Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470)

Item no: 3296241 | 011675304706
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  • Sub Brand: Elite Series
  • Continuous Power: 7000 watts
  • Product Type: Portable Generator
  • Continuous Run Time: 9 hr.
  • Built In Inverter: Yes
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation: Yes
  • Assembled Width: 31 in.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 7.5 gal.
  • Voltage: 120/240 volts
  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • Wheel Kit Included: Yes
  • Fuel Gauge: Yes
  • Assembled Height: 29 in.
  • Engine Displacement: 420 cc
  • Engine Manufacturer: Briggs & Stratton
  • Amperage: 58.3 amps
  • Low Oil Shutdown: Yes
  • Assembled Depth: 28 in.
  • Number of Outlets: 5
  • 2100 series OHV engine
  • 420CC Briggs 2100 Series OHV engine
  • 21.00 FT-LBS gross torque
  • Power surge alternator
  • 12"""" wheel kit
  • Hour meter and outlet covers
  • 4-120/240V 30A locking outlet
  • ASM (absorbed glass mate) battery included
  • 3-5 yr battery life (replacement available from Midwest Engine)
  • EPA certified
  • Not for sale in California


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Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470)
 
4.7

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble (11)
  • Dependable (4)
  • Easy to start (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Quiet (4)

Cons

  • Noisy (7)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy Pickup and Setup Process

I just purchased the Briggs and Stratton 7000 watt generator (30470) so this review is specifically about getting the generator home and setting up the generator for initial operation. Will provide another review...Read complete review

I just purchased the Briggs and Stratton 7000 watt generator (30470) so this review is specifically about getting the generator home and setting up the generator for initial operation. Will provide another review on operation once I have had more experience actually using the generator. The purchase, pick-up, and setup went extremely well.I ordered the generator on-line through the Ace Hardware web site with no problems and had it delivered to my local Ace Hardware store which is the only option [...] Picked up the generator at Ace and they loaded it into the back of my pickup truck with a fork lift. The dimenstions of the box are 35"L x 23"W x 27"W which should help you in determing whether it will fit in your vehicle. The box weighs about 200 lbs so will need to plan on how you will get it out of your vehicle once you get it home (if you pick it up). In my case, my neighbor and I were able to move it from the back gate of my Ram 1500 to the ground with no problem (both in our mid 50s). Upon opening the box, a Quick Start guide was right on top and provided clear and concise instructions on how to set up the generator for use. The generator purchase includes the battery, wheels (both extra on many generators), a battery trickle charger, and two quarts of 10W30 oil. The only assembly is putting on the wheels and a support leg which went on with no difficulty. You'll need metric sockets or wrenches to do the work (8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 16mm). Opening the box and putting on the wheels and support leg was completed within 30 minutes. Once assembled, was able to move the generator around with ease. It has a swing up and locking handle for this purpose and I had no problem moving and positioning the generator where I needed it. With respect to storing your generator, the final assembled dimensions, including the wheels and with handle stored, are 29"L x 30"W x 29"H. The instructions recommended that the battery trickle charger be plugged in all the time so you will want to consider proximity to an electrical outlet (or extension cord). The battery cannot be over-charged with the trickle charger.The generator comes with the two quarts of Briggs and Stratton 10W30 oil which is a good basic oil for most locations. The better option is to use Briggs and Stratton 5W30 synthetic oil (or other comparable synthetic brands).[...]Lastly, if you will be using the generator infrequently as I am (emergency power), then the instructions recommend using a fuel additive to keep the fuel fresh. I picked up the Briggs and Stratton Fresh Start fuel stablizer while at the dealer. My purchase, pickup, and initial setup could not have gone smoother. Will post another review on starting the engine, operation, etc. once I have gone through the process a few times. Ace was great to deal with. Would definitely recommend this route if you are looking to buy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

3 times still not a charm

Brought home the first one... It worked fine, except for a loud rattling that developed after a couple of hours (I think it was the pull starter mechanism).. Since I was...Read complete review

