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Briggs & Stratton 30737 - 5000/6250W Portable Generator

The Briggs & Stratton 30737 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5,000 W and a starting wattage of 6,250 W. (Read full specs)

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Description

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In a few words, the Briggs & Stratton 30737 is a portable generator perfectly suited for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • Occasional participants of outdoor events, competitions, concerts and festivals
  • Food truck owners who do not wish to see their business interrupted under any circumstances
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment

Over the following sections, you'll uncover its power characteristics, the selection of outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the supplementary features it includes.

Power & Run Time

With a 389 cc Briggs & Stratton PowerBuilt™ OHV 4-stroke engine, the Briggs & Stratton 30737 operates on gasoline, providing 120/240V, with a running wattage of 5,000W and a starting wattage of 6,250W.

This generator is equipped with a traditional recoil pull-start mechanism.

Thanks to its 7.5 gallons fuel tank, the 30737 can run continuously for around 12 hours at 50% load on a full tank (with an average fuel consumption of approximately 0.63 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 7 AC outlets:

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

As the 30737 holds a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: you'll easily be able to connect it to your breaker box to power your home during a power outage.

Portability

Measuring L29 x W26 x H27 in, the classic open frame construction of the Briggs & Stratton 30737 provides stability while enabling convenient maintenance access to components and adequate air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

As the generator's weight is 184 pounds, manually moving it or transporting it may be challenging, despite the fact that it is technically considered 'portable' (movable). However, the constrained maneuverability is addressed with the assistance of its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, allowing for easy shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton 30737

The 30737's control panel

Designed with a digital data center, the control panel of the 30737 grants you access to crucial data on the lifetime run hours, ensuring practical monitoring of its status and activity.

Featuring a built-in fuel gauge, the generator offers quick, convenient, and easy gas level checks at a glance.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

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.

Alongside the typical set of documentation and the user manual to assist with setup, Briggs & Stratton has included accessory] in the packaging of the 30737.

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).

  • A weight of 184 lbs makes the Briggs & Stratton 30737 one of the heavier devices in the 4500-5500 rated wattage range. If you are mindful of weight, the Champion 201238 is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 101.4 pounds.
  • The 30737 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 12 hours at 50% load. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the NorthStar c5500 shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling around 15.1 hours.
  • Run time is a key metric, but it's dependent on the generator's fuel capacity. Therefore, discussing fuel efficiency is necessary to get the full picture. When it comes to fuel efficiency among generators with similar wattage, this generator lags behind, with a consumption rate of 0.63 GPH at a 50% load. If you wish to further improve in the area of fuel efficiency, the WEN GN5602X, which boasts with a gas consumption of only 0.35 GPH, may be the right generator for you.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 4500-5500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton 30737 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
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • On the heavy side (184 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine389 cc Briggs & Stratton PowerBuilt™ OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Warranty2 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts5,000 W
Starting watts6,250 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)52.1/26 amps
Run time @50% load12 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
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
ComplianceN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection, CO monitoring
Spark arrestorYes
Accessories includedOil and wheel kit
UPC011675307370

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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 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 size calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
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
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3530 W6230 W

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