After the storms and power outages of 2011, many people have considered purchasing a Briggs & Stratton 30470 portable generator. Portable gas-powered generators can run appliances via high-quality extension cords or can be run via a single cord attached to a power transfer switch. Portable generators are the least expensive electrical production option for households that have lost power. Before purchasing a running a gas-powered generator, homeowners should ensure that they’ve sized the product properly, planned its use and given the machine a test run. Properly sizing a generator takes some calculation, but in general, the generator’s wattage should be slightly greater than the simultaneous loads that will be running on the generator. If you check for appliance wattage but cannot find the listing, then multiply the amperage by the volts to find wattage. Also, don’t forget that motor devices, like furnace fans and well pumps, use as much as five times more wattage on startup than they do when running steadily. Appliances like electric hot water heaters may also put a strain on any generator.
The Briggs & Stratton 30470 generator operates at 7,000 watts running and at 8,500 watts when starting. At 50 percent load, the generator operates for thirteen hours without requiring refueling thanks to the seven-gallon fuel tank. In general, this model is designed to power large appliances in addition to lights in a medium-sized home (assuming that homeowners won’t be running the air conditioner). The 11-horsepower overhead valve engine features electric start and remote choke and comes backed by a three-year limited warranty. The Super Silencer muffler eliminates extra noise and limits spark production. The generator also has an hour meter to let you know when the oil needs to be changed. For outlets, the product has four regular ACs and one 30-amp locking outlet on a weather-protected panel.
Briggs & Stratton 30470 Customer Reviews
Customers, in general, have reported that the Briggs & Stratton 30470 lives up to the reliability that is associated with the Briggs & Stratton name. Consumer Reports rated the 30242 its top small generator, and the 30470 seems to be following in its predecessor’s footsteps. Customers noted that the generator started right away and that the assembly process was easy. The Briggs & Stratton 30470 replaces the Elite 30242, providing more wattage at a lower price.
“We’re always a little nervous when a manufacturer discontinues a proven bestseller and replaces it with something new,” says reviewer Jim Baugher.
“Thankfully, the new Briggs & Stratton is nothing to lose sleep over.” Repair parts, on the rare occasion that they are needed, are readily available, and shops are comfortable working on Briggs & Stratton equipment.
However, customers did have some suggestions for improving the model. One suggestion included adding a gauge to the Briggs & Stratton 30470 to show either current or peak load. That way, customers would ensure that they had the right generator size for their operational needs. Customers also recommended adding a fuel stabilizer to the tank when the generator was not in use to ensure that gasoline didn’t break down and cause damage to the engine. In addition, customers noted that the engine would have to be shut off and given time to cool before refueling. Some customers who had issues with the generator complained about the difficulty of finding online support tools and the lack of knowledge among the telephone customer service staff. However, most customers reported a satisfying experience with the generator.
Even the best generators come with safety concerns. Always remember to locate your Briggs & Stratton 30470 at least 10 feet away from the house to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, homeowners sometimes try to connect two-pronged extension cords between their generators and a wall outlet. This electrification of the home’s branch circuit causes the risk of shock and fire. Also, generators plugged into the wall pose a danger of sending current flowing outside of the house, which puts utility workers who are fixing downed power lines in danger. Instead, appliances should be plugged directly into the generator using a heavy duty extension cord. Another idea is to connect the generator to a power transfer switch, which can be easily installed by an electrician. By following a few safety tips and sizing the generator carefully, you will be sure to have a satisfying experience with your Briggs & Stratton 30470.