Briggs & Stratton 206494GS User Manual

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Portable Generator

Operator’s Manual

This generator is rated in accordance with CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standard C22.2 No. 100-04(motors and generators).

BRIGGS & STRATTON POWER PRODUCTS GROUP, LLC

JEFFERSON, WISCONSIN, U.S.A.

Manual No. 206494GS Revision - (02/04/2008)

Thank you for purchasing thisquality-builtBriggs & Stratton generator. We are pleased that you’ve placed your confidence in the Briggs & Stratton brand. When operated and maintained according to the instructions in this manual, your Briggs & Stratton generator will provide many years of dependable service.

This manual contains safety information to make you aware of the hazards and risks associated with generators and how to avoid them. This generator is designed and intended only for supplying electrical power for operating compatible electrical lighting, appliances, tools and motor loads, and is not intended for any other purpose. It is important that you read and understand these instructions thoroughly before attempting to start or operate this equipment.Save these instructions for future reference.

This generator requires final assembly before use. Refer to the Assembly section of this manual for instructions on final assembly procedures. Follow the instructions completely.

Where to Find Us

You never have to look far to find Briggs & Stratton support and service for your generator. Consult your Yellow Pages. There are over 30,000 Briggs & Stratton authorized service dealers worldwide who provide quality service. You can also contact Briggs & Stratton Customer Service by phone at (800) 743-4115,or on the Internet at BRIGGSandSTRATTON.COM.

Generator

Model Number

Revision

Serial Number

Engine

Model Number

Type Number

Code Number

Date Purchased

Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC

900 North Parkway

Jefferson, WI 53549

Copyright © 2008 Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this material may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC.

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Table of Contents

Operator Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Equipment Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Safety Rules. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Unpack Generator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Shipment Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Install Wheel Kit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Verify Engine Oil Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Add Fuel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 System Ground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Connecting to a Building’s Electrical System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Generator Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Features and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Cord Sets and Receptacles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Starting the Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Connecting Electrical Loads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Stopping the Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Don’t Overload Generator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Generator Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Engine Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Warranties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Emissions Control System Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Generator Owner Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Product Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Common Service Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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Operator Safety

Equipment Description

Read this manual carefully and become familiar with your generator. Know its applications, its limitations and any hazards involved.

The generator is an engine–driven,revolving field, alternating current (AC) generator. It was designed to supply electrical power for operating compatible electrical lighting, appliances, tools and motor loads. The generator’s revolving field is driven at about 3,600 rpm by asingle-cylinderengine.

NOTICE

Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.

DO NOT exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. See

Don’t Overload Generator in the Operationsection.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this manual is both accurate and current. However, the manufacturer reserves the right to change, alter or otherwise improve the generator and this documentation at any time without prior notice.

The Emission Control System for this generator is warranted for standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board.

Safety Rules

This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to potential personal injury hazards. Obey all safety messages that follow this symbol to avoid possible injury or death.

The safety alert symbol () is used with a signal word (DANGER,WARNING, CAUTION), a pictorial and/or a safety message to alert you to hazards.DANGER indicates a hazard which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.WARNING indicates a hazard which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.CAUTION indicates a hazard which, if not avoided, might result in minor or moderate injury.NOTICE indicates a situation that could result in equipment damage. Follow safety messages to avoid or reduce the risk of injury or death.

The manufacturer cannot possibly anticipate every possible circumstance that might involve a hazard. The warnings in this manual, and the tags and decals affixed to the unit are, therefore, not all-inclusive.If you use a procedure, work method or operating technique that the manufacturer does not specifically recommend, you must satisfy yourself that it is safe for you and others. You must also make sure that the procedure, work method or operating technique that you choose does not render the generator unsafe.

Hazard Symbols and Meanings

A B C

D E F

G

H

J

 

 

 

A - Explosion

F - Hot Surface

 

B - Fire

G - Flying Objects

 

C - Electric Shock

H - Moving Parts

 

D - Toxic Fumes

J - Read Manual

 

E - Kickback

 

 

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WARNING

Running engine gives off carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, poison gas.

Breathing carbon monoxide can cause headache, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, confusion, seizures, nausea, fainting or death.

Operate generator ONLY outdoors.

Install a battery operated carbon monoxide alarm near the bedrooms.

Keep exhaust gas from entering a confined area through windows, doors, ventilation intakes, or other openings.

