Briggs & Stratton 30466 Review

Think Twice

The Briggs & Stratton 30466 generator is very powerful, with 4,375 watts of starting power, and a cinch to set up and start. However, a few reports about sudden breakdowns have us thinking twice about this model.

Briggs & Stratton's 30466 (starting at $400, Amazon) generator isn't for wimpy households. It's one brawny generator and should provide enough juice to run nearly everything in your home at once, unless perhaps you're trying to run a carnival in the backyard. At Home Depot, Briggs & Stratton 30466 reviews laud this model's power. One user writes it was simply to assemble and "performed flawlessly," and others supply long lists of all the appliances and electronics they were able to run simultaneously from this machine. Buyers who posted reviews at Tractor Supply Co. say it's very reliable and consistently starts with one or two pulls of the recoil starter. Briggs & Stratton 30466 reviews note, however, that the 30466 is louder than cheaper generators, which isn't really surprising given its larger engine.

This model has a hefty 5500 running watts and 8250 starting watts and a seven-gallon fuel tank for unleaded gas; it's rated for a 13-hour run at half load. With a generator of this size a wheel kit is nearly mandatory, and the Briggs & Stratton 30430 includes one. There's no electric start, however, so you'll rely on the recoil starter. The 30466 is more generous with outlets than cheaper generators: it offers four 120v outlets and one 120v/240v locking outlet.

The 30466 delivers more power than most people need in a typical emergency. But if you want to run everything in your house at once from one machine (including energy-hungry 1,000-watt microwaves, space heaters, and the like), then you'll need a generator, like this one, that can dish out a lot of starting and running watts. Just remember that you'll pay more for the privilege and with a decibel rating of 76, the 30466 runs louder than smaller, less powerful generators -- probably won't keep you up at night, though.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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