Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471)

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$1199.99
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  • Sub Brand: Elite Series
  • Continuous Power: 8000 watts
  • Product Type: Portable Generator
  • Continuous Run Time: 9 hr.
  • Assembled Height: 29 in.
  • Low Oil Shutdown: Yes
  • Amperage: 30 amps
  • Engine Displacement: 420 cc
  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • Wheel Kit Included: Yes
  • Fuel Gauge: Yes
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation: Yes
  • Built In Inverter: Yes
  • Assembled Depth: 28 in.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 7.5 gal.
  • Assembled Width: 31 in.
  • Engine Manufacturer: Briggs & Stratton
  • Number of Outlets: 5
  • Voltage: 120/240 volts
  • Electric start
  • 10000 starting watt / 8000 running watt
  • 420cc Briggs 2100 Series OHV engine
  • 20.0 FT-LBS gross torque
  • 4-120V, 1-120/240 30A outlets
  • Dual handles
  • ASM (absorbed glass mate) battery included
  • 3-5 yr battery life


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Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471)
 
4.5

(based on 69 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble (4)
  • Quiet (3)

Cons

  • Noisy (4)

Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

go with the old

purchased one week before huricane sandy. filled oil and gas and started with half a turn of the key. lost power monday at 4 o'clock. i had never hooked it up to house...Read complete review

purchased one week before huricane sandy. filled oil and gas and started with half a turn of the key. lost power monday at 4 o'clock. i had never hooked it up to house until now. ran from 4:30 to 10 pm and only used just under 2.5 gal of gas. ran all day tuesday on 6 gal of gas over 14 hours.hope reliability stands up to there name. great generator. will update in a few months on reliability.

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Works great when it works

Purchased this unit after last years storms. When needed for Sandy I was totally impressed by this generator. Started up with zero problems. Plenty of power to do whatever we wanted. Ran for...Read complete review

Purchased this unit after last years storms. When needed for Sandy I was totally impressed by this generator. Started up with zero problems. Plenty of power to do whatever we wanted. Ran for apx. 11 hrs before needed to refill. We don't run it over night so we shut it down in the evening and when started back up on day 3 of it's use it would not produce power. Took apx 1.5 hrs to get someone from Briggs on the phone who told me I needed to flash the generator. Start generator, plug in a corded drill and while pressing the trigger on the drill turn the chuck counter clockwise.. I turned that chuck both counter and clockwise and still dead. Now trying to find someone that services it. Briggs offered a few local service dealers but when called they say they work on the engines but do nothing with the generator side. Really a pain for a less then one year old generator.

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5.0

Awesome

By Boli

from MAINE

About Me Beginner

Pros

  • Dependable
  • Easy to Start
  • Powerful
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Power Outages

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    This was one of the best investment I made as a new homeowner. I bought this Generator The day after we moved in to our new home. I did all the leg work of running the wire making sure had everything needed when the Electrician showed up. I hired a Electrician to make the final connections. I purchased the 10,000/8,000 unit It will run the entire house. I have never asked it to run the oven or dryer. It could if i turned other stuff off. i have not really found a need for those 2 items during a power outage. It runs all lights , dish washer, microwave, stove burner top. [um[ heat air conditioning. no issues with it. :::::: I have now owned for 2 yrs... I have used it for 138 hrs so far not one issue to report.. I ran for 5 days straight during a very cold snap with a house full of guest. I would recommend this generator in a heart beat Also an interlock kit to turn your entire electrical panel in to a transfer switch.

     
    4.0

    Solid Build

    By Tony8K

    from Uxbridge, Ontario

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I picked up the generator yesterday. The assembly instructions were clear and easy to follow. After I had finished the assembly and checked the generator over for any loose parts & verified the oil, I opened the gas tank to add fuel. I found there was a lot of orange, tacky varnish-like material clinging to the rim of the tank opening and on the gas cap. I cleaned all this away before loading fuel. I tried starting the unit but it wouldn't start. I loosened the carb drain nut and verified there was fuel at the carb. Next, I removed the air filter and manually injected a small amount of fuel directly into the carb and this got the unit running. I suspect that after the unit was built, the manufacturer splashed some fuel into the tank and gave it a test run and then afterwards failed to remove all fuel from the carb. Or failed to use fuel stabilizer. I have run the generator several times now and have tested it under load. The motor runs real well and the unit seems to handle the loads well. Next step is to install the manual transfer panel.

