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Here are a few generator usage tips you should keep in mind.

  • Wattage - Determine what appliances you will be able to run with the wattage guide.
  • Testing - Perform a dry run of your generator to make sure you are familiar of how you will operate it during a power outage.
  • Flashlight - Keep a flashlight handy to find your way to your generator.
  • Location - Keep your generator conveniently located.
  • Electric Start - If your generator is equipped with electric start, keep the battery charged.
  • Lubrication - Run your generator occasionally to keep the engine well lubricated.
  • Powering Your Generator - Keep an adequate supply of fresh gasoline and extension cords. Use fuel stabilizer if you plan on extended storage.
  • Plugging In - Plug in appliances one at a time being careful not to overload the circuits.
  • Cool After Use - Allow your generator to adequately cool-down before storing.
  • Cover -  Use a storage cover to keep the generator free of dirt and debris.


I own a Briggs & Stratton 30469 7,500 Watt 342cc, I start it up every month and let it run. This time after I started it up, it would just stop after less than a minute. checked the fuel,oil level looks fine. Please let me know what the issue might be.

Asked by: MikeLin
It may be vapor lock. Try loosening the gas cap a 1/4 turn.
Answered by: Nicole_BriggsStratton
Date published: 2014-03-28

A small amount of current is induced in neut/gnd loop by the running generator. The neutral wire passes through the ground fault sensor, the GFCI senses this induced current and trips the main circuit breaker in the generator. Please provide resolution.

Asked by: Don01
This is a safety feature on the generator and we cannot advise any modifications or alterations to the unit.
Answered by: Nicole_BriggsStratton
Date published: 2014-03-26

I just purchased  a new generator it ran for 3 hours and quit It has fresh fuel and the oil level is at the full level What can I do to get it runnIng?

Asked by: WillT
We will need the model number of the generator to help troubleshoot this. Some generators have low oil shut downs or it could be an issue with the carburetor. There is a 2 year warranty on the unit. You will want to take it in for warranty consideration. Here is a link to the dealer locator: http://bit.ly/XIq4zp
Answered by: Nicole
Date published: 2014-02-17

my generator wont start ,I change the oil and put new gas in it it cranks but wont start any idears.

Asked by: busman
Sounds like there is a clog in the carburetor. You will want to clean this out. Here is a link that will help you: http://bit.ly/15ihyvq
Answered by: Nicole
Date published: 2014-01-31

I have a portable generator that will not stay cranked up unless you keep spraying starter fluid on it?  It starts up and cuts right back off. What is the problem. PLEASE HELP!!!

Asked by: missj
It sounds like you have a clog in the carburetor. You will want to clean the carburetor and change out the fuel with fresh fuel. Here is a link that will help with that: http://bit.ly/15ihyvq
Answered by: Nicole
Date published: 2013-11-22

Trying to fix pull rope assembly

Asked by: Mike1522
Here are instructions on how to fix the rope: http://bit.ly/175Axrs
Answered by: Nicole
Date published: 2013-10-29

Buying a used generator

I'm buying a used 8000 watt elite Briggs and Stratton generator, that was first purchased in 2009. It was approximately 200 hours use on the engine, and still starts after 1-2 pulls. However, it has been in storage and not ran (except when I started it as a test ) for several years. I'm paying 275$ for it. Is it worth it and since its still able to run, what can I do to keep it ready in case of emergencies. Thanks!
Asked by: Grandfathergeek
Before purchasing the generator, put a small load on it such as a lamp to ensure that the unit will produce power.
Answered by: Nicole
Date published: 2014-03-17







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