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Briggs & Stratton 40346 Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Pros
Price (6)
Features (5)
Easy To Use (5)
High Quality (5)
Quiet (4)
Cons
Absolutely No Cons (1)
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Mike, the Generator Expert
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Total Reviews
103 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
8918 Helpful Votes
Power Equipment Direct Recommended

Top 20kW Standby Generator

The Briggs & Stratton 40346 is an ideal generator for medium to large homes with 200-amp service and at least one central air conditioner.

The service disconnect automatic transfer switch features AC shedding, allowing you to manage two central ACís and run them both when the generator has enough available power. This will make your next hot summer power outage much more bearable.

Brand loyal consumers love the fact the 40346 comes equipped with a reliable Briggs & Stratton... more
Mike Recommends This Model
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Gary I.
Muscatine, IA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/26/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
JAN.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Briggs & Stratton 20kw Standby Generator System (200a Service Disconnect + Ac Shedding) Review
The installation was generally seamless. I was able to do much of the labor myself. I did have my HVAC contractor attach the NG regulator and line, and had a qualified licensed electrician complete the wiring.

Nice unit, I like the wireless monitor and the load shedding modules for the Symphony II system that B & S uses. The only question I have is why they feel it is necessary to run an exercise cycle for 20 minutes every week. I would think that 10 minutes every 2 or 4 weeks would... more
Pros: Price, High Quality, Features, I'd Buy It Again
Gary Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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William S.
Candor, NC
REVIEWED
NOV.
21
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Installed Sat. Nov 19,2016, Power Out On Monday 11/ 21/16
I would definitely recommend this to anyone, great product, excellent service, that is why I bought Briggs and Stratton.
What I'm saying is I purchased peace of mind and protection for my family and my home.
Pros: Price, Features, Easy To Use, High Quality, Quiet, I'd Buy It Again, Reliable
William Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Robert M.
Middlesex, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 1/6/16
REVIEWED
FEB.
25
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Excellent Product
My unit is new. I have not had the opportunity to use other than when we installed and ran test. It worked excellent powering entire house including heat pump. We started stove, heat, water heater and well pump. Unit did not appear to struggle any at all. Unit is set to operate once each week at 9:00 AM. It is much closer to house than portable unit I used in the past. Very little noise. It operates with less noise than I anticipated. So far I am well pleased with this purchase. I feel that we... more
Robert Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Robert,
Hello Robert!

Congrats on your new 20kW Generator! Hopefully since you installed this in February you've been able to experience an outage and how little it effects your daily life! It's a great thought knowing when the rest of the neighborhood goes dark you can still live uninterrupted.

Thanks so much for choosing us and we really appreciate your review and continued business!

Best Regards,

The Briggs & Stratton Standby Team
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Stanley F.
Baltimore, MD
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/28/16
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
AUG.
25
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Full House Power, And Relatively Quiet
After 30 years of using gasoline powered generators, we got a nice income tax refund. Decided to invest in a natural gas, whole house generator. Installation was easy and problem free. Weekly self test with InfoHub makes great sense. We said that the cost of a really nice vacation was the cost of the generator and labor to install it. With the first blackout, we are now on vacation and no need to hunt for gas or worry about picking which items that need to be powered up.

We are very... more
Stanley Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Stanley,
Thank you so much for your great review of our 20kW Standby Generator! We're happy to hear it's kept your home up and running through the latest outages. Having a standby generator is a little like a vacation - the less work you have to do the better! We hope you continue to enjoy daily life without the hassles of refilling and plugging in. Cheers!
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Jacob
Woodmere, NY
Total Reviews
8 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
239 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
10
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Generator. Very Good Value
I just bought and installed this Generator Myself and Installed it with an Electrician. Much of the installation is DIY, but You Need an Electrician to Run the Service Entrance Cable to the Transfer Switch First and then to the Fusebox Second. You definitely need an expert for that, because 240V at the service entrance can kill you.

The rest of the wiring is easy. I Bundled together Romex 4/3 with Ground, 12/3 with ground, and 18/5 sprinkler wire.T his generator has the well regarded... more
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Michael
Total Helpful Votes
64 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Briggs Vs Generac
First thing I want to say is, Don't DIY, GET A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN! I had 2 journeymen and 2 Electrician's in training, that makes four to pick up this heavy monster. The Generac is lighter and smaller size. The Geneac battery is very hard to install inside the unit compared to the Briggs. After they got in out of the trailer two men stayed and the other two finished the job. It took 4.5 hours and they do this for a living.

The Briggs runs smooth and very quite its putting out a very... more
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Monty H.
Mays Landing, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/19/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
28 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
25
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Value
Bought it in June just got it all hooked up with propane and electrically connected Aug 23. Beautiful piece of equipment, started right up and does all the auto tricks it is supposed to do and is relatively quiet. Did all the manual work myself mixed my own concrete for pad, mounted the transfer switch and dug trench and opened hole in the wall. Therefore I only had to pay for the electricians professional expertise. I found a SUPERB group of electricians called NOREASTERN ELECTRIC who did a... more
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Quiet, Price
Monty Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
Monty Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Best price around, excellent service and fast helpful delivery. Great to do business here."
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Richard T.
Forest Hill, MD
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 5/14/14
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
17
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quality And Value
I had been considering a whole house generator for sometime. Finally I decided to make the investment and started shopping in my local area to get information on what was involved in purchasing and installing a whole house generator. What an eye opening experience. After getting several prices on the generator, I looked on-line and found the P.E.D. website. I couldn't believe the difference in their price and my local retailers. I called the 800 number to get more information.

