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/26/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
126 Helpful Votes
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
I will start from the beginning. After Sandy in Oct. 2012 I felt it was time to buy a generator of significant and have a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician. So I went ahead and purchased the B&S 10,000 watt Elite generator and was told it was on back order and won't be available until Dec. 2012. Then in the middle of Dec. I was informed by EGD that it was still in backorder and will be available in Jan. 2013. So no problem, I waited patiently and it was delivered as... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 3/10/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
78 Helpful Votes
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Generator "surges" Or "hunts"
I was excited to try out the new generator to make sure it worked before I really needed it, so I followed all the instructions by installing the wheels, connecting the battery, adding the oil, and adding fresh gas. The generator started up fairly quickly, but no matter where I put the choke, it would do nothing but "hunt" for a consistent RPM. The constant "surging" means that it wouldn't put out any appreciable voltage/current, so it's essentially worthless in this... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/8/12
Total Helpful Votes
45 Helpful Votes
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Not Happy
I would love nothing more then write a five star review unfortunately I can't. I ran the generator for two minutes in which it broke and has been at the service center ever since.
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Norene M.
Blue Bell, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/9/13
Total Helpful Votes
34 Helpful Votes
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Generator Came Defective
The generator came defective and it took me 8 phone calls to get acknowledgement - It has been in the shop for 2 weeks since I opened the box.
Cons: Low Quality
Norene Does Not Recommend This Product
Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
Product Expert
We apologize about the problems with you new generator. Hopefully the service center should have it back to you soon.
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/8/11
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Excellent When It Worked
Got this unit December of last year. Sat in the garage on charger for entire year. When Sandy hit I hooked her up, press the starter and plenty of power was made. We were out for three days and unit ran excellent. Ran all day and into the evening. We shut it down over night and for fueling. On Day 4 fired her up again but this time no electricity was produced. Luckily power was turned on later that morning. Called B&S and was told to hook up a drill and turn the drill backwards by... more
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Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 9/26/11
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Living in the Northeast you need a good backup in case the power goes out. We decided to upgrade to the 30471 to be able to cover everything. It worked flawlessly. My recommendation is to change the 30 weight oil and use Briggs & Strattons 5w30 synthetic oil. This will cover all seasons without a problem. In sub zero weather the 30 weight was to thick
Pros: High Quality, Durable, Reliable, Features
Bob Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Woodinville, WA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 10/29/10
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Generator!
The generator was delivered right to my garage using the Lift Gate service. We had a local electrician install the transfer switch and ran conduit to a cover I built to keep the weather off the generator.

The generator came with 'some assembly required'. Not like the kids toys where it means you have to put the whole thing together. Putting on the wheels and support leg took less then 20 minutes. I agree with others here that you need to get a long-neck oil funnel to make adding the... more
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