Information supplied by Briggs & Stratton: please note information is intended as a guide, if you are unsure about any aspect of your generator then consult an expert.
- Use fresh petrol in your generator. If you do not plan to use your generator in 30 days, stabilize the petrol with fuel stabilizer.
- Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable, allow engine to cool at least 2 minutes before refueling.
- Maintain your generator according to the maintenance schedule for peak performance and safety.
- Coiled cords can get HOT, always uncoil cords and lay them in flat open locations.
Connect Your Generator To Your
Power Transfer System: Connect To Your home
your generator to your home using a Manual Power Tansfer Switch
not use your generator to its full potential, a
Power Transfer Switch is easily installed by a qualified
electrician, enabling you to have instant power in the event
of mains power failure. Both unit's are built to the highest
standards, incorporating the latest technology available
Question : I have bought a generator, and would like
to connect it to my house in case of mains failure. What
do I need to do?
: When using a generator as an alternative supply
to the mains, there are several precautions that must
- It is vital that the generator is completely isolated
from the mains supply. This ensures that the generator
is not attempting to power up the whole neighborhood,
but also ensures that it does not electrocute a utility
worker trying to restore the mains supply.
achieve this, a double-pole, break-before-make, changeover
switch must be installed by a qualified electrician.
The Briggs & Stratton manual transfer switch is
ideal for this application.
should be fitted between the electricity meter and the
building consumer unit. The switch connects the building
to either the mains supply or to a lead which can be
plugged into the generator.
buildings now have an RCD built into the consumer unit.
This is configured to operate from the mains supply
with an earthed neutral, and not from a generator with
a floating earth. To utilize this protection device,
it is necessary to modify the generator so that it is
configured in the same way as the mains supply.
is a simple modification for a qualified electrician,
involving adding a link wire from the neutral terminal
to the earth terminal. It is recommended to make this
connection in the plug that is to be used to connect
to the generator. This ensures that the generator is
unmodified when it is disconnected from the house, and
therefore remains safe.
plug should be labeled Do not connect to mains:
Neutral-Earth link fitted. The lead between the
generator and the transfer switch is not protected by
the RCD, it is therefore recommended to use a steel
armored cable for this connection. Finally a local low-impedance
earth spike needs to be installed