DO NOT start or run engine indoors or in an enclosed area, (even if windows and doors are open), including the generator compartment of a recreational vehicle (RV).

WARNING

The engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

WARNING

Starter cord kickback (rapid retraction) can result in bodily injury. Kickback will pull hand and arm toward engine faster than you can let go.

Broken bones, fractures, bruises, or sprains could result.

When starting engine, pull cord slowly until resistance is felt and then pull rapidly to avoid kickback.

NEVER start or stop engine with electrical devices plugged in and turned on.

WARNING

Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive.

Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or death.

WHEN ADDING OR DRAINING FUEL

Turn generator OFF and let it cool at least 2 minutes before removing fuel cap. Loosen cap slowly to relieve pressure in tank.

Fill or drain fuel tank outdoors.

DO NOT overfill tank. Allow space for fuel expansion.

If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine.

Keep fuel away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and other ignition sources.

DO NOT light a cigarette or smoke.

WHEN STARTING EQUIPMENT

Ensure spark plug, muffler, fuel cap, and air cleaner are in place.

DO NOT crank engine with spark plug removed.

WHEN OPERATING EQUIPMENT

DO NOT tip engine or equipment at angle which causes fuel to spill.

This generator is not for use in mobile equipment or marine applications.

WHEN TRANSPORTING OR REPAIRING EQUIPMENT

Transport/repair with fuel tank EMPTY or with fuel shutoff valve OFF.

Disconnect spark plug wire.

WHEN STORING FUEL OR EQUIPMENT WITH FUEL IN TANK

Store away from furnaces, stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, or other appliances that have pilot light or other ignition source because they can ignite fuel vapors.

WARNING

This generator does not meet U. S. Coast Guard Regulation 33CFR-183and should not be used on marine applications.

Failure to use the appropriate U. S. Coast Guard approved generator could result in death or serious injury and/or property damage.

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WARNING

Generator produces hazardous voltage.

Failure to isolate generator from power utility can result in death or injury to electric utility workers due to backfeed of electrical energy.

When using generator for backup power, notify utility company. Use approved transfer equipment to isolate generator from electric utility.

Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or highly conductive area, such as metal decking or steel work.

DO NOT touch bare wires or receptacles.

DO NOT use generator with electrical cords which are worn, frayed, bare or otherwise damaged.

DO NOT operate generator in the rain or wet weather.

DO NOT handle generator or electrical cords while standing in water, while barefoot, or while hands or feet are wet.

DO NOT allow unqualified persons or children to operate or service generator.

WARNING

Contact with muffler area can result in serious burns.

Exhaust heat/gases can ignite combustibles, structures or damage fuel tank causing a fire.

DO NOT touch hot parts and AVOID hot exhaust gases.

Allow equipment to cool before touching.

Keep at least 5 feet (1.5 m) of clearance on all sides of generator including overhead.

Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Title 36 Parks, Forests, and Public Property require equipment powered by an internal combustion engine to have a spark arrester, maintained in effective working order, complying to USDA Forest service standard 5100-1Cor later revision. In the State of California a spark arrester is required under section 4442 of the California Public resources code. Other states may have similar laws.

WARNING

Starter and other rotating parts can entangle hands, hair, clothing, or accessories.

NEVER operate generator without protective housing or covers.

DO NOT wear loose clothing, jewelry or anything that may be caught in the starter or other rotating parts.

Tie up long hair and remove jewelry.

WARNING

Unintentional sparking can result in fire or electric shock.

WHEN ADJUSTING OR MAKING REPAIRS TO YOUR GENERATOR

Disconnect the spark plug wire from the spark plug and place the wire where it cannot contact spark plug.

WHEN TESTING FOR ENGINE SPARK

Use approved spark plug tester.

DO NOT check for spark with spark plug removed.

CAUTION

Excessively high operating speeds increase risk of injury and damage to generator.

Excessively low speeds impose a heavy load.

DO NOT tamper with governed speed. Generator supplies correct rated frequency and voltage when running at governed speed.

DO NOT modify generator in any way.

NOTICE

Exceeding generators wattage/amperage capacity can damage generator and/or electrical devices connected to it.

DO NOT exceed the generator’s wattage/amperage capacity. See

Don’t Overload Generator in the Operationsection.

Start generator and let engine stabilize before connecting electrical loads.

Connect electrical loads in OFF position, then turn ON for operation.

