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Briggs & Stratton 30710 Spec Review

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The Briggs & Stratton 30710 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 6500 W and a starting wattage of 8125 W.

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Description

Be ready for anything with this powerful and easy to move generator. (source: Briggs & Stratton)

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In summary, the Briggs & Stratton 30710 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • Food truck owners and participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • Professionals who want to ensure that a power failure will not prevent them from working

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

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton 30710's core is the 420 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120/240V, it provides a running wattage of 6500W and a peak wattage of 8125W.

This generator gets running thanks to a conventional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons, the 30710 may run for around 10.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.71 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel features the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

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

Due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the 30710 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

With its dimensions of L28 x W27 x H28 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Briggs & Stratton 30710 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

While the generator is considered to be technically 'portable' (in the sense that you can move it), manually lifting and transporting it may be challenging, due to its high weight of 196 lbs. Still, once it is on the ground, a wheel kit (⌀10") and a folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton 30710

The 30710's control panel

Monitoring of the 30710's status and activity is made possible by a digital data center, which provides information on the lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker).

Regarding its accessories, besides the aforementioned features, the Briggs & Stratton 30710's box includes the typical documentation and a user manual, letting you start it right off the bat.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton 30710 is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

However, it features a spark arrestor and therefore, can be used in forested areas.

The Briggs & Stratton 30710 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton 30710 compare to generators of similar power (between 6000 and 7000 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 196 lbs, the Briggs & Stratton 30710 belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 6000 to 7000 rated watts. If you are concerned by weight, one of the champions in the above mentioned power range is the Lifan LF7250, with a dry weight of just 140 pounds.
  • As for its autonomy, the 30710, with an autonomy of around 10.5 hours at a 50% load, is placed on the low end among the generators of its kind. If concerned with autonomy, one of the products of a comparable power output, which offers the highest run time, is the Generac XC6500, boasting with around 14 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. This generator is somewhat less fuel efficient than devices of comparable output: its estimated fuel consumption reaches 0.71 GPH at a 50% load. If you are concerned with gasoline efficiency, having a fuel consumption of just 0.38 GPH, the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI is a device you should look out for.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • The Briggs & Stratton 30710 doesn't have any specs that exceed those of other generators of its class.
  • AVERAGE SPECS:
    • Decent weight (196 lbs)
    WEAKNESSES:
    • No electric start
    • No EPA or CARB compliance
    • Relatively low run time
    • Low fuel efficiency

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    Features and Specifications

    General

    InverterNo
    PortableYes
    Parallel capableNo
    RV readyNo
    FuelGasoline
    Engine420 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
    Starting systemRecoil

    Power

    VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
    Running watts6500 W
    Starting watts8125 W
    Running amps (@120/240V)54.2/27.1 amps
    Peaks amps (@120/240V)67.7/33.9 amps
    Run time @50% load10.5 h
    Run time @25% loadN/A

    Features

    GFCI outletsYes
    Covered outletsYes
    Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
    AC outlets2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
    1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
    1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
    DC outletsNo
    Data centerLifetime run hours
    IndicatorsNo
    Fuel tankMetal, 7.5 gal
    Fuel gaugeYes

    Misc

    Weight196 lbs
    Dimensions (L x W x H)28 x 27 x 28 in
    Noise (lower limit)N/A
    THDN/A
    EmissionsN/A
    SecurityLow oil and overload protection
    Spark arrestorYes
    NeutralBonded to frame
    Accessories includedNo
    Warranty2 years

    Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

    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 30710 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

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