Briggs & Stratton 30471 Review
The 30471 model portable generator by Briggs & Stratton offers an impressive 8,000 watt (10,000 watt surge) power supply for domestic or outdoor use. Featuring four 120 volt AC outlets and one 120 volt 30 amp locking outlet with a 420cc engine the 30471 is fully capable of offering a backup power supply for domestic emergency blackouts and supporting numerous power tools simultaneously. The large 7 gallon fuel tank with gauge offers up to 8 hour run time at 50% load. The added feature of a wheel kit ensures maximum mobility, making the generator ideal for jobsites or for construction purposes also.
Satisfied Briggs & Stratton customers have been impressed with the ease of the set-up without the need for excessive tools and fool-proof instruction manual that can be understood by even those with no prior knowledge of generators. The fuel gauge and low oil shutoff have also impressed customers for enhancing the efficiency and competency of the unit. The rubber weather protectors around the power connections ensure that the generator is safeguarded from moisture, although it is not entirely rainproof. Other positive comments regarding the overall design have included the large wheels in conjunction with the dolly handle which folds down, making for a unit which is easily transportable. Whilst noise is often an unavoidable by-product of fuel powered portable generators, users have been impressed with the relative quietness of the 30471 model compared to other similar models on the market today.
Some customers have commented that the Briggs & Stratton 30471 model does not include a funnel, power cord or fuel stabiliser which would be useful, inexpensive additions to aid in the set-up and maintenance of the generator. Other users have recommended investing in a fuel filter on the gas line to prevent rusting of the engine and have claimed that the oil is prone to leak from the engine valve cover. Other criticisms have included poor workmanship and quality control causing parts to fall off due to not being attached properly and other parts which do not function at all.
Overall, customers have been impressed by the durability and solid performance of the Briggs & Stratton 30471 portable generator. Users have found the unit to be good value of money and ideal as a backup power supply for the home during extreme weather conditions and power shortages as it is capable of supplying multiple household appliances simultaneously with ease.