Briggs & Stratton® 8000 Watt Portable Generator (030471)

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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

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92%

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Pros

  • Easy to assemble (5)
  • Quiet (3)

Cons

  • Noisy (5)

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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1.0

LEEKS GAS AT CARBURETOR

By Arinaldi

from Flemington, NJ, United States

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

Purchased 5 years ago . Have had the carburetor fixed and rebuilt 3 times in the 5 years .Every so often I would run it gas would pour out around carb .Repair company told me junk parts in carb. Todays gas ruins them. So far it has cost us over half the purchase price to repair it..Will not buy Briggs and Stratton again no confidence . Do not buy

 
4.0

Hurricane savior

By Merlin151

from Middleburg, FL, United States

Verified Buyer

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

Worked well good fuel consumption

 
5.0

Great generator !

By Adjutant

from Arcadia, FL, United States

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this at a very good dealer in Jackson, MI and took it to Arcadia, FL . Works great for everything needed to run in our house when we lose power.

 
3.0

Small corners cut

By Boomer1

from undisclosed

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

Have had this machine now 3yrs. Have managed to put 18hrs on it with no problems motor or generator wise, and it runs my house easily. My issue is with the plastics and rubbers on cables and covers and knobs. The first thing that went was the plastic knob on the locking pin for the pull handle. It cracked and fell off. Price for new plastic knob and shipping cost more than the one I had machined in metal that will last forever. Then I noticed the sheathing on the main cable from the generator where it comes out is broken and cracking. Then the connector for the cover for the trickle charger plug broke, so now it's kept on a shelf, and finally while doing some routine maintenance cleaning the carburetor I found the rubber boot on the cable to the low oil shut off solenoid all cracked and split. A sorry state for something that costs as much as it does and when needed will have to be exposed to the elements even if only marginally.

 
4.0

In the dark without it

By Ilfracombe Jim

from Ilfracombe Ontario Canada

Verified Buyer

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

We just bought a house on 20 acres out in the country. Luckily it came with a transfer box, and wouldn't you know it, our first weekend there we got hit with a bad storm. Took out the hydro for everyone within a 75 kilometer radious. After quickly setting up our new B&S 8K and hooking it up. (The electric start is a bonus) We flipped the switch. And "Let there be light" No problem with draw. Fridge, freezer, water pump, furnace fan, water heater, wall receptacle & lights. No hick ups. After 28 hours on the hour meter and 2 full tanks of gas the hydro was restored. The only negative thing I have to say is it's loud (need to improve the muffler, thus not 5 star). Great price point. But I'm happy to have it. The first thing I did was change the oil. I recommend this product.

 
5.0

Completely Satisfied

By Murfpei

from Charlottetown, PE, Canada

Verified Buyer

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

I bought my 8000 last fall and couldn't be more pleased with the reliability of this unit. I never had any concern that it would not start when and if I needed it. A great unit.

 
5.0

Ran fine when first started.

By Brabham17

from Caledon, ON, Canada

Verified Buyer

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

We have not had a power outage since we purchased it in November 2016 so have been unable to give it a good run.

 
5.0

Great generator!

By Jmb350

from Magog, QC, Canada

Verified Buyer

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

I bought it a year ago and it is very reliable. Recently, after 4 months of inactivity, it started immediatly. I'm very satisfied.

 
5.0

Power

By Knilaj2

from Lumberton, NC, United States

Verified Buyer

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

Final got this hooked up to my house. I got me an 100 amp manual panel installed. It works great. Got a 3600 sqft home got the whole house connected except the central heat and air. After it was hooked up I realized I could of hooked it up. AS LONG AS YOU DON'T RUN EVERYTHING AT ONCE. It's ok. You may have to turn everything off to run your oven. But when you are done with the oven cut the hot water heater or what ever back on.

 
5.0

My Experience

By Jimbeam

from Vinton, VA, United States

Verified Buyer

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

This generator was purchased to use for stand by at home when the power goes off. While it is not large enough to power everything it will operate the refrigerator, freezer, furnace/air conditioner, 4 ceiling fans, television and any necessary lights. Fortunately we have only had to use it twice in the past 12 months, one time for about 2 hours and the second time for 8.5 hours and it preformed flawlessly. Money well spent.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Boli

from MAINE

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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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 3 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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional value for your money.

    By Jscottsparks

    from New Brunswick, Canada

    Verified Buyer

    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

    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 dennis fish

    from Whiting, IN, United States

    Verified Buyer

    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

    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.

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