New Briggs & Stratton 12kW Standby Generator System Offers Whole-House Power in 60 Percent Quieter Unit

MILWAUKEE (September 10, 2015) — Briggs & Stratton [NYSE:BGG] introduces its redesigned 12-kilowatt1 standby generator system. The new 12kW¹ has the smallest footprint in the industry of similar power is 60 percent quieter* than our previous unit, while still providing homeowners with whole-house power.

The new unit’s 50 percent smaller footprint and front exhaust maintains curb appeal by providing more placement options around the home. Its higher-quality engine, premium muffler and re-designed alternator intake ducting improved the generator’s sound quality significantly.

“More placement options because of its smaller size and reduced noise allows homeowners to blend the unit into their property, so they get that peace of mind only backup power can provide without sacrificing the aesthetics of their property,” said Jeff Custer, VP and General Manager of Briggs & Stratton Standby Power. “Plus, the new unit achieves National Fire Protection Agency standard approval so it can be placed as close as 18 inches from the home, so it even fits on properties with tight lot lines2.”

The smaller 12kW1 generator is compatible with Briggs & Stratton’s proven Symphony® II power management system, a patented technology that automatically balances the power needs of a home’s electrical loads — including high-wattage items like air conditioning units, stoves and electric dryers. The proven technology gives families uninterrupted, whole-house power with a more affordable standby generator.

The upgrades on the new compact 12kW1 unit don’t stop with its smaller design. A redesigned control panel includes a scrolling LED board that makes it easy for the homeowners to know if the standby generator is ready for operation or in need of service. The premium-grade Briggs & Stratton Vanguard™ engine comes with an electric governing system for precision engine speed control, creating a quieter, more durable generator. The enclosure made of galvanneal steel provides rust-resistant protection for extreme weather conditions.

The new 12kW1 comes with a limited five-year parts and three-year labor limited warranty3. For more information about the entire line of Briggs & Stratton standby generator systems, visit

About Briggs & Stratton Corporation:

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Its wholly owned subsidiaries include North America’s number one marketer of pressure washers, and it is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of power generation, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Simplicity®, Snapper®, Snapper Pro® Ferris®, Allmand, Billy Goat®, Murray®, PowerBoss® Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on six continents. For more information visit and

*Sound levels are taken from lowest point measured around generator per ISO3744 at normal load. Sound levels taken from other sides of the generator may be higher depending on installation parameters.
1 This generator is rated in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 2200 (stationary engine generator assemblies) and CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standard C22.2 No. 100-04 (motors and generators).
2 Installations must strictly comply with all applicable codes, industry standards, laws, regulations and provided installation manual. Running engines give off carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas so it is important to keep exhaust gas away from any windows, doors, ventilation intakes or crawl spaces. The installation manual contains specific instructions related to generator placement in addition to NFPA 37, including the requirement that carbon monoxide detectors be installed and maintained in your home.
3 Warranty details available at