Briggs&Stratton 5500 Watt Storm Responder Portable Gas Generator
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- 5500 running watts/8250 starting watts
- Up to 13 hours run time at 50% load
- Ideal for powering a small appliance and a few household items
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this gen. powered everything i needed and some.
1.oil fired boiler for heat/hot water
2.220v well pump.
3.any lights needed
5. 1000w microwave.
6. one burner on electric stove.
one day we were having guests over my wife had 2 crock pots plugged in, cooking on the elec. stove top, the dishwasher running,
and me not realizing all this I began vacuuming with a melie vac 1800 watts. as I was vac. I think the well pump kicked on because after a couple min. running the vac all went dark. reset the breaker on the gen and all was good. this gen has performed flawlessly for me. starts on first pull. I was wired into breaker box. I changed oil as per manual after 5 hrs then every 50hrs always use 5-30 synthetic. this gen must be kept level while running per the manual or it might ruin the engine. also someone said it has only an engine on/off switch but it also has a breaker/ on/off sw for the electricity. No I do not work for briggs or whoever makes this thing. I am just a very happy customer. ran for over 250 hrs so far. It is loud but not quite as loud as my friends same size generator starts with G ends with a C show me any gen not "LOUD".
I got extra fuel tanks, and made a run for home. Got home (about a week after storm, road still impassable), blasted the truck up driveway, and setup the generator.
It started on THE VERY FIRST PULL!!.. and it ran, flawless. Power to everything, the refrigerator, lights, water, even the electric heaters!! It ran for 6 days solid running time,, only stopped to change the oil per directions.. We inherited a housefull of shivering relatives, and some neighbors, for overnight guests. They thought we had power because of the lights (the sound was so low, in back of the house).
After day 6, I told everybody "I got to give the generator a rest" and turned it off during daylight hours (just to get everybody OUT! Ha!).
When the lights came back on (about 8 or 9 days?),, I turned it off, changed the oil again, stabilized the fuel, covered it up, and put it away.
Today (August 23rd, 2012), nearly a year since that wicked storm, I was cleaning the basement. I found the "Storm Responder" down there, covered in dust. I brought it outside. It started on THE VERY FIRST PULL!! and purred to life, giving me power that I didn't even need at the time..
Maybe I got a good one,, but this generator is something that I wouldn't sell for all the tea in China...
So Irene hit us just north of Richmond, VA and we were without power for 13 days, which was a record even for us. This generator showed up the day before the storm hit, and I literally set it up after work in about an hour. It only took that long because it is damn difficult to work something that weighs over 200 lbs upside down to get the wheels on. However, once I set it up, it started on the first pull. 12 hours later, we lost power for 13 days.
I've read the other reviews, and I'd be furious if my generator broke and no one would fix it, but ours ran 24/7 for 13 days with few interruptions and that alone is remarkable. We were vigilant about the oil changes - twice during the first 20 hours and every day after that, so maybe that is why ours didn't break, I don't know. It is a strong generator, especially for a portable. After the second day of the power outage, I got an electrician out to wire it up to our existing generator breaker box (we didn't have a cable) and it ran our well pump, TV, computers, and lights well enough for two weeks.
It's not strong enough for water heaters or space heaters, but it did manage to run fans nonstop throughout the "Irene Outage".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Owned 6+ years. Not one problem. Always use Stabil in gas. Always shut down by turning off fuel line switch. Let it run several times a year for 30 min. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JAH
Bought the generator just before Irene. I used it during the storms for four days, it was working fine. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Edward
I live in the Trenton, NJ area and after procrastinating for 6+ years I fortunately purchased this unit at Home Depot 2 days before Hurricane Irene. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John M. Mongon
This generator works well but once you have a problem with it good luck fixing it. The generator sat for a couple of years so I took apart the carb to it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Deepseabc
I have had this unit for the last five years and not once has it let me down. It has always started on the 1st or 2nd pull and performs without any problems what so ever. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by James M. Hiner Jr.
Had this unit for 25 months and only used it for a total of 3 hours. When I pulled it out of storage last month I noticed a large oil puddle and found oil is leaking from under the... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by HomeImprov
Full disclosure - I've only had this generator for a few weeks. I hope it's running this well for years to come, but I can't speak for the longevity. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Patrick Traynor
I purchased my unit from Lowes 2 days after Hurricane Sandy and have been very happy! I had the unit running from about 6:00AM to Midnight (18 hrs sometimes longer) each day for a... Read morePublished on November 7, 2012 by JBrophy
Purchased the day Sandy hit on October 30,2012. First generator ever and did no research on the model since I really had no choice at the time. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by James C