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Briggs & Stratton 30737 Spec Review

The Briggs & Stratton 30737 is an open frame portable generator with a rated wattage of 5000 W and a starting wattage of 6250 W.

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  • $726.53 - September 21, 2020
  • $705.99 - August 29, 2020
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  • $699.00 - August 25, 2020
  • $705.99 - August 25, 2020
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Since: August 25, 2020
  • Highest Price: $726.53 - September 21, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $699.00 - August 25, 2020

Description

Designed to keep delivering power for home essentials or home improvement projects.

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In summary, the Briggs & Stratton 30737 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in sporting competitions, open-air performances and outdoor festivals
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton 30737's engine, 389 cc Briggs & Stratton PowerBuilt™ OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 5000W and reaches a peak wattage of 6250W.

The generator features a conventional pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to a fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons, the 30737 can operate for around 12 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.63 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 7 AC outlets:

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

Since the 30737 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

The design of the Briggs & Stratton 30737 is a typical, open frame, with the dimensions of L29 x W26 x H27 in, offering support and stability and enabling the possibility of raising it above ground level. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Since the generator weighs 184 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Nevertheless, it can still be moved quite conveniently with the help of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, once it is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton 30737

The 30737's control panel

Monitoring of the 30737'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 generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

The 30737 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. It’s a welcomed additional security feature, but don’t forget to always take your generator outside (opens in a new tab).

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Briggs & Stratton also included some oil in the 30737's packaging.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton 30737 is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

However, it features a spark arrestor, so it is adequate for use in forested areas.

The Briggs & Stratton 30737 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton 30737 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • Having a dry weight of 184 lbs, the Briggs & Stratton 30737 belongs in the expected weight range for generators which produce 4500 to 5500 rated watts. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Westinghouse WGen5300v, with a dry weight of only 107 lbs.
  • The 30737 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 12 hours at 50% load. Furthermore, considering the run times, one of the generators which have a roughly same power output, with the highest autonomy, is the Cat RP5500, as it provides around 15 hours.
  • While the run time is an important parameter, it is dependent on the fuel tank’s capacity and thus, doesn’t say much on its own unless we consider fuel consumption as well. This generator is not fuel efficient compared to devices of similar output: its estimated fuel consumption stands at 0.63 GPH at a 50% load. If not satisfied with the afore-mentioned fuel consumption, you may wish to check out the Westinghouse WGen5300v. With a fuel consumption of as little as 0.35 GPH, it is one of the most efficient generators currently on the market.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton 30737 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • CO Guard™ technology
  • GFCI Outlets
  • High run time
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (184 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No EPA or CARB compliance
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Briggs & Stratton 30737 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Briggs & Stratton PowerBuilt™ OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5000 W
Starting watts6250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)52.1/26 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadN/A
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x 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
Weight184 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)29 x 26 x 27 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedOil
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 30737 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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total3992 W4992 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Toaster oven800800
Mixer200200
Total3990 W4580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3530 W6230 W

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