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Briggs & Stratton  Storm Responder 5500 Watt Generator Non CA

  Item#  07133139000 | Model#  030430
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions and Capacity:
Width (in.): 19.88
Wheel Diameter (In.): 10
Length (in.): 28.63
Height (in.): 24.88
Depth (in.): 28.9
Engine Displacement (cc): 305
Fuel Capacity (gal.): 7
120-240V-20A Outlets: 0
120-240V-30A Outlets: 1
120V-15A Outlets: 0
120V-20A Outlets: 4
120V-30A Outlets: 0
12v-10a Outlets: 0
240V-50A Outlets: 0
Run Time at Half Load (hrs.): 13
Voltage Type: 120/240V
Color and Styling:
Color/Finish: Silver/Black
Controls and Features:
Fuel Gauge: Yes
Product Overview:
General Warranty: 2 year limited
Item Weight (lbs.): 172.0 lbs.
Commercial/Residential: Commercial/Residential
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Included with Item:
Engine Oil Included: Yes
Power:
Wattage Range: 6000-9900 W
Number Of Outlets: 5
Continuous Output Power (watts): 3075
Handles:
Handle Type: Dual position
Motor-Engine:
Engine Brand: Briggs & Stratton(r)
Low Oil Shutdown: No
Overload Protection Type: Automatic circuit breaker
Has Spark Arrest Muffler: Yes
Wheels & Tires:
Overall Type: Dual wheel
General Features:
Starter Type: Pull Start
Wheel Kit: Included
Certifications:
CSA Listed: Yes

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Be Prepared With A 5500 Watt Generator You Can Count On

Don't fall prey to bad weather; give yourself the layer of protection you need to keep your home and belongings safe through the worst Mother Nature has to offer. Whether your sump is keeping flood waters at bay, your fridge and freezer are working hard to keep hundreds of dollars in food from rotting or you’re relying on the computer and phone to keep you in touch with the outside world, having the power you need when you need it most is essential. Keep your home safe with the power of the Briggs and Stratton 5500 Storm Responder.

Designed with a 7 gallon capacity tank, this powerful generator will purr for 13 hours at half-load, turning fuel into a constant 5500 watts of electricity that you can use to power all the necessary devices and stay connected with breaking news. Even heavy duty appliances and tools like dryers, washing machines and welders are provided for with a whopping 22.9 Amps produced at 240 volts.

The included 25 foot generator adapter-cord sets help you get that electricity where you need it while the durable, rust resistant build keeps this generator humming through rain and snow, season after season. With a pair of large stable wheels and easy-to-grip handle, you can get this generator where you need it most in a hurry, while the simple-to-start design ensures you'll get it up and running no matter how dire the emergency.

So when Mother Nature sends you her worst, blacking out grids across the map, give yourself the protection and certainty to ride out any storm in comfort. Add this powerful generator to your shed or garage today and get the help you'll need at a price you can afford.

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Added on July 26, 2010

 

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127 Reviews Write a review
70 Reviewers (75.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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AnotherNHIceStormGuy
Dec 19 , 2008
Great Product
Before I say anything about the generator I want to mention transfer switches. Since the storm hit, I've seen a lot of questionable and potentially dangerous wiring rigged up to connect generators. The "right way" to do it is use a transfer switch, this allows you to switch particular circuits in main breaker box off the main feed, and on to the generator. It's easy to use, and more importantly it's safe. Any electrician can install this for you, and connect the circuits you want during a long power outage (day 7 for us). For example we run our boiler, well pump, spetic pump, fridge, microwave, some select outlets and lights. An electrician can also explain the load, and surge requriements of the things you want to run in your home. Once installed you will have a long cord with an unusual connector on it. If you look at the specs for this generator you will see this listed: 120-240V-30A, that is a 30 AMP twist lock connector that you will use. It's like plugging in your house, and that's the only cord you'll need instead of having a bunch of extension cords running all over the place. OK onto the generator itself. This is a great product, very easy to start and it'll run for a long time on a tank of gas. When all of that stuff I mentioned above is up and running you I see a steady 1800-2000 watt load. There are spikes of course when a pump or compressor kicks on, but the generator has kept up with all the surges. You might see the lights dim for few seconds when the well pump kicks in, but that's about it. If you don't have a transfer swith the generator comes with a very nice cord that splits into four standard connectors, this looks like it could be really useful. One thing to think about is oil. It comes with oil in it and the book recomends you change this after 5 hours of run time. This is a good idea, you have no idea how long that oil has been in there while the unit sat in the box. Keep an eye of the oil and change it regularly, spend the little extra on fully synthetic 5W30, and it'll run well in any temperature. All in all a great product, pay a the money for a transfer switch and this generator becomes event better. Be smart about where you run it, and fuel it. It should be outside and as far away from you house as possible. Also this thing will generate heat, enough to thaw frozen ground, so think about putting some boards or cement blocks under the wheels if you think the ground might be soft where you run it. Unfortunately these things are also a favorite for thieves, chain it up if you're worried someone might take it.
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rolo2203
Mar 14 , 2010
starting problems