Brought home the first one... It worked fine, except for a loud rattling that developed after a couple of hours (I think it was the pull starter mechanism).. Since I was in the aftermath of Sandy, and it was working, I put up with the rattling and used it for about 5 days until my power was restored... When the store got more in stock, I exchanged it for another one.. When I brought home the second one, there was no rattling sound, but it wouldn't run smoothly... I gave it time, but it never stabilized.. And thanks to a non- adjustable carburetor, I had no choice but to bring this one back as well... Couple of days later, I unbox unit number three... It runs great with no rattles, but there is a part missing and the air cleaner housing is deformed so it doesn't sit straight.. The crooked air cleaner is just a cosmetic issue, and I can live with it.. But the missing part is the front support leg which is necessary... By this time, the store was out of stock and I was tired of hauling these around... Therefore I bolted a piece of wood in place of the support and called customer service.. They offered to send me the part... Three days later the wrong thing is delivered.. Now, several weeks, phone calls, and two promised delivery dates later, its still propped up on the wooden block.. Most recently I'm told that the piece is on back order with no estimated delivery date in sight.. All the service reps have been polite, but have given me conflicting info regarding delivery and description of the part itself.. I don't blame them for this.. Though it does make me rethink the company .. This generator, in my opinion, a product of great design and engineering but a victim of poor quality control, cost cutting, and cheap Chinese construction.. The features and price there, it just needs to be screwed together better.. Throughout the years I've bought and still own many Briggs related pieces of equipment.. Until now I've been nothing but happy with their products and hope that they come through for me... I will update this review upon resolution of this issue..

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5.0

Excellent, High Quality Generator

By Jersey Joe

from Oak Ridge, NJ

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I purchased this generator, as luck would have it, one week before Hurricane Sandy hit up in NJ. It got us through the ten days we were without power and made the experience tolerable.

 
5.0

There is a reason why we sometimes vent

By varry barry

from la

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

This is why our world has a 17% unemployment rate, everything is online only, the towns we live in would thrive if we earned a paycheck in our town and not some online warehouse 900 miles away

 
5.0

Quality Product, Great Investment!

By dewey20131975

from Janesville, WI, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I bought this generator to back up my house when the power goes out, and power our deer hunting cabin. The features I really appreciate start with the battery charger that keeps the generator ready to go at any time, the quality engine that is powerful and efficient without being very loud at all. The heavy duty rubber outlet covers, the folding T handle that locks in when you lift it up. The easy to maneuver wheel and tires, and the best part of this generator is it's huge capacity. With 7000 running and up to 8750 surge watts this generator has more than enough wattage to keep the lights on, the heat going, and we can even cook while everyone else is looking for their flashlights. I love this generator and am very glad I didn't cheap out and buy a china made no name generator. I can get parts in a day or two if I need them and the quality is far superior.

 
4.0

DO YOUR MAINTENANCE!!!

By StormSurvivor2015

from North Idaho

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Growing up we had several B&S products and rarely had problems with them. I bought this generator for those rare times it is essential. Set my home up for the "big event", did a "dry run", ran the generator and it worked, so naturally I feel safe! Umm, not so much! The "big event" actually happened. A hurricane like storm (125 year type) hit the Northwest and hundreds of thousands of folks were without power. No problem, I have my house set up...except with only 5.5 hours on my generator, it will not even fire! After chatting with several guys we determine it is not getting fuel. I pull the carb (in the dark) and clean the main jet (which is covered in nasty green gunk) and put back in, it runs just fine. As it turns out, since I was a young boy, we have garbage gas and YOU MUST DO REGULAR MAINTENANCE or this is what happens. I also had this same exact thing happen on a mower. Times have changed and the gas is ethanol laced and is hard on small engines. Add the gas products and buy the good gas, drain the tanks and carbs when not in use. Otherwise you are not going to have the product when you most need it! Hard to hate on B&S when you don't do your maintenance. Once up and running, we had plenty of power and kept the food cold and the house warm! Have I mentioned, do your maintenance?

 
5.0

Another great product from Briggs & Stratton

By LarryS

from Port Austin, MI

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Purchased this generator based on ratings in Consumer Reports. Also spent time reviewing comments on the internet who already owned this generator-most comments were very positive. Have not actually had to use the generator yet, but after doing some minor assembly, I fired it up and it ran perfectly. Also make an effort to support our American companies.

