Briggs & Stratton 30469 – 6000 Wattt Portable Generator Review

B&S 6000 Watt Portable Generator

B&S 6000 Watt Portable Generator

A gas powered generator has many uses when it comes time for electric power and none is available. In times of power outages or in places lie the outdoors you can use these generators to run your electrical machines.

Briggs and Stratton have been in the business of manufacturing small engines and out door power equipment for over 100 years. When it comes to portable generators, the Briggs and Stratton generators are made from heavy duty components and have a warranty as similar products. They are built to give you continuous power and perform without failure around your home, on the farm or on that outdoor job.

Power Output and Generation

The Briggs & Stratton 30469 generator can provide power for up to 13 hours at 50% load capacity. It comes with minimal assembly for handles and wheel kit.

This generator is capable of providing up to 6,000 watts of continuous power and can surge up to 7,500 watts. This model is not CARB compliant.

The engine is a 1650 series is a built by Briggs & Stratton.at 342 cc, OHV 4 stroke, that runs at 3600 rpm producing a 16.5 ft-lbs of gross torque.

This unit is US made and has a great reputation.

The electrical output is with (4) 5-20R, and one twist lock L14-30R. It’s rated at 25 amp @ 240V to give 6000W using the L14 receptacle (3000W for 120V). Using the two 120V/20A circuits for the duplex plugs, each two plug set allows 2400W for a maximum of 4800W. Using all three circuits you have a 50A maximum for the total 6000W capacity.

Receptacle types at plug/ receptacle.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The 30469 Briggs&Stratton generator runs on regular unleaded gasoline. It has a large 7 gallon gas tank which gives it up to 12 to 13 hours of run time at 50% load capacity.

The fuel valve for has a sediment cup to help eliminate particles in the gas and can easily be cleaned.

Break-in oil does need to be changed at 5 hours operation, this seems to be a common occurrence with B&S engines to clean out metal filings and wear during the first period of operation. Many customers were also moving to the 5W-30 synthetic oil and reporting very good results.

Noise:

Actual noise levels are not provided for the Briggs generator. Customers indicated both that it is relative quiet and that it’s fairly noisy and you will likely need to keep it away from neighbors or block direct sight to reduce the levels.

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Dimensions and Weight

The Briggs&Stratton 30469 portable generator has overall dimensions of 28.7 x 18 x 25.4 inches about the size of two tote bags standing on on top of another. It weighs in at 195 lbs with its gas tank empty. With a full gas tank it would weigh around 237 lbs.

Typical Uses and Needs

This generator is useful for running important equipment in your home during power outages.

With a 6,000 watt capacity it can run quite a few items in your home at the same time. You could have a fridge along with a couple of lights and even run your TV and computer at the same time and may be even do a load of laundry.

It is a very useful piece of equipment for a home, especially where there are frequent power outages. It can also be used on a job site where there is a need to run power tools. With its large fuel tank and long hours of running, it is an ideal piece of equipment to run electrical machinery when you have no other source of power.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

Briggs30469 6000W control panel

Briggs30469 6000W control panel

When you face the control panel of the Briggs&Stratton 30469 generator you will see on the left hand side the hour meter which displays the hours the machine has run. To the right of that is a 2 pole circuit breaker which protects the generator in case of an overload.

Briggs provides a flap which you raise for access to the L14 120/240 Volt socket. Next to that you have more flaps which you raise and there are 2 120 Volt outlets under each. To the right of this flap you have 2 reset circuit breaker buttons which you will need to push in in case of an overload.

Start-up

This generator uses a pull rope recoil system to start the engine. Here are the steps to start the engine of the 30469 generator. Customers noted that its and easy pull with only one or two pulls for start-up.

  1. Make sure that the unit is on a level surface and that you have disconnected all electrical loads from the unit.
  2. Turn the fuel valve to the on position.
  3. Move the choke out to close the choke.
  4. Push the engine rocker switch to the ‘On’ position.
  5. Grasp the recoil handle and pull slowly until you feel a slight resistance. Now pull the handle rapidly one time only to start the engine.
  6. Now slowly move the choke lever to the run position. If engine falters move it to the half position until the engine runs smoothly. Now move the choke lever to the run position.
  7. Let the engine warm up for a few minutes before connecting the electrical loads.

Shut Down:

  1. Turn OFF and unplug all the electrical loads from the unit.
  2. Let the engine run for a few minutes without any load.
  3. Push engine rocker switch to OFF position.
  4. Turn the fuel valve to the OFF position.