I bought this generator on December 14th of 2008 because we were out of power for 2 days. By the time I got it home, we got our power back and never got to use it. I use to start it once a month. Then we lost power in late Feb of 2010 and I ran it for 16 hours. Used 2 tanks of gas and filled it with oil after both tanks. Now it will not start. I changed the oil, replaced the spark plug, cleaned the spark arrestor, drained the gas and added fresh gas, cleaned the gas line. nothing works. This is the second generator I have bought with a briggs abd stratton engine, and don't have much faith in them. I have a log splitter with a Briggs also, and have the same exact problem with it. Hopefully Sears will stand behind this Generator and make it right.

 

DonCorneo

Toms River, NJ

Jun 23 , 2014
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Don't waste your money on a Briggs & Stratton: They are not worth the price

I bought one of these Storm Responders due to power loss from Sandy. I needed it because my old B&S finally blew up after 10 years of use and countless thousands of hours of running. I bought a B&S because in the past the were excellent for the price. Apparently Quality is no longer a part of the B&S products. I was running a generator to keep my mother's oxygen machine powered until electricity was restored to her area. Thankfully we had power back before this generator blew up. After Sandy, I put the generator in the back of my pickup, which has a cap. I used it a few times over the next year for a few hours at a time. Just short of being 1 years old, I was using it on a really cold day and it blew up after running for about 5-10 minutes. I had filled the oil, but apparently too late. The damaged must have started the second to last time I used it. It never run very low on oil. I added a pint the whole time I owned it. Of course B&S will not warranty it because it was ran low on oil. I complained that B&S named this line Storm Responder, yet it is not a generator that you should use during or after a storm. It is a extremely light duty generator, suited for only a couple of hours use per week. Since this generator lacks a low oil cut-off, calling it a Storm Responder is completely misleading. I highly suggest that everyone who has had any of the Storm Responder line generators blow up because of low oil file a complaint with the BBB, FTC and any other agency that tracks bad products.


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Hoag

Arnold, MD

Dec 12 , 2013
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Excellent generator

Bought this generator 4 years ago when we had an approaching hurricane. We lose power when someone in the neighborhood sneezes, often for up to a week at a time. Since then we have used it at least twice every year. One of the best purchases I've made! This generator is very easy to start I only start it once every couple of months and let it run for 20 - 30 mins. Never had a problem til yesterday. I pulled and pulled and it wouldn't fire. changed spark plug no help... fuel is a little old but still good. Finally gave up to read the manual which is no where to be found. Looked online and found it in 3 mins.! It suggested ensuring the generator is on level ground. well the platform I've been using had settled a little in the mud so I leveled it and let it sit a couple more mins. and it started right up. It seems the generator has a low oil sensor that had detected it was low on oil since it had been tilted. as far as fuel consumption it runs about twelve hours on a tank of gas with a 70-80% load which powers my RV(with ac,fridge, tv, microwave and heater), House fridge, lights, tv with cable boxes and computers. All at the same time without a problem. Do wish I had a cut over switch instead of running extension cords all over the house. I would highly recommend this generator form your home and don't understand why a small business wouldn't have one @ 780.00 bucks it sure has come in handy!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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fuzznose

Sidney, OH

Oct 12 , 2013
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Good Generator, But One Design Flaw I Hate

Whoever designed the u-shaped stand opposite the wheels didn't take into account that this generator vibrates. By doing so, it also causes the u-shaped stand to be slowly bent under the generator. I have had to hammer this stand several times, since if you don't have the generator level, it won't run. I think something more substantial under the generator would have been better applied than this piece of quarter-inch steel strapping. Can't you find something that really works?

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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forthebears

Bethpage, NY

Jun 20 , 2013
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Lights are on

Bought this after Sandy when they finally came back into stock. Started right up. Put load on and ran the house for a few hours to break it in. Changed the oil and had no problems. Worked great had everything powered up.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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vrl007

Gulf Breeze, FL

Mar 31 , 2013
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home generator

While I hope i never have to use it, this generator had the right price and features i wanted.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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lgrant57

Feb 22 , 2013
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Used for 60 hours and the engine exploded.

Similar problem I read from other reviewers. Engine problems resulting in low oil pressure. Engine needs a low oil shut off switch so if the engine is burning oil or there is a leak you are covered. Went back to the local dealer I bought this from and they wouldn't honor the warranty. Told it would cost more to replace the engine than buying a new generator. I am normally a Briggs and Stratton fan but this was a lemon. I should have read the reviews on this site.


