We lost our power for 4 days this winter, but the gererator saved us from moving to a hotel. The Briggs and Stratton 5000 ran almost everything in our 3 bedroom house. It couldn't handle the dryer when the well pump kicked on. My only warning to anyone buying a generator is to be ready to pay at least another $700 to $1000 to have a transfer switch installed correctly.
Wow is that machine loud! I only have 5 hours on it... enough to break it in for the next 50 hours... It ran the fridge and other major appliances just fine. The toaster and coffe pot put more of a load on it than the fridge....Whether or not it had a "load" on it it ran at 3,600 rpm's. There is no governer or any other sort of no "load" idle on it. The manual claims 10 hrs for every 5 gal of gas at a half load which ain't so bad... I cannot attest to that. Perhaps when the engine is broken in. I gave it two stars because of the loudness and that it will not idle with no load on it! I'm not sure on how durable it will be when it come to letting it run in inclement weather either...
Like all generators they set allot. I bought this one about 3-4 years ago and ran it off and on. I live on a farm in the Midwest and this year, I started all four of mine and all my older ones started up with little issue. This one would not. I took it back to where I bought it at the farm equipment store and they had to replace the carburetor on it. Runs fine now. All my older ones are great but this one is problematic. So as a back up to this back up generator, by a back up Carburetor for it too.
engine mounts came broken when opened the box, and the engine bend exhaust hot plate separator
I live in an area prone to heavy rains and flooding plus power outages. Our house has a sophisticated drainage system setup to handle the water but requires a grinder/pump to move the water. I purchased the 5000 from Home Depot and had it up and running in about an hour and the pump ( 1/2 hp) did not tax the system. Everything was working so well I attached a room sized AC, my coffee machine (Keurig 1cup style), connections to charge phones and a hotspot. Made the 12 hours waiting for the power to return comfortable.
Statted on the first pull! Easy to start. Built rugged frame. Great features. Gas gauge on top of has tank. 4 120 volt outlets and 1 220 volt outlet. Quaility built unlike alot of geneeators i saw before i bought this one. Good machine for the money.
After working hard in my construction job for nearly 20 years, my old Briggs and Stratton generator had to be retired. So where else to shop but Sears for a new generator. They have a huge selection of Briggs and Stratton generators to choose from. Their website makes it so easy to fully view each model and look at each units specifications. After finding the one that best suited my job, I was happy to find out that I had surprise points and coupons that made my purchase all the more worthwhile shopping at Sears. I even scored ************* by having the new generator shipped to my local Sears store. Picking it up was a breeze. In less than 5 minutes I was loaded and heading home. Thank you Sears!
This comment "Good, but the 240 circuit breaker trips well below 30a" from 8/5/14
If you take a 240v 4 pin plug and try to "adapt" it to a 120v 3 pin plug you are only ever going to be able to take advantage of 1/2 the generator's power output. so 1/2 of 5000w and apx 20amps max. SOLUTION: BUY A SINGLE PHASE GENERATOR OR ONE THAT IS SWITCHABLE TO SINGLE PHASE ONLY