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​​​​Powermate PM0497008 Review

Last updated September, 2018

​7.9

Editor's
Score

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​​​​6
​Portability

​​9.5
​Power

​​​​​​​​​6.5
​Noise

​​​​​9.5
​Efficiency

​​For long Powermate has designed and developed quality power equipment for professionals such as air compressors, air tools, and standby generators. Their range of portable generators to have an impressive reputation as being overly reliable and powerful.

The Powermate PM0497008 is yet another example of why this company is trusted all over North America. Powered by a 13HP Honda engine that pumps out an impressive 7000-watt continuous watt, its got enough oomph to juice an entire household for well over half a day.

2 Years complete warranty, good all-around construction and plenty of outlets ought to keep you happy.

​About the ​​​​​Powermate PM047008

​Any generator or for that matter power tool that uses a Honda built engine, in my experience, is super reliable. The Powermate PM0497008 is no different. The very first time, after adding in a bit of fuel and the accompanying engine oil, it purred to life on the first pull. This is something I have only experienced with Honda engines. They are silent, powerful and always ready to please. Even in winters, the 13HP engine on this portable generator won’t fail you as long as you use stabilizers and fuel additives to keep the engine clean.

Coming to the power, it has got an ample amount of watts. 7,000 watts works like a charm feeding my large refrigerator, one air conditioner and every small appliance in my kitchen without ever hitting the 75 percent mark. I have yet to see the overload indicator light up. Moreover, with 4 different sockets for 120 Volt, you have sufficient outlets to power camping and RV gear. Some might say that its size reduces the portability but to me, it is as portable as a large generator can be. The handles and wheels come separately packaged and need a bit of assembly, which thankfully isn’t hard. And to top it off, you get an amazing 2 years complete warranty on all components. Forget about engine problems and unstable voltage, this baby is sure to keep running non-stop through rain or sun.

Powermate PM0497008

Pros

  • ​7,000 watts of raw power with plenty of outlets and low-oil automatic shutdown, Honda engine, good warranty cover for two years.

Cons

  • ​Just the non-CARB compliance is a bit of a turn off for California buyers. Tad bit expensive as well.

​Features

  • ​Total of 7,000 continuous watts and a maximum peak rating of 8,750 watts.
  • ​Large 8 Gallon gas tank that offers 12.4 hours at 50 percent load.
  • Lightning Bolt
    ​Control panel provides circuit breaker protection, fuel gauge and 4 120 Volt outlets with one 120/240 Volt twist lock receptacle.
  • Lightning Bolt
    ​GX390 13 HP Honda OHV gas engine with an automatic low-oil shutdown.
  • Lightning Bolt
    ​Non-CARB compliant.
  • Lightning Bolt
    ​2 Years limited warranty.

​Specifications

Running watts 7,000
Starting watts 8,750
Engine HP/cc 13HP OHV 4-stroke Honda Engine
Starting method Recoil Start
Low oil shutdown YES
Fuel tank size (gallons) 8 Gallon
Run time at 50% Load 12.4 Hours
Outlets 4 x 12Amp/120V AC, 1 x Twist Lock 120/240V
Handle style Front handle
Wheel type 9 Inch, rugged
Warranty 2 Years
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Powermate PM0497008 Review
Portability6
Power9.5
Noise6.5
Efficiency9.5
7.9
EXPERT SCORE
FINAL THOUGHTS
13HP, loads of power, plenty of outlets and reliability are the defining factors of the Powermate PM0497008. This portable generator in fiery red not only looks good, works off a Honda heart but also delivers awesome power to work as your main backup generator. Did I mention that it also retails at a decent price with a good warranty cover?
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