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Briggs & Stratton 30468 5500-Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator with 1650 Series 342cc Engine and Power Surge Alternator, Engine Oil Included (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Clean and instant power to keep appliances and other important electronics running during a power outage
  • Power Surge Alternator to run multiple large appliances at the same time
  • 1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine
  • 5-gallon fuel tank for an impressive 10-hours of continuous operation at 50-percent load on a full tank
  • 2-year limited warranty
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Product Description

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 5500-Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator produces clean and instant power to keep appliances and other important electronics running during a power outage or natural disaster. The Power Surge Alternator produces up to 25-percent more surge wattage to run multiple large appliances or power tools at the same time. This unit features a 1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine that produces 16.5-foot-pounds of torque and a 5-gallon metal fuel tank for an impressive 10-hours of continuous operation at 50-percent load on a full tank. With 10-inch never go flat wheels, this generator is easy to move in and out of storage or to new sites. Includes (4) 120-volt outlets, (1) 120/240-volt 30-amp outlet with circuit breaker protection and rubber outlet safety covers for added protection. Features a fuel gauge and hour meter for monitoring gas levels, super Lo-Tone Muffler and recoil start type. The Briggs & Stratton 30468 comes with engine oil, quick start guide and operator's manual. Technical information: 5500 running watts, 6875 starting watts, 45.8/22.9-amps. This generator is rated in accordance with CSA and rated in accordance with PGMA standards. All power levels are stated gross torque at 2600-RPM per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton. All power levels are stated gross horsepower at 3600-RPM per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton. The Briggs & Stratton 30468 5500-Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator comes with a 2-year limited warranty to protect against defects in materials and workmanship. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on all seven continents. Visit www.amazon.com/briggsstratton for more information on Briggs & Stratton and our extensive line of products.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 28.7 x 23.8 inches ; 181 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 186 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B003S3RZDG
  • Item model number: 30468
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,503 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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About Briggs & Stratton

For more than a century, Briggs & Stratton branded engines and power equipment have helped consumers get the job done. Known for hard-working, dependable, efficient products, Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on all seven continents.

Briggs & Stratton 30468 Portable Generator

5,500-Watt Generator with 1650 Series 342cc Engine and Power Surge Alternator

The Briggs & Stratton 30468 5,500-Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator can provide electricity for your next camping trip, recreational activity and/or can provide home backup power during a blackout. The Power Surge Alternator produces up to 25-percent more surge wattage to run multiple large appliances or power tools at the same time.

This generator is rated in accordance with CSA and PGMA standards. It comes with engine oil, a quick start guide and an operator's manual to quickly get you “powered up” again in the case of an outage. This portable generator features a fuel gauge and hour meter for monitoring gas levels, a super Lo-Tone muffler and recoil start. The Briggs & Stratton 30468 generator comes with a 2-year limited warranty to protect against defects in materials and workmanship.

  • Clean and instant power to keep appliances and other important electronics running during a power outage
  • Power Surge Alternator to run multiple large appliances at the same time
  • 1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine
  • 5-gallon fuel tank for 10-hours of continuous operation at 50-percent load on a full tank
  • 2-year limited warranty

Protect Your Family and Your Home

Portable generators help protect your family, your valuable possessions and your household appliances during a power outage or natural disaster. They are also great for other locations where power might be needed, from garages and outdoor events to recreational activities and camping trips. Stop letting power outages ruin your life and safeguard your family with a Briggs & Stratton portable generator.

Briggs & Stratton Series Engines

Engines by Briggs & Stratton are designed for long life, high performance, and great fuel efficiency when using your portable generator. The 30468 Portable Generator uses a powerful 1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine that produces 16.5-foot-pounds of torque to produce instant power and keep your life running. Overhead Valve (OHV) engines have smoother operation, longer engine life and improved fuel economy.

Multi-Featured Control Panel

The multi-featured control panel includes (4) 120-volt household outlets and (1) 120/240-volt 30-amp locking outlet for powering your home or recreational activities. Both outlets feature rubber outlet covers and circuit-breaker protection with quick reset buttons.

Easy Transportation and Effortless Starting

Transport your portable generator from one location to the next with the 10-inch Never Go Flat wheels and grab handle designed for easy mobility. This generator also features a Power Surge Alternator that produces up to 25-percent more surge wattage.

30466 Portable Generator 30467 Portable Generator 30468 Portable Generator 30469 Portable Generator 30470 Elite Series Portable Generator
Running Watts 3,500 5,000 5,500 6,000 7,000
Starting Watts 4,375 6,250 6,875 7,500 8,750
Engine Type 1150 Series OHV 1650 Series OHV 1650 Series OHV 1650 Series OHV 2100 Series OHV
Engine Displacement 250cc 342cc 342cc 342cc 420cc
Hour Meter
Wheel Type 8-Inch Never Go Flat 10-Inch Never Go Flat 10-Inch Never Go Flat 10-Inch Never Go Flat 12-Inch Never Go Flat
Key Electric Start & Remote Choke
Fuel Tank Capacity 4 Gallons 5 Gallons 5 Gallons 7 Gallons 7.5 Gallons
Run Time Up to 8 Hours @ 1/2 Load Up to 10 Hours @ 1/2 Load Up to 10 Hours @ 1/2 Load Up to 13 Hours @ 1/2 Load Up to 9 Hours @ 1/2 Load

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By nice guy on November 8, 2011
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This generator arrived by truck freight. An ABF truck with a power lift gate delivered it and the driver used a hand-truck to put it in my garage. The generator was well packed and the box was intact.