Turn electrical loads OFF and disconnect from generator before stopping generator.

NOTICE

Improper treatment of generator can damage it and shorten its life.

Use generator only for intended uses.

If you have questions about intended use, ask dealer or contact local service center.

Operate generator only on level surfaces.

DO NOT expose generator to excessive moisture, dust, dirt, or corrosive vapors.

DO NOT insert any objects through cooling slots.

If connected devices overheat, turn them off and disconnect them from generator.

Shut off generator if:

-electricaloutput is lost;

-equipmentsparks, smokes, or emits flames;-unitvibrates excessively.

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Assembly

Your generator requires some assembly and is ready for use after it has been properly the recommended oil and fuel.

If you have any problems with

assembly of your generator,

please call the generator helpline

800-743-4115. If calling

for assistance, please have the

revision, and serial

number from the identification

available. See Generator

Controls and Features for identification label location.

Unpack Generator

1.

Set the carton on a rigid,

surface.

2.

Remove everything from

except generator.

3.Open carton completely by cutting each corner from top to bottom.

4. Leave generator on carton

wheel kit.

Shipment Contents

The generator is supplied with:

Operator’s manual

Wheel kit

Product registration card

Install Wheel Kit

NOTE: Wheel kit is not intended

You will need the following tools components:

13 mm wrench

Socket wrench with a 13

Pliers

Safety glasses

Install the wheel kit as follows:

over-the-roaduse. install these

socket

1.

Tip generator so that

is up.

2.

Slide axle (A) through both

brackets.

B

A

F

A

 

 

B

 

G

3.Place a wheel (B) on each side as shown below.

4.Place a washer (C) on axle and then place ane-ring(D) in axle groove.

CAUTION

E-ringscan cause eye injury.

E-ringscan spring back and become airborne when installing or removing.

Always wear eye protection when installing/removing e-rings.

5.Install e-ringwith pliers, squeezing from top ofe-ringto bottom of axle.

6.Repeat steps 4 and 5 to secure second wheel.

7.Tip generator so that engine side is down.

8.Line up holes in support leg (E) with holes in generator frame.

9.Attach support leg using two short capscrews (M8 x 16 mm) (F) and two locking hex nuts (G). Tighten with a 13 mm socket and wrench.

10.Return generator to normal operating position (resting on wheels and support leg).

Verify Engine Oil Level

The generator engine is shipped from the factory filled with oil (API SJ or higher 10W-30).This allows for generator operation in the widest range of temperature and climate conditions. Before starting the engine, check oil level and ensure that engine is serviced as described inMaintenance.

NOTE: SeeOil in theMaintenance section to review oil recomendations. Verify provided oil in engine is the correct viscosity for current ambient temperature.

NOTICE

Any attempt to crank or start the engine before it has been properly filled with the recommended oil will result in equipment failure.

Refer to Maintenance for oil fill information.

Damage to equipment resulting from failure to follow this instruction will void warranty.

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Add Fuel

Fuel must meet these requirements:

Clean, fresh, unleaded gasoline.

A minimum of 87 octane/87 AKI (91 RON). High altitude use, see High Altitude.

NOTICE

Avoid generator damage.

Failure to follow Operator’s Manual for fuel recommendations voids warranty.

DO NOT use unapproved gasoline such as E85.

DO NOT mix oil in gasoline.

DO NOT modify engine to run on alternate fuels.

To protect the fuel system from gum formation, mix in a fuel stabilizer when adding fuel. See Storage. All fuel is not the same. If you experience starting or performance problems after using fuel, switch to a different fuel provider or change brands. This engine is certified to operate on gasoline. The emission control system for this engine is EM (Engine Modifications).

WARNING

Fuel and its vapors are extremely flammable and explosive.

Fire or explosion can cause severe burns or death.

WHEN ADDING FUEL

Turn generator OFF and let it cool at least 2 minutes before removing fuel cap. Loosen cap slowly to relieve pressure in tank.

Fill fuel tank outdoors.

DO NOT overfill tank. Allow space for fuel expansion.

If fuel spills, wait until it evaporates before starting engine.

Keep fuel away from sparks, open flames, pilot lights, heat, and other ignition sources.

DO NOT light a cigarette or smoke.

1.

Clean area around fuel

cap, remove cap.

2.

