Briggs & Stratton Portable Generator EXL8000, Model 030244

by Virginia
(Key West, FL, USA)

The Briggs & Stratton EXL8000 Model #030440

The Briggs & Stratton EXL8000 Model #030440

After living with no power as a result of the busy hurricane seasons on the tropical island where I reside, I decided to purchase a portable generator to make life more comfortable for myself, a woman living alone.

The first one I purchased in 2004 was fine until Hurricane Wilma flooded it with just a few inches of water because it was sitting on the ground. That's when I realized that keeping the generator on the ground was not a good idea, so I had a concrete stand built for the new Briggs & Stratton generator.

This one has a receptacle that I can use for my large wall-unit air conditioner that makes power-less life bearable in the heat of the months when hurricanes usually knock out the power.

It also has a receptacle for my refrigerator, which means I don't have to cook everything in it before a storm arrives so food doesn't spoil. AND I can have cool drinks while waiting for the power to be restored!

When I purchased this generator, I told the contractor I had no knowledge of them or how to use them and needed something simple to operate, with no ropes to pull. It has a push-button starter, but also a recoil starter if need be.

This generator seems to fill the bill for people like me. It has a seven-gallon fuel capacity and circuit breakers so there's no electrical overload. My only complaint, and it's not really a complaint, is that the battery charger it comes with has to be used in a dry inside location, which is not available to me.

The charger is supposed to be plugged in and connected all the while the machine is not in use. However because my generator is of necessity, outdoors and covered with plastic when not in use, I have to start it every week or two and let it run for about a half hour in order to keep the battery charged.

Other than this inconvenience, it is a good machine and I would recommend it to anyone who is in need of a reliable generator.

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Aug 19, 2014
Oh goody someone else makes a batt. NEW
by: Anonymous

I bent the lip on my assy as well. It is the only why to get it out without a total disassembly.I am sure the battery is installed during the main assembly. B&S did little design thought into replacing it.

I looked all over 4 years ago to replace mine. I got an Interstate battery that was close but would have shorted out the terminals. I had to buy one from the only source for an original replacement. That battery is now 5 years old and working great and is always on the trickle charger.

Aug 18, 2014
Battery replacement NEW
by: Anonymous

Bought this from Home Depot back in 2008 and it has run great whenever I needed it. Battery finally went dead and it was hard to remove from battery box, (bent lip down and pried it out), but got a perfect size replacement from Interstate dealer and electric start works perfect again.

May 07, 2014
Gel Cell Battery NEW
by: Notinthedark

I have some experience with Gel Cell Batteries. Mostly from marine motor-yacht use. These batteries are totally sealed. No explosive vapors. Which is a good thing considering this battery is located over the engine and below the fuel tank.

This type of battery likes a constant trickle charge. It will not overcharge with the 110V wall voltage reducer plug that comes with it. Even if the voltage regulator fails.

I feel my original battery was bad. No issues with the replacement for 4 years. Always plugged-in. Starts right up every 3 to 4 months to keep the engine lubed.

Overall, still a good machine!

May 07, 2014
Never a problem with mine NEW
by: Garth

Purchased it from Home Depot, have had it 6 years now. Changed oil and filter after the first 5 hours or so to remove break in metal in oil and adjusted valve lash (they were too tight). Oil changed every spring. Battery charger should not be plugged in all the time as it doesn't regulate charge. Just plug it in for a few hours every 6 months or so to prevent overcharging and battery failure. Built a three sided wood "doghouse" to keep weather off of it and dampen some of the noise.

Aside from being kinda noisy it has been excellent. I think it has just over 100 trouble free hours on it.

If I were to re-design it, putting all the controls and switches on one panel would simplify operation.

Apr 18, 2014
Beastly Generator NEW
by: Notinthedark

I have an 1800 sq ranch with an in-law apartment also central air. I am not using a transfer switch but do have a direct cutoff to the main line. So it is a direct back-feed system. Neither can be engaged at the same time.

This generator runs everything. 2 fridges etc.

My battery died after 2 years even-though it was always plugged in for recharging. Replacing the battery was a nightmare. Only one company can supply you with a new one that fits and replacing it it a horror. Bad design. No local shop wants to touch it.

Other than the battery, this is a kick butt generator. It is heavy and not easily transported to sites.




