Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
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Product Description
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Grade
Style
Run Watts
8,000
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
10,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Grade
Emergency
Style
Portable
Run Watts
8,000
Surge Watts
10,000 Starting Watts
Fuel
Gasoline
Engine
Briggs and Stratton Elite Series OHV


Product Video Disclaimer: "PED is not responsible for any variances from the product in this video and the item you purchase. Please review all product specs prior to purchase."

Features
Features
  • 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
Specifications
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA L14-30R
Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs and Stratton Elite Series OHV
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
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
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brush
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
10000 Watts
Rated Watts
8000 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
33 Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
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
Battery
Included
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
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
UPC
011675304713
Grade
Style
Run Watts
8,000
Rated Watts
Surge Watts
10,000
Starting Watts
Fuel
Engine
Grade
Emergency
Style
Portable
Run Watts
8,000
Surge Watts
10,000 Starting Watts
Fuel
Gasoline
Engine
Briggs and Stratton Elite Series OHV


Product Video Disclaimer: "PED is not responsible for any variances from the product in this video and the item you purchase. Please review all product specs prior to purchase."

Features
Features
  • 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
Specifications
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA L14-30R
Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs and Stratton Elite Series OHV
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
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
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brush
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
10000 Watts
Rated Watts
8000 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
33 Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
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
Battery
Included
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
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
UPC
011675304713
Product Specs
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Specifications
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA 5-20R (Wall-Type)
NEMA L14-30R
Engine
Engine Brand
Briggs and Stratton Elite Series OHV
Starting System
12-Volt Key Start w/ Recoil
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
Voltage
120/240 Single-Phase
Frequency
60 Hertz
Alternator
Brush
Auto Voltage Regulation
Yes
Surge Watts
10000 Watts
Rated Watts
8000 Watts
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Rated Amps
33 Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
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
Battery
Included
Grade Type
Emergency
Plugs
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
2
NEMA L14-30R
1
Overview
Made in USA
No
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
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
UPC
011675304713
Reviews
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Briggs & Stratton 30471 Reviews & Ratings
95% of Reviewers Recommend This Product
Product Q&A
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Search Product Q&A's Answered by Jared, the Portable Generator Expert
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Hi Mike, I was wondering if I can purchase an automatic transfer switch for this generator? Thanks
Gordon 
from California 
January 11, 2014
Answer
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
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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? Thanks
Scott  
from Connecticut 
December 16, 2013
Answer
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.
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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
Ryan  
from New York 
October 16, 2013
Answer
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:

EPA - EPA

CARB - CARB


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


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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?
Glenn  
from Rhode Island 
September 09, 2013
Answer
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.

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Do you have the dimensions of the box as it is shipped?
Greg 
from Connecticut 
August 25, 2013
Answer
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.
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Hi Jim. Are replacement parts available for this model? The 30471 Briggs 8000W
John Billing 
from Washington 
December 06, 2012
Answer
Sorry, we do not sell any generator parts. You will need to contact a local service dealer for parts assistance.

Briggs Dealer Locator
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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?
Mike Lanspa 
from Maryland 
September 23, 2012
Answer
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.
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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?
Lee Sisson 
from Virginia 
July 01, 2012
Answer
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)
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THE SPECS. SAY 22.2 INS. WIDE, DOES THAT INCLUDE THE WHEEL KIT. I NEED THIS GEN. TO GET IN MY BACK DOOR SHED
BOB MARTORANO 
from New Jersey 
June 14, 2012
Answer
The size indicated is the frame only and with the wheels you are at about 30 inches.
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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)?
Mike 
from New Hampshire 
February 09, 2012
Answer
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.
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How much oil in engine/generator?
Bill 
from Washington 
January 22, 2012
Answer
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)
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just purchased a Briggs and Stratton 30471 generator, can i use a 50 amp cord too power it up?
Lisa 
from New Hampshire 
January 05, 2012
Answer
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.
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Looking for a portable gas generator between 5000-7500 watts. Which one would have a low sound rating?
Michael Peppino 
from Massachusetts 
September 01, 2011
Answer
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
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was is the db(a) for the 30471 8000 Watt Electric Start
Carl 
from North Carolina 
May 06, 2011
Answer
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 !
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Can the system be converted to propane?
Curtis 
from Tennessee 
April 22, 2011
Answer
No, this generator is engineered to operate on gasoline only and any conversions to the unit will void the manufacturers warranty.
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Is this generator CA Compliant? Briggs & Stratton 30471 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator. Thanks.
Adam Skillen 
from California 
February 26, 2011
Answer
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
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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?
Bob Martin 
from New York 
February 13, 2011
Answer
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
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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.
Virgil Litterell 
from Oklahoma 
February 07, 2011
Answer
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.
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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
Leslie Moore 
from Missouri 
February 05, 2011
Answer
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.
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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.
Dale  
from New Hampshire 
January 23, 2011
Answer
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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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
Anthony 
from South Carolina 
January 21, 2011
Answer
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
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Can you explain the benefits of the different alternator types? (Brushed vs. Brushless)
Lee 
from Maine 
January 21, 2011
Answer
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)
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How does this generator start in cold weather with the electric start? What is the difference between OHV engine & Generac's OHVI engine?
Daryl Hammond 
from Ohio 
January 17, 2011
Answer
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.
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