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Incredible Generator

    By webibeay

    from Bristol, RI

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I purchased this generator 3 years ago, and cannot say enough good things about it. It has saved me through 2 hurricanes, and winter storm Nemo. After not starting/touching it for the last year, in prep for hurricane Matthew, I decided to make sure it was still operable - and with a mere pull of the cord (forgot to plug in the trickle charger - my bad!!!) it fired right up and ran without issue. I cannot recommend this enough - each storm was able to have heat, AC, cook and my refrigerator.

     
    5.0

    this product has very great features

    By libellule

    from NH

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Very happy I bought this generator

     
    5.0

    Very nice Generator!!!

    By Leaf Hopeful

    from Maritimes Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Just bought this from local Briggs dealer. Nice looking generator. Was easy to put together. Runs real nice. It is a it on the expensive side but hopefully we get what we paid for. Didn't come with the adaptor chord, like CHampion does though. Will buy one. Here's hoping I don't have to use it that often but when I do, there will be no issues. Having gen. Panel installed in my house. This unit should run it no problem.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Machine

    By FireCat

    from Townsend, WI, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Replaced a Generac with this. A great generator at a great price. Handles my house well as an emergency backup. I am disappointed that it doesn't have an oil filter.

     
    1.0

    I will try this again

    By 67 sunfire

    from Melville, sask

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I bought this unit three years ago and have never even run it up as it is strictly a backup for our cottage electrical. Yesterday, the power/heat went off for 12 hours at -35 below. I drove to the lake and fired up the generator for the first time and used it too maintain the cottage heat above zero with area heaters. Worked great for two hours and then quit. Engine oil was everywhere and it leaked almost as fast as I added more. I was forced to go and buy another generator as i could not let the pipes freeze and ruin a nice cottage. I am not sure but i do not believe these are made for the cold and something froze up to blow all the oil out. The only good thing about the experience is the low oil shutoff worked. I now have a 238LB boat anchor or a bill to fix something with 2 hours use on it. Not fair. Glenn

     
    5.0

    Elite 8000. Excellent Product.

    By K12GSguy

    from Hanwell, NB, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Just got it home today. Fired it up on the battery; does not need the choke for long. Filled the tank with supreme gas, over 22 liters or more. Wheeled it around the house, fired it up and flipped breakers on the generator panel. No problem handling the load given it. Looking forward to a nicer experience when the electric power goes out the next time. Will not worry about the frigs, freezer and will have tv and internet working as well as some lights.

     
    5.0

    simply awesome

    By gussie

    from nova scotia

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I bought this genny on sale to replace a smaller genny. I noted it is well built and sturdy to say the least. I have installed it with an 8 circut reliance transfer switch. Started right up and is running great. Now since it is new i need to gain some confidence with it so over the next 5 days i ran it for an hour at 3\4 load. It ran perfect and used 1\2 a tank. Do not wait for a power failure to try it. Keep in mind it is a machine after all. The idle down feature would be nice but i would not pay the priemium for it. The engine is no louder then my smaller genny considering the larger engine. After 5 hours i changed the oil to 5w30 synthetic b&s oil. So far so good.

     
    5.0

    Great value

    By John in Maine

    from Maine, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Never a problem. A little noisy, but it was 1/4 the price of the quieter Honda.It runs everything in the house including the water pump. Of course you have to be selective. For instance, if you have to run the oven, turn off the breaker to the water pump, etc. Other than managing those big items, it'll run everything else--lights, TV, furnace, etc. I'm 60+ yrs old, had B&S engines all my life with excellent results.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Briggs and Stratton - 8000

    By Brewtek

    from NB, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I bought this a month ago and I wish I never did. :(

     
    3.0

    Off Grid with the 8000

    By Kend

    from Beaton, BC, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I like this machine although I wish it was fuel injected ,and the battery is not good for below 0 temps.

     
    5.0

    Several places near my home will service this.

    By Dave62

    from South Eastern Michigan

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    We were without power for 1-week during Christmas 2013 and vowed we'd never let that happen again. I did some basic research and called a few service shops in my county to ensure they would perform warranty work on this generator, I made the purchase online and had the generator within a few days, the instructions allowed me to have it assembled within 30-minutes, I put premium gas and oil in and it fired up immediately, provided a steady 120-volts out of all of the necessary sockets, I hooked it up to the house and we'll be able to run everything from our deep water well to our furnace and a burner or two on the electric stove. Life is good, or at least it will be when we lose power.

