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8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator

Extra powerful and durable, with enough power to run many items during power outages or on the jobsite. The Commercial OHV Engine provides extended engine life and improved performance in commercial applications. Full Pressure Lubrication helps keep vital engine parts operating smoothly. Effortless Electric Start for simple push-of-a-button starts and a Float Charger to keep the battery fresh. The convenient control panel has five outlets for all of your power needs. BONUS: Includes 30 Amp Heavy Gauge Generator Cord.
Overall rating:
4.286 / 5
4.3
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5
(7 reviews) 7
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86%of customersrecommend this product6 of 7reviews
Rating Breakdown 7 reviews
4.3 out of 5.0
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86%of customersrecommend this product6 of 7reviews
Customer reviews for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
Review 1 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
from Fort Lauderdale FL

Briggs & stratton / Generac 8 Kw Generator

PostedMay 28, 2006
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
I purchased this generator to replace an aging 6.25 Kw unit. The first thing we did with the generator was to gas it up and do a break-in load test. The reason for this test is to see if it will fail in any way before the power goes out and we really need it. We ran the unit for 8 hours at 25 amps per leg or approximately 80 % load and it didn?t miss a beat. Total gas consumption was just over six gallons in 8 hours. When switching from no load to full load the generator would pick up the load almost instantly without the usual brownouts expected from a portable generator. Frequency regulation which is very important with electronic equipment was superb varying no more than a few cycles for a fraction of a second as the loads where switched on and off. As for features the electric start was a mandatory when the lights go out I want to push a button and have power NOW. The built in hour meter makes keeping track of run time for maintenance simple and easy. Since I have a transfer switch I didn?t use it the supplied cord set however it is a real nice safety feature for those who do not have a transfer switch. The cord allows one to safely and easily connect home appliances while keeping the generator a good distance from the home.
The Generac 410 OHV engine has full pressure lubrication with a spin on automotive type oil filter this provides two major features. One is it allows the user to do oil changes ever 100 hours vs. the standard 24 hours with non-pressure lubricated units. To me this is quite important as last year after Wilma we where on a portable generator for three weeks and that worked out to an oil change every other day. With this unit it I can stretch that out to a single oil change per week. The other feature is unit life. A standard single cylinder air cooled non-pressure lubricated engine if properly maintained will run about 1000 hours before it starts having problems and it?s output power starts dropping. A pressure-lubricated engine if properly maintained can triple that lifespan. That alone makes this generator an excellent bargain when compared apples to apples to just slightly lower priced units.
+67points
67out of 67found this review helpful.
Review 2 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
from New Hampshire

Briggs & Stratton EXL Generator

PostedMarch 27, 2007
Overall rating 
1.0 out of 5.0
1 out of 5
No, I do not recommend this product.
I bought this generator right after the first of the year. I hadn't even gotten to wire up the electric start when I needed to use it. It started fine and ran fine (with a few lights and the sump pump) for the hour or so that I needed it.
After that, I installed a hard wire setup as well as a transfer switch. Things were now all set. We lost power again on a Saturday morning so my wife asked me to show her how to set it and run it. A nice day outside - what a great opportunity.
It had been running for about twenty minutes with minimal load on it when I heard a POP. Then another POP. My wife followed her nose and I went down stairs to investigate. She hollered to me that the surge protector in the office was SMOKING - should she call the fire dept?. I told her no - I shut off all the transfer switches, then shut down the generator.
I am a Master electrician. I started troubleshooting and found that the generator was not putting out 120 volts on each phase - it was putting out 160 volts. That meant that instead of 240 phase to phase, you had 320volts phase to phase.
IT'S A GOOD THING WE DIDN"T BURN THE WHOLE HOUSE DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!
After only 3.2 hours of use, this generator had failed in very dramatic fashion.
The problem is that this generator is billed as a whole house generator. I could have burned out my well pump, my Hi-def TV, refrigerator, freezer etc. When I read the warranty it specifically EXCLUDES" incidental damages".
The biggest loss here though is the confidence factor. My wife will NEVER get this generator out and run it if I'm not home even though I had set it up so that she could do it very easily.
My wife sent a letter off to Briggs and Stratton and has not gotten even a form letter response from them - it's been a month.
What caused this failure?? 2 pinched wires - it happened during the generator assembly. Easy enough for the repair shop to fix - but also very easy to prevent in the first place.
Suffice it to say that we are VERY DISAPPOINTED in this unit.
+2points
2out of 2found this review helpful.
Review 3 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
from Allentown, PA