Slowly add unleaded gasoline (A) to fuel tank (B). Be

 

careful not to fill above

baffle (C). This allows

 

adequate space for

expansion as shown.

 

B

C

A

 

3.Install fuel cap and let any spilled fuel evaporate before starting engine.

High Altitude

At altitudes over 5,000 feet (1524 meters), a minimum 85 octane / 85 AKI (89 RON) gasoline is acceptable. To remain emissions compliant, high altitude adjustment is required. Operation without this adjustment will cause decreased performance, increased fuel consumption, and increased emissions. See a Briggs & Stratton Authorized

Dealer for high altitude adjustment information. Operation of the engine at altitudes below 2,500 feet (762 meters) with the high altitude kit is not recommended.

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System Ground

The generator has a system ground that connects the generator frame components to the ground terminals on the AC output receptacles. The system ground is connected to the AC neutral wire (the neutral is bonded to the generator frame).

Special Requirements

There may be Federal or State Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, local codes, or ordinances that apply to the intended use of the generator. Please consult a qualified electrician, electrical inspector, or the local agency having jurisdiction:

In some areas, generators are required to be registered with local utility companies.

If the generator is used at a construction site, there may be additional regulations which must be observed.

Connecting to a Building’s Electrical System

Connections for standby power to a building’s electrical system must be made by a qualified electrician. The connection must isolate the generator power from utility power or other alternative power sources and must comply with all applicable laws and electrical codes.

WARNING

Generator produces hazardous voltage.

Failure to isolate generator from power utility can result in death or injury to electric utility workers due to backfeed of electrical energy.

When using generator for backup power, notify utility company. Use approved transfer equipment to isolate generator from electric utility.

Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) in any damp or highly conductive area, such as metal decking or steel work.

DO NOT touch bare wires or receptacles.

DO NOT use generator with electrical cords which are worn, frayed, bare or otherwise damaged.

DO NOT operate generator in the rain or wet weather.

DO NOT handle generator or electrical cords while standing in water, while barefoot, or while hands or feet are wet.

DO NOT allow unqualified persons or children to operate or service generator.

Generator Location

Clearances and Air Movement

WARNING

Exhaust heat/gases can ignite combustibles, structures or damage fuel tank causing a fire.

Keep at least 5 ft. (1.5 m) clearance on all sides of generator including overhead.

Place generator outdoors in an area that will not accumulate deadly exhaust gas. DO NOT place generator where exhaust gas (A) could accumulate and enter inside or be drawn into a potentially occupied building. Ensure exhaust gas is kept away from any windows, doors, ventilation intakes, or other openings that can allow exhaust gas to collect in a confined area. Prevailing winds and air currents should be taken into consideration when positioning generator.

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Features and Controls

Read this Operator’s Manual and safety rules before operating your generator.

Compare the illustrations with your generator, to familiarize yourself with the locations of various controls and adjustments. Save this manual for future reference.

R

A

P

N

J

G

AArrester Muffler — Exhaust muffler lowers engineH - Grounding Fastener — If required, please consult a

and is equipped with a spark arrester screen.

BVolt AC, 20 Amp Duplex Receptacle — May be to supply electrical power for the operation of

Volt AC, 20 Amp, single phase, 60 Hz electrical appliance, tool and motor loads.

qualified electrician, electrical inspector, or local agency having jurisdiction.

J - Engine Identification — Provides model, type and code of engine. Please have these readily available if calling for assistance.

CVolt AC, 30 Amp Locking Receptacle — May K - Air Cleaner— Protects engine by filtering dust and

to supply electrical power for the operation of and/or 240 Volt AC, 30 Amp, single phase, 60 Hz

lighting, appliance, tool and motor loads.

D Fill Cap/Dipstick — Check and add engine oil here.

EDrain Plug — Drain engine oil here.

F

Pole Circuit Breaker (AC) — A double pole

 

breaker is provided to protect all the receptacles

 

generator against electrical overload.

G - Identification Label – Provides model, revision and serial number of generator. Please have these readily available if calling for assistance.

debris out of intake air.

L - Choke Lever — Used when starting a cold engine.M - Recoil Starter — Used to start the engine.

N - Engine Rocker Switch — Set this switch to “On” before using recoil starter. Set switch to “Off” to stop engine.

P - Fuel Valve — Used to turn fuel supply on and off to engine.

R - Fuel Tank — Capacity of five (5) U.S. gallons (18.9 L).

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