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Additional Features

Here is a list of features of the Briggs&Stratton 30469 generator.

  1. Power surge alternator which provides extra surge power when you need it.
  2. Super lo-tone muffler which reduces noise during operation.
  3. It has a spark arrestor which stops sparks from escaping.
  4. Fuel gauge which tells you how much fuel you have.
  5. !0” tires which make it easy to move the generator.
  6. Hour meter which lets you know how long you have run the engine.

Care and Maintenance and Use

To get the utmost out of 30469 generator you will need to take proper care and do periodic maintenance. Also when using the generator do not put excessive loads on it for periods of time.

Like any engine you will need to see that it has enough oil and the air filter and spark plug are clean for it to run at its best. Here are the guidelines as suggested by Briggs&Stratton

First 5 hours

  • It is very important that you change the oil after the break in period of the first 5 hours of use.

After every 8 hours of use or daily

  • Check the engine oil level and top it if it is low.
  • Clean the area around the muffler and the controls.
  • Clean the finger guard.

Every 25 hours

  • Clean the air filter.
  • Clean the pre cleaner.

Every 50 hours

  • Change the engine oil.
  • Check the muffler and the spark arrestor.

Every 100 hours or annually

  • Change gear reduction oil.

Annually

  • Replace air filter.
  • Replace pre-cleaner.
  • Replace spark plug.
  • Replace fuel filter.
  • Clean the air cooling system.

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Warranty and Repairs

The Briggs&Stratton 30469 generator has a 2 year limited warranty. This warranty covers defects in workmanship and parts including labor in the first year. The second year it only covers the replacement of parts. Shipping though has to be paid by the buyer.

The manufacture boasts this is better than other generators in the same group. But it’s typical for most.

Repairs should be accessible at nearly any small engine repair as the Briggs and Stratton models power so many portable equipment types.

Consumer Comments

The 30469 Generator commands a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. All but one review was a 4 star or better. The one negative review appeared to be a unique instant of a repack or unusual circumstance which was dealt with quickly.

Customers who bought this generator were very pleased with its performance and satisfied with its features and serviceability. Some of them even remarked that it had the ability to run their whole house.

One customer had this to say” This generator was a savior to the family during hurricane Irene and it did all that it was asked to do.” Another had this to say’ This is a good generator that will provide the power I need where I need

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • It runs quieter than comparable generators.
  • It requires just one pull of the cord to start up.
  • Does give out 6,000 watts of power as stated.
  • Fuel efficient.
  • The wheels and extension handle make it easy to move it around.
  • Clear instructions and easy to assemble.
  • Rubber covers for receptacles.
  • An hour meter that tells you how long you have run the unit.
  • Long term operation reports that it works without leaks or problems.

Cons:

  • The fuel gauge sometimes does not record the right amount of fuel.
  • The hub caps seem to be cheaply made and are at times difficult to attach.
  • Could be made to run a bit more quieter.

Price

The Briggs&Stratton 30469 generator is available at a list price under $900 but if you do some comparison shopping you can find at amazon below $800.00.

For a generator that can deliver 6,000 watts of power this generator would definitely be worth its value if you have to run your whole house or power equipment for long hours.

Accessories

Accessories available for this generator include a generator cover which would protect the generator when not in use from dust.

Classic Accessories 79547 Generator Cover, X-Large, Black

Also available is L14-30 P/R 40 ft power cord  which can handle up to 7,500 watts of power. A generator transfer switch kit is also available which comes with a 10 ft power cord and a power inlet box to help you get the power from your generator into your house.

Reliance Controls PC3040 40-Feet 30-Amp L14-30 Generator Power Cord for Up to 7500-Watt Generators

As well the Reliance Controls PB30 L14-30 30 Amp Generator Power Cord Inlet Box For Up To 7,500 Watt Generators

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Summary

The Briggs&Stratton 30469 generator is one of the best in its class. It can provide up to 6,000 watts of rated power with 7,500 watts of surge power when needed. This unit is extremely portable and has a large fuel tank to give you up to 13 hours of continuous power at 50% capacity.

It is ideal for a home which is in an area that has frequent power outages. It is also a very useful generator when it comes to running power tools where there is no electricity available. All in all a very dependable machine which gives good value for its price.

Similar Generation Units:

The following Generators are similar to the above but at different wattage sizes


Briggs & Stratton 30470 7,000 Watt Gas Portable Generator w/ Wheel Kit


Briggs & Stratton 30467 5,000 Watt Portable Generator w/ Wheel Kit

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