The Rep I... more
Pros: Price, Features, Easy To Use, High Quality
Richard Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Trent
Solomon, KS
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
22
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Briggs Vanguard Engines Are Amazing
The install went smooth, and everything worked perfectly! It started on the 2nd attempt (I'm sure there was a little air in the 1" gas line that I had to run about 13ft from my meter) It fired right up and the transfer switch switched over about 20 seconds later. I have a fairly large home, and it had no problem running everything. I put it thru a couple tests after it had run about 30 minutes. I turned on my Clothes dryer, 4 burners on the stove, a 3ton Central air unit, and of course... more
Pros: Price, Quiet, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Cons: Absolutely No Cons
Trent Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
Trent's Experience With Power Equipment Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I am very very happy with my purchase of the Briggs & Stratton 20kw Generator. It far exceeded my expectations. It arrived very fast from electric generators direct. I ordered it on Friday and it arrived the following Thursday, the truck driver was super nice."
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Rich A.
Ambler, PA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/12/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
18
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Follow Up
Best thing I ever bought!!! We got hit multiple times with power outages and for multiple days at a time and it kept the entire house running without a burp. Just back to order my yearly maintenance kit before this winter comes again. The feeling of security having something like this is worth every penny!!
Pros: Easy To Use, High Quality, Durable, Reliable
Rich Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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John C.
Newton, KS
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 4/8/15
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
05
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy With Installation
I had professional electricians do the installation and it was very straight forward. Have not needed it yet, but once a week it does a start-up and diagnostics with no problems.
John Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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John C.
Newton, KS
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 4/8/15
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
23 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
20
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Just What I Wanted
I had gotten by for years with a portable generator when we had power outages. With age creeping up, I decided that I didn't want to keep going thru the hassle of getting up in the middle of the night in the dark and fumbling around to get the generator hooked up and started.

The installation of the new unit was straight forward and my local electrician had no problems. It does its startup thing every Tuesday, so I know it will be ready when we have another power outage. The few questions I... more
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Lou J.
Millstone Township, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/20/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Peace Of Mind
Went thru power outages from Sandy and the snowstorm after her. Used a gasoline portable. Never again for that long. Decided to go all in and purchase this setup. So far so good. Tests perfect. Engines a beast (993cc) and runs strong and pretty quiet when the top is closed. Hasn't been battle tested yet but I feel confident it will get the job done. Got it on sale. Paid with a check for an additional discount. Got a maintenance kit thrown in to. Pretty happy with the purchase. Comes on a... more
Pros: Features, Quiet
Lou Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
Lou Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
4/5
"Still trying to get my purchase added to my account. E mailed them a couple of times. Still no luck."
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Edward B.
Bridgeton, NJ
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 6/18/13
REVIEWED
MAY.
29
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Get One Today
Works great, very happy with it. Gives you ease of mind when the weather is bad.
Edward Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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John H.
Brentwood, TN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/17/14
REVIEWED
NOV.
08
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Pleased With Product And Service
Got several bids for a backup generator - all between 8 and 10 thousand dollars - but because I was able to do a bit of coordination between electrical and gas plumbing, build my own pad, and buy my generator on line - I spent $6,000 for a better product.
John Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Emile T.
Marrero, LA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 7/22/13
REVIEWED
SEP.
03
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
20k Generator
Just Great!
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Exceeded Expectations, I'd Buy It Again
Emile Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
Emile Would Recommend Power Equipment Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Just great!"
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Michael
Ardmore, AL
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/29/12
REVIEWED
JAN.
10
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
The Ower Of The Generate
The Generate it self was a lot fun (smile) I though, but after putting it in place in the right location it is great.

On a scalw of 1 to 10 it's a 10. The very next day the power went out not for lone but lone eought for the generate to show what it could do and it made us so very happy.

I have told about ten people about it and they also seen to be looking at getting one
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1210
Harold
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 1/7/13
REVIEWED
FEB.
21
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Satisfied So Far
Satisfied so far. Friends and neighbors like to listen on cycle day. This is all the running as yet, seems to prevent power failures. Will update when we have a real power failure.
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89
Rich
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/12/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
01
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good!!
I've had it installed for about a month now and it fires up every Tuesday and does a self test. Of course once I got it the power has stayed on ever since.

The unit looks great, is quiet enough and seems to run well on Natural Gas. I will follow up with another review once it gets a real test.
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Tom
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 11/30/12
REVIEWED
DEC.
29
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Tom On Cape Cod
Generator is quiet and blends in to the outside.
The only thing I don't care for is the fact that the gas valve is on the outside of the cabinet exposed to the weather. Unit runs good.
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