Briggs and Stratton have a wide range of standby home generator systems both for your house as well as for commercial uses. They are the largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. They have been in business for over a hundred years with manufacturing spread all over the world.
Other than their outdoor equipment Briggs and Stratton is also well known for its portable and standby generators. These generators are connected to the power supply of the house and turn on automatically when they detect a failure in the utility power supply.
Comparison of Briggs and Stratton Standby Generators from 8 KW to 20KW
Though these generators come in different sizes they have some common features like:
- All of them can run on either Liquid Propane or Natural gas though their performance varies depending on the fuel.
- These standby generators are operated with the use of a transfer switch which detects the utility power supply and automatically turns the generator On when there is a failure in the power supply and turns the generator Off when the utility power supply is restored.
- All the standby generators provide 120/240 Volts of single phase AC current and they are all equipped with voltage regulators to ensure that you get a steady supply of power without any voltage fluctuation.
- These standby generators are equipped with full pressure lubrication for their engines to ensure a long and reliable life.
- All Briggs and Stratton standby generators are equipped with an automatic weekly exercise system which ensures that they are ready to supply you with electrical power whenever you have a power outage.
- These standby generators are housed in Galvanneal steel which provides superior corrosion resistant that protects the generator from the elements.
- They all come with hour meters which lets you know when they need maintenance.
- These standby generators are equipped with over crank protection which protects the engine.
- These generators are covered by a Briggs and Stratton 4 year limited warranty that covers both parts as well as labor.
Briggs and Stratton 8kW Standby Generator System
The smallest standby generator from Briggs and Stratton is their 8kW Standby Generator System which has the smallest footprint in its class. This generator is equipped with a 500cc Briggs and Stratton OHV Intek engine which delivers 8000 watts of power when running on Liquid propane and 6000 watts when running on Natural gas.
These generators have an alternator which uses brushes and the power supplied is not clean for running sensitive electronic equipment. These generators use a 50 amp 10 circuit transfer switch to transfer the power to your home for running the essentials during a power outage. This system is called the Essential Power solution.
Briggs and Stratton 10kW Standby Generator System
The 10kW generators are powered by a 570cc Briggs and Stratton Vanguard engine which lets these generators deliver 10000 watts when running on Liquid propane and 9000 watts when running on Natural gas.
There are 4 models of generators available in this system Model # 040449, 040481, 040450 and 040451. All the models in this system are equipped with an alternator which uses brushes.
Essential Power: The 040451 model has a 100 amp 16 circuit transfer switch and uses the Essential Power Plus system to manage the power in your home.
Whole House Managed systems: The 040449 has a 100 amp transfer switch, the 040481 has a 150 amp transfer switch and the 040450 has a 200 amp transfer switch.
These 3 models are managed whole house systems which use the Briggs and Stratton Symphony II power management system to power your house. This system automatically balances the power requirements of your homes electrical needs.
With the Symphony II system you can select up to 8 high wattage appliances in your home, this system then automatically manages the distribution of power from your generator to those appliances ensuring that there is no overload of the system and a shut down of the generator. With this system you can have a smaller more affordable standby generator as a backup power source for your whole house.
Briggs and Stratton 12kW Standby Generator System
The 12kW Standby Generator is equipped with a 803 cc Briggs and Stratton Professional series engine which lets it deliver 12000 watts of power when running on Liquid Propane and 11000 watts when running on natural gas.
All the models in this system have alternators which are brush less which lets these generators supply clean electric power suitable for sensitive electronic equipment.
There are 4 models available in this system model # 040343, 040482, 040400 and 040345.
Model # 040343, 040482 and 040400 have 100 amp, 150 amp and 200 amp transfer switches respectively and these 3 models use the Briggs and Stratton Symphony II power management system to manage the power distribution in your home.
The model 040345 uses a 100 amp 16 circuit transfer switch and uses the Essential Power Plus system to manage the power to circuits in your home.
Briggs and Stratton 16kW Standby Generator System
The 16kW Standby Generator System Generators are powered by a 993 cc Briggs and Stratton Vanguard V Twin engine which lets them produce 16000 watts of electric power when running on Liquid propane and 14400 watts when running on Natural gas.
All models in this system have brush less alternators that help the generators deliver clean electricity suitable for sensitive electronic equipment. There are 4 models available in the 16kW Generator System model # 040392, 040483, 040401 and 040393.
Model # 040392, 040483 and 040401 have 100 amp, 150 amp and 200 amp transfer switches to transfer the power into your home and all these models use the Briggs and Stratton Symphony II power management system to manage the power distribution.
The model 040393 has a 100 amp 16 circuit transfer switch and uses the Essential Power Plus system to manage the distribution of power to your home.
Briggs and Stratton 20kW Standby Generator System
The 20kW Standby Generator System generators are equipped with a 993cc Briggs and Stratton Vanguard V Twin engine which lets them produce 20000 watts of electric power when running on Liquid Propane and 18000 watts when running on Natural Gas.
All models in this system are equipped with a brush less alternator and deliver clean electric power. The model # 40346 has a 200 amp transfer switch and the model # 40396 comes with a dual 200amp/400 amp transfer switch. Both these models use the Briggs and Stratton Symphony II power management system to manage the power distribution to your home.
B&S Standby Generator Dimensions and weight
8kW Standby Generator systems have dimensions of 28 x 24.4 x 35.1 inches ( L x W x H ) and they weigh in at 252 lbs.
10kW Standby Generator Systems have overall dimensions of 28 x 24.4 x 35.1 inches ( L x W x H ) and they weigh in at 272 lbs.
12kW Standby Generator Systems have dimensions of 34.6 x 39.4 x 38.5 inches ( L x W x H ) and they weigh in at 460 lbs.