Mar 01, 2013
FUEL VALVE
by: PORT ISABEL TX

ITS BEEN 2 YEARS C.MATTHEWS,BUT.....I FOUND A FUEL VALVE JUST UNDER $6.00 FROM EREPLACEMENT.COM YOU REMOVE THE GAS TANK AND SCREW ER IN.THEY HAVE JUST ABOUT ANY PART FOR ANYTHING.NO I DONT WORK THERE I JUST KNOW HOW FLUSTRATING IT CAN BE TO FIND PARTS AT A FAIR PRICE.MAYBE THIS WILL HELP YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE WITH ANY KIND OF GENERATOR ECT.I GAVE IT 4 STARS BECAUSE THE BATTERY WENT DEAD AFTER 3-4 YEARS.TAKE THE ADVICE OF AN OTHER REVIER AND DISCONNECT THE BATTERY WHEN NOT IN USE CAUSE IM NOT SURE ABOUT THE BATTERY CHARGER.OTHERWISE ITS GOOD TO HAVE FOR POWER OUTAGE.I DO HAVE A SWITCH OVER BOX FOR THE ELECTRIC.YES IT DOES RUN MY 2 STANDBY AIR CONDITIONERS AND ALL LIGHTS T.V. COMPUTER AND EVERYTHING BUT CENTRAL AIR.

Mar 01, 2013
FUEL VALVE
by: KERK

ITS BEEN 2 YEARS C.MATTHEWS,BUT.....I FOUND A FUEL VALVE JUST UNDER $6.00 FROM EREPLACEMENT.COM YOU REMOVE THE GAS TANK AND SCREW ER IN.THEY HAVE JUST ABOUT ANY PART FOR ANYTHING.NO I DONT WORK THERE I JUST KNOW HOW FLUSTRATING IT CAN BE TO FIND PARTS AT FAIR PRICE.MAYBE THIS WILL HELP YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE WITH ANY KIND OF GENERATOR ECT.

Nov 11, 2011
Virginia
by: Anonymous

Virginia, go to your local hardware (Ace) and buy some quick set 2 part epoxy, and a small cheap paint brush. Mix enough epoxy to pait the charger unit, paying special attention to where the cords come in and out of the charger. You will NOT damage the charger, and it will be quite safe for use outside.

Do NOT allow either of the cords to touch the ground, especially the AC end and plug. The battery in your unit is a GelCell type, and requires a constant voltage charger.

Do NOT allow the battery to discharge while in storage.

Nov 11, 2011
Suggestion for "Failed Generator" Sept. 2011
by: Anonymous

Make sure that the "Breaker" switch is in the "ON" postition. I've made this mistake several times. This switch is located on the power outlet panel. The switch also MAY be defective. The switches and valves on this unit are too scattered to remember where they all are, if you only use the unit occasionally.

Sep 01, 2011
Failed Generator
by: Anonymous

Purchased an EXL8000 and a 4 year waranty at Home Depot. After careful maintenance for 3 years engine runs fine but it doesn't generate power. Home Depot cannot locate anyone in central Virgina to honor the waranty.

Sep 01, 2011
FUEL
by: Anonymous

FUEL CUT OFF valve DOES COME OFF PART#310573GS

Aug 26, 2011
BATTERY ADVICE
by: Anonymous

Virginia,

Just unhook the battery cable when the generator is not in use, and your battery should run just fine when needed. You may have to hook it up to the charger (or run it in your case) once every 6 months or so) I kept mine unhooked the two years I had it in Guam, and hooked it up to run it before i left, and it fired right up.

Apr 30, 2011
Fuel Tank Wanted
by: charles grissom

I have a model 030244 Generac EXL 8000 watt all I need is a fuel tank This is the last time looking. Seem's there is no such thing. If I don't find one I will build one.

I would order one if I can find one I would rather have a plastic one because the medal ones rust out, due to the way the filler cap is made all water wants to collect around the cap.

If anyone has one of the rare tanks let me know. Otherwise I have a 55 gallon plastic barrell that will make a good one.

Thanks,

Charles Grissom 1-870-368-4928

Aug 10, 2010
exl8000
by: Anonymous

I purchase a Briggs and Statton exl8000 gen 2 years ago. It has 1.2 hours and runs for a few minutes and quits. Starts back up and quite again after a about a minute or so. Not happy with this purchase.

Jul 09, 2010
Intergrated Parts
by: C.Matthews

I have had my B & S EXL 8000, mod 030244 for 2 years but only have .03 hour on it. I finally needed it again last night and when I turned on the Fuel Valve ON/OFF switch it broke off in my hand. Checking on the parts site and found out the gas tank is over $200 and the valve is attached to the tank from the inside.I thought I could just buy the fuel valve and install it,DUH, I don't think so. It comes with the gas tank.
Any one want to buy a "new" generator???

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