Assembly time was under 15 minutes. All I had to do was use a couple of wrenches to attach the wheels, pop the wheel covers on, and attach a support bracket to the bottom of the machine.

I dumped the included bottle of oil into the oil fill port, put in a little gas, and it fired up on the first pull.

The generator is not "quiet", but it's quieter than the average lawn mower. It runs smoothly and my volt meter tells me that it's working just as it should.

Nice features include: hour meter, gas gauge, 30amp twist lock power connector

I use this generator to power my: well pump, 2 lighting circuits, fridge + a couple of kitchen outlets, and my oil-fired boiler (hot water and heat). I'm sure that I could power additional circuits, as well - as long as I don't turn on everything at once.

I'm really very happy with the generator but I gave it four stars because it could be quieter and Briggs doesn't publish the specs for total harmonic distortion (THD). I can tell you that everything I plugged in worked without a problem, but my multi-meter doesn't read 60Hz as I would like. It will occassionally read 62.5 Hz and then it starts jumping up to 400Hz+. I attribute this to a pretty distorted sine wave output. I don't have a scope to confirm that, but that's pretty common for generators of this class. I'm not terribly concerned, but I would not use this to power sensitive electronics if I had an alternative. For general household stuff, it's great.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John57 on September 13, 2011
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I purchased this generator after not being able to find one in the stores as the most recent hurricane came up the east coast of the US. The generator arrived quickly and started the first time that I pulled the starting handle after filling it with oil and fuel. No problems. It was covered in oil while in the box because the quart of oil that came with the unit leaked during shipment but a rag and a little cleaner cleaned this right up. I am pleased with the generator. I have tested for an extended period of time at nearly full load and it works as advertized. I would recommended this generator to anyone who would like the peace of mind of knowing that they have electrical power available when the lights go out for extended periods of time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander on November 9, 2012
This was my first generator I bought last year. Had about 90 hours on it when Hurricane Sandy came in. I got one more day out of this generator before it stopped producing electricity at about 100 hours. Engine ran fine, just not electricity. Brought it to an authorized service center (Home Depot) and they said it was a bearing (outside of the engine)and should be covered by warranty, but it would take 1 month to get back after they send it out. I was out of power for a total of 8 days from Hurricane Sandy - this generator only got me through one of those days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kikimora on November 6, 2012
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I purchased this genset few weeks after Irene as the new house has well pump and with no electricity there is no water which is really bad. The genset is somewhat oversized for my need but I figure out 82 yr old neighbor might be interested in hooking up as well. It was sized for 2 sump pumps 0.9 kW each, one well pump 1 well pump at 1 kW, oil boiler, two fridges, some lights, 20 amp battery charger and extra 1 kW for neighbor.

I did initial setup and ran for half hour to verify it's working. Checked once again few days before the storm. I also have the conversion kit for tri-fuel but did not install it since it could reduce power efficiency on the gas.

Last week Sandy came around and I had to pull it out. Was running for about 20 hours, changed oil in the middle (synthetic 5W30). The generator started well on the first pull every time except when I forgot to close the choke. When I was away my wife was able to start, connect the loads and stop it without problem. The gasoline consumption with my loads was about 0.35-0.40 Gal/hour with sump pump hardly ever started, probably 1/4 rated load on average. This is not bad for big genset like this but I would rather have smaller one with less fuel consumption. With limited amount of gas on hands and most gas stations out I kept it on only in the morning and evening so family could take shower, to cool down fridges and change batteries. Small loads like computers and light were running on the battery via inverter with generator off. Luckily there was not much rain and battery backup for sump pump was able to handle the water, otherwise it would not last even two days.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark on November 17, 2011
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The model 30468 Briggs Generator, as advertised on Amazon, shows that it comes with the 1450 series engine. This disagrees with the specs as shown on the Briggs & Stratton website, for this model. The Briggs website shows it with the 1650 series engine (2 more ft-lbs of torque, 342 cc displacement). I was pleasantly surprised when mine arrived, to find that it did come with the slightly larger 1650 series engine. This was cause for confusion when first shopping on-line. I am assuming that Amazon has this misrepresented, and all others ordering this model will receive it with the larger engine.

Generator arrived in perfect condition and was easy to assemble. In general, the product looks well built, durable, and will hopefully stand the test of time. I have yet to fire it up, waiting to purchase 5W-30 synthetic oil which I plan to use in lieu of the 10W-30 Briggs oil that it came with.

Hopefully Amazon will correct this (potential) error associated with the engine designation, and clear up the confusion.

Filled with oil and gas a couple days later and started on the first pull. Ran smoothly for 15 minutes or so with no load. Well, I did plug a small air compressor into one of the 110V sockets to check it out. Worked fine. Once my transfer switch is installed, plan to test it out under full load (6 - 110V house circuits, including furnace and fridge. No 220V). For now, totally satisfied with this product, and would recommend as a good buy.
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