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Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder 5500 Watt Generator Non CA

Item# 07133139000P | Model# 030430 | Added on July 26, 2010 |
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Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder 5500 Watt Generator Non CA
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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 ... read more
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By AnotherNHIceStormGuy
December 19th, 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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By delawarecustomer
December 28th, 2011
b&s storm responder 5500 leak can't be repaired

Bought this to use during Hurricane Irene. Worked fine during 2-1/2 day power outage except for minor oil leak. I had purchased the at-home repair plan from Sears so I called them to repair it, as instructed by Briggs & Stratton. After two visits from tech and repair part order they tell me it can't be fixed. Something about the armature is also bad and the manufacturer doesn't supply a tool to dismantle the system. Further, Sears can't get a replacement unit and won't refund my money because it's more than 30 days old. Bottom line is I have non-functioning generator under manufacturer warranty which can't be repaired or replaced. I have to take my purchase-price credit and apply to another unit from Sears as part of a "customer solutions case." Somehow I'm not feeling confident in either Sears or Briggs & Stratton.

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Very dependable starts up every time I need it

January 7th via sears.com
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March 6th
Jeremy77

Almost 10 years old and still solid

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I bought this unit in early 05' after being without power after hurricane Ivan. It was branded as Craftsman then but but is basically the same generator as now. Was glad to have it after hurricane Katrina that August. It doesn't see a lot of heavy use regularly but with just minimal maintenance over the years it fires up in 2 or 3 pulls and runs like a champ. A very solid unit.

March 20th via craftsman.com
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DonCorneo

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

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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.

June 23rd via sears.com
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Hoag

Excellent generator

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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!

December 12th via sears.com
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