     
    5.0

    Exceptional value for your money.

    By Anonymous

    from New Brunswick, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Given the the weather related events lately and the power outages I decided it was time to have a reliable back up power supply. I believe this is the right choice as the price was very good for the size of the generator and the company name is recognized as being around for many years producing quality engines. Since I have purchased it I have not yet had a power outage to test it out on, but I have the peace of mind knowing that I am ready and prepared.

     
    5.0

    easy to use

    By Anonymous

    from Whiting, IN, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Bought it for our vacation home, no gas just elec. now we have power when the elec. goes down.

     
    5.0

    Best backup generator for your buck

    By valleb55

    from Cap-Pele, NB, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Bought generator, was easy to assemble, added the oil and gas and since it came with a fully charge good battery it started on first crank of the engine. It ran for 10 mins then it stalled. It would then start with the choke on but it would stalled immediately. Brought it to my local B & S authorized repair shop and they had it repaired in no time. It was minor, just a defective part in the carburetor. That is why I bought a Briggs & Stratton. They have authorized dealers located everywhere, even in small towns. This generator has more than enough power to run our home comfortably. I would recommend this generator to anyone who wants a generator of this size, Very pleased with my purchase

     
    5.0

    durable

    By barrym

    from Swift Current, SK, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    i own two of these generators now, they start great and run great. one of them has over 3000 hours on it and it starts like it is new. with that being said there are some things that will wear out on them. the brushes for generator have shown to last 1000 hours and solenoid for starter about 2500 hours. both of these things are cheap to replace and take under 10 mins to replace. i will stick with briggs and stratton, they have proved to be good in my experience

     
    5.0

    runs like a gizelle

    By 1SHARK

    from Rosemount, MN, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    allway's starts.RUNS ALONG TIME ON A LITTLE GAS.IT IS EASY TO USE.

     
    5.0

    Very easy to start and very reliable

    By Kirkbadeau

    from Raceland, LA, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    If their is a more reliable portable generator I don't know what it is

     
    5.0

    Port. Generator 030471

    By RAP1

    from The Woodlands, TX, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Does exactly as advertised. Well built quality Product.

     
    4.0

    Dependable

    By Bholwell

    from Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I bought the generator about 6 months ago. Easy starting and plenty of power. The generator is loud compared to my previous unit.

     
    5.0

    Works like it should

    By Richard1131

    from Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Starts great and works great. Never had a problem. Would recommend it

     
    5.0

    Construction and quality

    By Garril

    from Ottawa, ON, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    The construction appears to be very solid and the littler assembly that was required went together very well. Manual starting is very easy and the key start is a nice feature. Especially like the built in battery charger.

     
    4.0

    Brought recently as house ...

    By Rick75

    from Port Chester, NY, United States

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Brought recently as house backup with 30amp connection as recommended by my electrician. Easy to assemble. Metric sizes recommended did not match nuts.

     
    5.0

    Ttrustworthy and solid

    By Daverino

    from Consecon, Ontario, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Money well spent, lots of power to run the essentials during an outage

     
    5.0

    Very Heavy Duty

    By one4jimmy

    from Vaucluse, South Carolina USA

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I have had it for less than a month but as of this moment I think I have a solid built piece of equipment. Built by a trusted company that's been around a long time, which they didn't achieve by making junk! (1) starts easy and quick (2) Runs smooth (3) Plenty of power. I rate a #1

     
    4.0

    Great features

    By Jimbo1

    from Nakina, ON, Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    We live in the Northern part of the country. We bought this generator to run our home in case the power goes down. So far it has worked as we expected it to. We have had no problems and we are glad we purchased it.

     
    5.0

    Quality construction

    By RCherry52

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Very easy to go from box to running. Cranked on first turn of the key.

     
    5.0

    Starts easily

    By Stubby

    from Bangor, Pa.

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    Bought this unit in January 2013 and have had no problems.

     
    5.0

    Back Up Power To Spare

    By DONJN

    from Port Hope ON Canada

    Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471):

    I replaced another generator two months ago that was new and did not work well with this one and have not had to use it yet other than breaking in and trying it. It worked perfectly so far and I'm very pleased with it.

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