An Absolutely Great Generator

PostedNovember 16, 2006
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
This Generator came right out of the box, required some fuel, some oil (supplied), started right up, and now powers my 30amp welder with not even a hiccup!
Once nice upgrade might be pneumatic wheels, but those are an easy swap, and important to me only since I move it around alot.
A great product at a great price!
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 4 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
from Southeast Missouri

Very Satisfied

PostedJanuary 19, 2007
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
I purchased this generator last week after reading these reviews. 3 days later, I had a power outage and just like previous reviews, it fired right up out of the box after adding gasoline and oil, (provided)
I was able to run my well, space heater in well house, refrigerator, 42" plasma TV, gas furnace, a few lights and this pc with all 3 monitors attached and it really didn't miss a beat. I was also impressed with the gas that it used - a full tank lasted me 11 hours before I shut it down to refuel and there was still about a gallon left in the tank.
I had an electrician install a compatible 220 plug into my electrical box, and build me an extension cord, so all I had to do was turn off the main breaker and plug in the generator.
I know this is pricy, but I think it is well worth it. We have lost power several times in the last 12 months for 6 - 7 days at a time and we vowed not to go thru that again.
The only thing I wish this generator had was a wattage indicator - so I can easily tell what I'm using at any given moment.
The only thing we missed was hot water as we have an electric tank but we'll probably be replacing that with a propane tank in the near future.
+1point
1out of 1found this review helpful.
Review 5 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
from Chicago

Briggs n stratton

PostedSeptember 17, 2007
Overall rating 
4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5
I was looking for a large portable generator that could handle lots of appliances in the summer blackouts we get every year. This one was the best bang for the buck. The Pros: has handled all the power I have demanded from it. 2 fridges , air conditioner , tv, lights , and some fans all going at the same time. The fridges are full of thousands of dollars of medicine and is very important they keep cold at all times.
The only negatives i have really is that it is Loud, and I was expecting alot of noise from such a huge generator , and it hasnt dissapointed in the Loud department. But when it is 95 degrees at night and the power is out , Power is all that matters , and this baby never falters.
0points
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Review 6 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator

Great Product for the money

PostedMay 27, 2007
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
This is what sold me:
The Generac 410 OHV engine has full pressure lubrication with a spin on automotive type oil filter this provides two major features. One is it allows the user to do oil changes ever 100 hours vs. the standard 24 hours with non-pressure lubricated units. To me this is quite important as last year after Wilma we where on a portable generator for three weeks and that worked out to an oil change every other day. With this unit it I can stretch that out to a single oil change per week. The other feature is unit life. A standard single cylinder air cooled non-pressure lubricated engine if properly maintained will run about 1000 hours before it starts having problems and it?s output power starts dropping. A pressure-lubricated engine if properly maintained can triple that lifespan. That alone makes this generator an excellent bargain when compared apples to apples to just slightly lower priced units."
I bought mine about 2 mo. ago, it run's Great. The company I work for liked mine so much they bought 3. "Great Product for the Money"
0points
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Review 7 for 8,000 Watt Briggs & Stratton Extended Life Portable Generator
from Olympia, Washington

Best of the affordable portables...

PostedJanuary 9, 2007
Overall rating 
5.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5
After several power outages of up to a week, I decided to upgrade my small portable generator to a larger unit. I brought home a Coleman 8KW unit, but it leaked fuel everywhere. Took it back, got another one...and it leaked fuel everywhere. I got discouraged, and the helpful Home Depot folks set me up with this Briggs & Stratton unit. Ahhh, much better. Far easier to set up - the hardest part is getting the box out of the truck! Setup took about 5 minutes, and it was running.
For my money, this is the best reasonably priced generator I've seen. The fuel tank is large, the spin-on oil filter a plus, it is extremely simple to use, and the hour meter is going to make maintenance easy to track. I zip-tied a small plastic pouch onto the handle; in it I keep maintenance that I've done. The startup surge power is much higher than others, and the included cordset is a real plus.
There is no break-in procedure specified in the owner's manual; I ran it at a steady, light to moderate load for a few hours. Hope that will do!
I will update this review after I install a transfer box and hook this baby up to my home's electrical panel. For now, it's extension cords and power strips.
I'm still looking for a drawback to this thing, with no luck. The power is going to fail again tonight with the latest storm, but this time, I feel quite prepared!
0points
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