 
5.0

Lots of power in a Portable!!

By TheMadone

from Berlin, NH, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I purchased this generator to replace a Sears Generator I purchased 15 years ago. The old one still works, but I wanted to have an electric start. After assembling it, and it was easy to do, I started it on the second pull of the manual starter. It also started quickly on the electric starter. Nice design and very easy to move about on the wheels.

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5.0

easy start

By Anonymous

from Michigan, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Easy to start, runs my entire home during power outage (with connection to breaker panel)

 
5.0

Easy to use

By Kevco121

from NorthEast Texas

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Bought the Briggs and Stratton Elite 7000 Watt a few months ago. Only took about 45 minutes from box to start. Very easy to understand assembly instructions and operation of unit. Tested the unit hooking up to refrig, two portable heaters, three lamps, 32 inch tv and electric chain saw. Handled everything without a glitch, even when the refrig cycled. I am sure that it could handle more devices. The only con to this generator (maybe all B&S) is the noisey muffler. As recommended by Consumer Reports, wear ear protection while working in the vicinity of operation.

 
5.0

So far, so good

By Jon L

from Ninety Six, SC, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I have had this generator a couple weeks, and I have only run this generator long enough to check it out and to check out my installation. I have it installed through an outside plug and a six-circuit transfer switch into my house power panel. It has started right up the three times I ran it, and it powered up the lights and small appliances just fine.

 
5.0

everything I expected from b&s

By bangachang

from mineral ridge,ohio

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I just received my new gen and am totally happy with it. This gen is the real deal with all its features.what really sold me was the fact that this gens engine is made right here in the good ole U.S.A.thanks B&S!

 
5.0

My standby Generator

By K5JLR

from Central Arkansas

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I have over 25 hours on it, Perfect. I forgot to turn off my 4 ton 16 SEER Central Air unit when the power failed, it ran it without any difficulty.

 
5.0

Great generator

By Geno111

from Des Plaines, Illinois

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Purchased. 3 months ago, start it regulary, and starts up right away. Power has not gone out yet, but im happy to buy yhis product.

 
4.0

Air filter rubbing against frame

By Grant

from Spokane, WA, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

we just purchased an 7000 series, with a 2100 motor, and the airfilter (side plastice vent?) is rubbing against the frame.. we can see where assembly as put 'silicon' grease on frame to reduce wear!! Is there a fix for this???

 
5.0

Great generator!

By CottageBuilder

from Parry Sound, ON, Canada

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Easy assembly, add oil and fire her right up - electric start is awesome! Bought this to provide power while we build a cottage. Should provide all the power we need. Really impressed with the build quality of this unit despite off shore manufacture.

 
5.0

User freindly.

By Carchisler

from Stevens, Pa.

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Had an unpleasant experience with power outage, so decided to invest in a generator. Wanted portability and reliability. Balance nicely for handling. Fuel capacity is great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They call it Elite for a good reason

By KA1ZZS

from Rhode Island, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I bought this generator about a year ago {May 2013} In late October 2012 we got hit with Hurricane Sandy we had lost power for a few days. Then it seemed like just a few months later we go hit by Blizzard Nemo in February 2013, and we lost power for a six days, luckily a friend of mine bought a Briggs & Stratton 5,000-Watt Generator after Sandy, when he too lost power. He only lost power for a day and a half by the blizzard so he let me borrow it. His Briggs & Stratton 5,000-Watt was able to run my house plus my mother in-laws house which was a blessing because she heats with oil, plus the fact she was 84 years old at the time. I ran his generator for 6 days straight, only giving it a rest for a few hours daily. We ran 2 refrigerators, 2 TVs, a few lights, furnace, and every so often the well pump when needed. After borrowing his Briggs & Stratton 5,000-Watt I knew exactly which generator I was going to buy. After the blizzard I swore I'd never be without power again and bought the Briggs & Stratton 7000 Watt Elite. It has more bell and whistles than the one I borrowed, 7 gal tank - Electric key start - Low oil shut off - bigger engine and of course higher wattage. We haven't had to use this generator {knock on wood} yet, but I have tested it for the 5 hours just to change the oil as per the manual prescribes, and used the Synthetic oil. I feel much at ease now knowing I'm prepared for what mother nature will throw at us next.