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Rick02809

Feb 15 , 2013
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Last minute purchase before the 2013 blizzard in Rhode Island

A week ago, I was called by a friend who was at the orange big box store. He asked if I had a generator for the pending blizzard which was going to hit the next day. I was told to hurry up and get to the store as 20 were coming in on a delivery. Needless to say I purchased this unit sight unseen. I walked into the store, handed the clerk the credit card, then saw the unit. I was pleased that it was a Briggs & Stratton generator, having a ride on mower with a B&S engine, as well as a push mower, I had no problem with the reliability with my past experience. We lost power as predicted on Friday night, we waited about an hour before firing it up... one pull and she was running. We were without electricity from 9:30 PM on Friday until Noon on Sunday. Being an employee in Public safety, I spent my weekend at work. My brother moved into my home with his wife and 1 year old. he had no problem using the unit and keeping the house warm. I was impressed with the 25 foot cable with a 4-plug outlet, it was nice to keep the generator in the driveway away from the house so that the CO wouldn't get into the garage. Later on Saturday, I wired the system to power up most of my home. It handled the output of the boiler, refrigerator and most of the lighting in the home with ease, although we didn't light up the house like Times Square in December! Pros to this unit: 1- Easy assembly and set up out of the box. 2- Easy one-pull starting. 3- The LED light which illuminates the plug area (nice touch!) 4- It isn't too heavy to move around. 5- The 25 foot 4-plug cable. 6- Low oil disable feature, the engine will not run without adequate oil. All in all, I am satisfied with this product, I was in the market for a tri-fuel (natural gas, gasoline& LP) unit and could have purchased a 7500 watt unit for the same price that I paid for this, but all in all, I'm satisfied with the reliability of this generator. **Remember, you have to change the oil after 5 hours, also, if the unit runs and shuts off, it is because the crankcase is low on oil. Maintenance was a breeze, the oil change took a mater of 15 minutes after letting the unit warm-up.


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Feb 2 , 2013
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Cheap unamerican labor showed through

wish I had time to research generator before buying. Was in a jam because of hurricane Sandy. I had paid extra to have unit gassed, Oiled and ready to go. After third day it seized up after only two tanks of gas.I also changed the oil again just before 2nd tank.My dealer said the nut on the piston arm was not tightened and came off which through the rod and put the hole in the crank case. Apparently Brigs has a problem because they ran out of my model of motor for warrenty repairs.My dealer was able to get me the next model up at no cost. I was told ever since Brigs sent the manufacturing to Mexico & China it is not the same motor People always associated it to be as in a American made product. Nothing is anymore and its a shame. My advise which I couldnt take at time is research, research, research


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NDJC

Jan 21 , 2013
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Hurricane Sandy - Lost Power For 12 Days - This unit saved us!

Just wanted to say that we picked up this generator one day before the storm hit us on Long Island and OMG we were so thankful to have it when the power went out and we was not restored for 12 days! We would highly recommend this generator to anyone who would like to have peace of mind that during an unexpected power outage they will be able to use many of the items that they would not normally be able to use with ease. We are not the most techy people but were able to read/understand how to use the unit quickly. We were able to run our refridgerator, kitchen and den lights, a heater (there was a wintery storm that dropped snow on us a few days into the situation) as well as our tv/cable box/ and radio. This generator made a very difficult situation a little easier on it. It turned out that the bigger challenge was finding gas stations that had power and could fill our gas cans. Some advice to families looking to buy a generator... this one was perfect for the average family. Another piece of advice... get extra gas cans/containers and store them in case of an emergency. It was nearly impossible to find additional ones when we needed them.


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John123

Jan 8 , 2013
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Saved us during Sandy

My wife picked up one of these generators during the aftermath of Irene in 2011. We were without power for 7 days after that storm. It worked great out of the box but we were running extension cords from the generator in the driveway into the house, really a suboptimal solution. Months later I finally got an electrican to wire in a Reliance 10 circuit Transfer Switch. The system sat unused (except for quarterly tests) until Sandy. Following Sandy we were without power for 8 days. We ran this generator for at least 16 hours a day, everyday. It powered our gas furnaces, lights, TVs, well pump, coffee maker, toaster, etc., The only thing we had to be careful of is modulating the big draw items (e.g., well pump) but the transfer switch makes that a breeze. During that whole time the generator performed perfectly. Not a blip in over 100 hours of operation. I changed the oil about every 30 hours, changed the air filter once and put a new spark plug in at 100 hours. It started first pull every time. And it did not burn a drop of oil in between oil changes. What turns out to be the weak link is gasoline. After Sandy knocked everthing out getting gas was the problem. So the next step is a Trifuel Kit and tapping into the propane tank buried in our yard that runs the furnaces, stovetop and water heater. For those that are complaining about the lack of oil shut off, tach, hour meter etc., you get what you pay for. We paid about $800 for this generator during a crises. If you want that stuff buy a generator that has it- you will pay a couple hundred dollars more for those features. Or just check the oil and do the preventative work just as you do on any small engine. It is not rocket science. Great unit for the money, in my mind


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