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Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder - 6250/8500W Portable Generator

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Description

Storm Ready, this is the ideal quick response generator! (source: Briggs & Stratton (opens in a new tab))

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To sum up, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is a portable generator tailored for:

  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed.

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder in use

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder

Featuring a 420 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder operates using gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 6,250W and a starting wattage of 8,500W.

This generator is equipped with a manual recoil starter system.

With a full tank, the Storm Responder can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.68 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Since the Storm Responder bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

At L28 x W27 x H28 in, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder boasts a traditional open frame structure, ensuring stability and allowing for convenient maintenance access to components, promoting air circulation. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

While weighing 210 lbs, the generator is classified as 'portable,' indicating its mobility, albeit its heftiness may limit portability in specific situations. However, the limited maneuverability is remedied with its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, facilitating convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder

The Storm Responder's control panel

Featuring a digital StatStation™ data center on its control panel, the Storm Responder offers you convenient access to essential information about the lifetime run hours and power output, facilitating effective monitoring of its activity and status.

The built-in fuel gauge of the generator ensures simple and quick gas level assessments.

From a security point of view, the generator is equipped with an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, giving you a peace of mind during use.

The Storm Responder also benefits from Briggs & Stratton’s CO Guard™ (opens in a new tab) carbon monoxide shutdown. This new patent-pending technology uses advanced algorithms to shut down the generator when harmful levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the generator's operating area.

Alongside the typical set of documentation and the user manual to assist with setup, Briggs & Stratton has included accessory] in the packaging of the Storm Responder.

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • At a dry weight of 210 pounds, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is one of the heavier devices which can produce between 5500 and 6500 running watts. Weight-conscious users may find the Pulsar PGDA70BiSCO appealing, as it is one of the top contenders in this power range, weighing just 118 pounds.
  • Offering around 11 hours of running time on a full tank at 50% load, the Storm Responder is within the average autonomy range of similarly powerful generators. If prolonged run time is essential to your needs, you could consider the Predator 6500, which offers one of the highest autonomy among devices with similar power output, lasting around 14.5 hours.
  • Autonomy holds its importance, however, it is largely dependent on the generator’s fuel capacity and so, it is nonsensible to discuss it without mentioning fuel efficiency as well. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.68 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the A-iPower SUA7000L. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.36 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • CO Guard™ technology
  • GFCI Outlets
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No 50-amp output
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (210 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6,250 W
Starting watts8,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)52.1/26 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)70.8/35.4 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output and lifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank7.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight210 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28 x 27 x 28 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedExtension cord and wheel kit
UPC011675307288

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About Briggs & Stratton

Founded in 1908, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Briggs & Stratton is a well renowned American based gasoline engine manufacturer. While the company mainly focuses on engines – including outdoor, power tool, karting, cast iron and aluminum models, power generators are a crucial component of their portfolio as well – Briggs & Stratton provides both portable and standby solutions for casual users with full support, including installation. The company operates on a global scale, with 13 facilities spread across all the of the continents.

Warranty Information

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Briggs & Stratton generators, please consult Briggs & Stratton's warranty policies stated in the user manual (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Dish washer15003000
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Total4962 W6462 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Slow cooker270270
Bug zapper8080
Total4990 W5580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3980 W8480 W

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Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder
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  1. 4.65
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    My generator worked great the only time i had to use it. Now i was just trying to start it and the start pull cord broke.
    Not the rope but the rewind spring? I just need to order the casing and rewind compartment but can’t find anything just for parts. Is this so I need to contact a repair dealership. It’s only 3 bolts to repair>>>

    + PROS:
    • works great for the little I need it.
    - CONS:
    • Can't find or buy repair parts!
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  2. 4.5
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    Above expectations during the 2022 hurricane black out.Runing time was extended but the job was great for us without problems during the 5 days without power.We just moved to Florida and the Storm Responder was the only choose at short notice but seems was the right one .

    + PROS:
    • Good value for the money,reliable and solid built ,very good fuel consumption .
    - CONS:
    • Noisy, no electric start option. Not to much Watage output in order to run the house HVAC system but enough to run couple of fans 2 refrigerators the lights and garage door.
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  3. 1.5
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    Had for a year and never even put gas in it. A tropical storm came and I gassed it up in preparation. After only ten minutes or so running my camper at 20% load, it stopped providing power. The motor ran fine, but no juice and the display was cycling on and off. I took it to a certified Briggs and Stratton repair shop and they had to replace the circuit board. Usually it’s covered under warranty for the first year, but I was a month over. After part and labor, the bill was almost $600 for a generator I paid $800 for. I works fine now, but I have $1,400 in a generator that only performs at an $800 level.

    + PROS:
    • Strong generator and easy to start
    - CONS:
    • Parts are expensive
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  4. 4.75
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    Bought one a few years back and it has been good so far. Pretty much ran my whole house minus the AC ( i diddnt try). Theres 2 things i can complain about, 1. I went through a break in procedure of running it for 30 min , letting it cool off and changing the oil ( running royal purple break in oil) and the amount of metal that came out of the oil was pretty surprising. Im a gear head and have not seen many engines dump this much metal in the oil for the first 5 oil changes. It did clear up after about 5 oil changes and there seems to be no more flake now. 2. The noise, it is a loud generator, very loud. But it works well for me and seems to be of decent quality materials. Overall i am very pleased with this generator and would recommend it , just follow a break in procedure and it will last for years to come!

    + PROS:
    • Name brand you can get parts for, strong engine, nice features, easy to start and will run just about the whole house.
    - CONS:
    • Needs to be broken in properly , drinks gas
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  5. 0.5
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    Worse generator I’ve ever owned !!….. I bought two of these pieces of crap and both died within 20hrs of running…. Don’t waste a cent on this garbage !!!!

    + PROS:
    • Zero
    - CONS:
    • Piece of crap
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  6. 5
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    See the bottom pros and cons.

    + PROS:
    • Easiest generator I have ever started. Very efficient and easy to get on line to run your household. Low in maintenance. High on efficiency. GREAT GENERATOR.
    - CONS:
    • No electric start. This could be challenging for an elderly person to use and start. Other then this it's the generator to own.
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  7. 4.15
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    I purchased the 8500 Storm Responder today. We were ravaged by Hurricane Laura and will be without power for weeks. So was super happy to get it after 4 days of suffering. BUT I purchased it from L***s and they offered zero warranty. They said Briggs and Stratton will cover any issue. Well the Stat Station does not light up or give me any information.

    + PROS:
    • runs great...easy to crank..
    - CONS:
    • Pretty loud and the lcd screen is BLANK
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