16kW Standby Generator Systems have dimensions of 47 x 31 x 31 inches ( L x W x H ) and they weigh in at 484 lbs.
20 kW Standby Generator Systems have dimensions of 48 x 34 x 31 inches ( L x W x H ) and they weigh in at 500 lbs.
All of these generators are stationary generators and need to be installed in a permanent location. Due to the weight of these generators you need mechanical help of a machine or forklift to place them on their permanent location. The 8 kW generators though can be manually lifted and placed on their permanent location though this needs to be done carefully so as not to damage the generator.
Typical uses and needs
The Briggs and Stratton Standby generator system generators are stationary generators and are meant to be placed in a permanent location. These standby generators have automatic transfer switches that detect the supply of power from the utility company and turn the generator On automatically when they detect a power outage and shut the generator when the power is restored.
These standby generators are ideal for use as a backup power source for your home in case of power outages. The 8kW generators can run the essentials in your home while the 10KW, 12kW, 16kW and 20kW generators are capable of running your whole home.
These generators can also be used by small businesses as a back up power source in case of emergencies to keep their business running during power outages.
These are strong engine systems and can be run close to 75% capacity with good success. Generally it is suggested you take the time to figure up your load needs and adjust for fuel type and elevation and size the generator to 1.5 to 2 times that need. This is only a rule of thumb but useful for quick sizing purposes.
Pros and Cons
- These standby generators are automatically controlled and will turn on when they detect a loss in power from the utility company and turn Off when the power is restored.
- They can run on either Liquid Propane or Natural gas and are connected to the main supply so they can run for long periods without having to worry about refueling.
- Other than the 8kW models they are capable of running the whole house during power outages, although 8kW
- Their enclosures are made from rust resistant galvanneal steel like many of the car industry panels used today..
- They are expensive as compared to portable generators, but are of higher quality and durability for intended use..
- They have to be installed in a permanent location and cannot be moved around for portable needs..
Display and Control panel
The Briggs and Stratton 8kW and 10kW Standby Generator System generators have their control panel located inside the generator housing. When you look at the control panel you will see that at the top it has a digital display that displays the generator mode, menu options, service codes and service engine indicators.
Below this you have the Menu/ Programming navigation buttons. Below this you have the USB port and the 15 amp fuse under the protective cover and below this you have the generator operation control buttons.
The Briggs and Stratton 12kW, 16kW and 20kW Standby Generator System generators have their control panel located inside the generator housing. When you look at the control panel you will find that to the left of the control panel you have a circuit breaker that protects the system from over current situations.
On the control panel to the left you have the 15 amp fuse which protects the generators DC control circuits. To the right of this switch you have the System switch which has 2 positions. The Auto position lets the generator start and shut down automatically as it detects the power outage as well as the restored power.
The Off position turns off the running generator and resets any detected faults. Next to this switch to the right you have the Manual Override button which is used to manually start and stop the generator. Below this button you have the Set Exercise button which is used to set the exercise cycle of the generator. To the right of these buttons you have a digital display that displays the hours the generator has been running as well as the fault codes.
Most of the consumers who bought these generators liked them. They commented on how well they were built and how they solved their power outage problems. They also commented on the fact that these generators were automatic and did not need them to start and stop them. They also commented on the Symphony II Power Management System and how easily these generators could run their whole house.
We’ve noted that some of the best value for direct buy is those available online at places like Amazon. These range in value from around $2100 and change up to $4200. Prices points will depend on availability and demand as well as which transfer switch combination you pick.
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The Briggs and Stratton 8kW Home Generator System
The Briggs and Stratton10 kW Home Generator Systems
The Briggs and Stratton12 kW Home Generator Systems
The Briggs and Stratton16 kW Home Generator Systems
The Briggs and Stratton20 kW Home Generator Systems
There are a few accessories available for the Briggs and Stratton Standby Generator System generators.
You can get a Cold weather kit that ensure smooth starting and reliable operation in cold climates. See them here: Briggs & Stratton 6262 8000-watt Standby Generator Cold Weather Kit & Briggs & Stratton 6231 Standby Generator Cold Weather Kit, 16,000-20,000 Watt Generators or for the commercial sizes Briggs and Stratton 6270 Cold Weather Kit for 25 – 30kW Standby Generators
You can also get a Maintenance kit that is specifically designed for your generator and would help you complete the scheduled maintenance.
Also available for these generators is the Basic Wireless monitor which lets you monitor the generator from inside your home. Briggs & Stratton 6264 Basic Wireless Monitor for 8-10kw Standby Generators and Briggs & Stratton 6229 Basic Wireless Monitor for 16-20kW Standby Generators
Also available is the Infohub Wireless monitor which lets you know on any of your computing devices or mobile devices the status of your generator, its maintenance needs as well as service schedule reminders. Briggs & Stratton Infohub Cellular Remote Monitoring System – 6274
The Briggs and Stratton Standby Generator System generators are stationary generators that automatically run when there is a power outage and turn off when the power is restored.
These generators are capable of supplying your home or small business with power when there is a power outage. Since they turn On and Off automatically, you have the peace of mind that whether you are at home or not your home will not have to suffer from the effects of a power outage.
Only the 8kW generators do not have a whole house power management system and can run your essentials during emergencies. All the other higher powered generators are equipped with the Briggs and Stratton Symphony II Power management system which manages and distributes the power to your home circuits so that you can have your whole house running.
These generators run on either Liquid propane or Natural gas and are connected to the main gas supply which allows them to run for long periods with you having to worry about refueling.
All in all these generators not only give you the peace of mind that you will have power during power outages but you also know that you do not have to worry about starting or shutting them down.
Also you can check out the recently discontinued model at the 15kW level there are still some good models left.