 
5.0

Feature Rich 7000 Watt Portable Generator

By Gizmo

from Branchburg, NJ, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I purchased this generator after Hurricane Sandy and a subsequent Nor' Easter left us without power. I was able to power the sump pump, forced hot air furnace, two refrigerators, several lights, computer and printer, bathroom lights and fans, and television for 24 hours per day for 9 days. My wife even did some wash. The biggest problem I encountered was finding a gas station that had both gasoline and electric and could pump gasoline. What I like about this generator is: - Easy electric starting or alternative pull start (I've used both and it starts right up) - Fuel gauge eliminates guessing how much gas is remaining in the tank - Moderate fuel consumption (I was getting over 10 hours per 7 gallon tank of gas) - Hour meter (I could easily determine when the oil needed changing and how long the generator was used in total) - 4 20 Amp convenience outlets - 30 Amp twist lock connection (I have now installed a transfer panel which will make powering the home in the next power outage a snap) - Ubiquitous support, there are a significant number of Briggs & Stratton dealers in my area This is a great investment!

 
4.0

easy start

By kbedsulf

from Boston, MA, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

This generator is awesome! I feel safe that my wife can run it if I'm not home! Excellent feature! Keep up the good work

 
5.0

great fetures

By jg29

from Elizabeth, NJ, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

i have this generator for one year and very happy with the performance of this machine

 
5.0

Dependable!

By Chippy100

from Connecticut, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Have only tested it and run it every two weeks. Starts all the time and I am able to run my furnace, freezer, refrigerator, two TVs, router, modem, two computers, lights and a small heater without bog down.

 
5.0

works great..

By dashoggs

from pickering , Ontario

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

works great...best way to start in very cold weather is with electric start..we removed battery and kept it warm , then installed when needed ...started up in 3 sec...ran six circuits on 240volt/30A plug , about 3000 watts without a flinch!

 
5.0

Runs excellently

By Prof321

from Pleasantville, NY

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Since I bought it, we've never had a power outage. I run it once a week for 10 minutes as recommended, and have changed the oil too. It runs very well, but I haven't had to hook it up to the house yet. A qualified electrician should be hired to install the emergency panel in the house, and the hookup outside the house.

 
5.0

Peace of Mind

By smfishkin

from Syosset, NY

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I bought this generator after Super Storm Sandy. Thankfully I haven't had to use it but knowing that we will never have to go without electricity certainly gives us peace of mind. I start the generator up every month and run the house with for a half hour.

 
5.0

Electric Start

By skeeter

from Jacksonville, NC, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I have not had to use under a full yet, but I used it a few times to support just a few items. We have not power for a long length of time. Living in coastal North Carolina I need a generator I know will start power what we need to survive. This is the one.

 
5.0

B&S Gen review

By Airborne

from Undisclosed

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

I had our electrician add an outlet to our breaker box so we can power the house easily. Happy I did. Makes it so much more convenient!

 
5.0

Good Unit

By nspctr1

from TX

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Purchased this unit to replace 2 that were stolen recently. Although I don't need the electric start it sure is a nice addition. Works well and would recommend.

 
5.0

Functions as promised.

By jimB

from Watertown, NY

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Bought this item in October, 2013. I used it during an ice storm on the Sunday before Christmas and it performed flawlessly, powering my furnace, refrigerator, freeezer and lighting.

 
5.0

Reliable

By Dave14

from Bonita Springs, NY

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Had this unit for 8 years. Starts with one or two pulls every time----even when sitting for 6 months. Use only marine gas---no ethanol----and always shut off the gas and let it die out.

 
5.0

Portable Generator

By felix1946

from Colchester CT 06415

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

starts everytime although I only have 11 hours on it so it's still new

 
5.0

User friendly

By aariyoga

from Mahopac, NY, United States

Comments about Briggs & Stratton® 7000 Watt Electric Start Generator (030470):

Easy to set up and run. Even the pull start is easy and smooth and started on the first pull.

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