Powermate PM0497000.04 7000 Watt Portable Generator Review

Powermate 7000WThere are many companies that market generators both for the home owner as well as for the professional user. Powermate is one such company which is well known for the quality of their products especially their generators.

Powermate has generators for every application and all their portable units are designed and tested to the highest industry standards. All their generators use the best components and are powered by world class engines giving you a generator that you can rely on for its performance whether you use it on a job site, for recreation or for home use.

Rumors of bankruptcy where a reorganization occurred in 2008 were for the Powermate Holding Corp and was associated with the Coleman brand prior to this. Currently Powermate is part of Pramac which makes very large generators. Powermate retains the consumer retail market for the company. In the past there have been some issues with older model purchases and warranty service due to this occurrence.

The Powermate PM0497000 series are variations of models. This model is not CARB compliant.

Power Output and Generation

This generator is capable of delivering 7,000 watts continuously and has a maximum surge capacity of 8,750 watts.

The power-plant is a 389cc 13HP Honda GX OHV Engine.

The large fuel tan holds 8 gallons of fuel and this generator can run around 11 hours or up to 12.3 hours at 50% load capacity.

Electric output is with 4 120V 20A duplex plugs, and one 120/240V L14-30 (30 amp) Twist Lock.

At 120V usage, the duplex plugs can provide 20 amps are available at each half of the plug sets. And you have the ability to also use the L14 as long as the total load is less than about 58 amps. Using the 240V circuit you’ll be limited to about 29 amps at 7000W,

More info: plug and recepticale types.

Fuel Type and Noise Levels:

The Powermate PM0497000.04 has a large fuel tank that lets it deliver plenty of electricity when you need it. The Powermate PM0497000.04 generator runs on regular unleaded gasoline and has a fuel tank capacity of 8 gallons which gives it a run time of between 11 and 13 hours at 50% load capacity.

Noise: There is no published noise level for comparison on the powermate model. Generally Honda provides a quiet engine and most customers commented that it runs quieter than other models in the general size range. The use of an inverter also allows less load on the engine and results in a quieter operation.

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Dimensions and Weight

The dimensions of the Powermate PM0497000.04 generator are 31.3Lx20.9Wx24.3H in inches. This makes this a very compact unit not much larger than an end table. The total weight of this unit is around 198 lbs. and with gas (6 lbs per gal) nearly 250 lbs.

Typical Uses and Needs

With 7,000 watts of continuous output and a maximum capacity of 8,750 watts, this generator is capable of supplying electricity to run most of the equipment in your home if you have a power outage. With its large fuel tank you can have power for long periods of time in places where there is no electricity available.

Not only can this generator be used as a backup power supply at your home but it can very easily keep a job site running where there is a necessity to run power tools and other equipment.

It is also an ideal addition to your mobile camping gear to run your campsite or to have electricity available in the outdoors to run all sorts of electrical equipment.

Display & Control Panel, Start-up

powermate7000w-control-panelThis generator has a very simple display and control panel. When you look at the control panel you will find that it has an ON/Off switch for the engine on the left of the control pane, next to this on the right you will find 2 120volt 20 amp receptacles and next to them you have two circuit breakers.

Next to the circuit breakers you have 2 more 120 volt 20 amp outlets. Below these outlets you have 2 cord-keeper restraints which prevent the plugs from being pulled out of the receptacles. To the right of the outlet plugs you have 2 more circuit breakers and to the right of these you have the 120/240 volt 30 amp twist lock receptacle.


This generator has a manual start system which uses a recoil pull rope. Here are the steps to be taken to start the engine of this generator.

  1. Make sure that the generator is on a level surface and there are no loads connected to it.
  2. Check the oil and fuel levels.
  3. Turn the fuel shut off valve to the On position.
  4. Move the throttle to the choke position.
  5. Set the engine switch on the control panel to the On position.
  6. Pull the starter rope with a fast steady pull.
  7. Now move the throttle to the Run position.
  8. Allow the engine to run for about 5 minutes so that it warms up and the generator stabilizes before you connect any loads.

Shut Down
To shut down the generator you need to:

  1. Disconnect all the electrical loads from the generator.
  2. Let the engine run for a few minutes without any load.
  3. Turn the engine switch to the Off position.
  4. Turn the fuel shut Off valve to the Off position.

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Additional Features

This unit doesn’t come with a bunch of extra features, but for portability It is has the no flat pneumatic wheels and dual-folding handles.

Care and Maintenance and Use

To get the maximum use from the Powermate PM0497000.04 generator you need to take proper care of it and to do the necessary maintenance.

UFirst 5 Hours

  • It is important that you change the oil after the break in period of the first five hours of running the generator.

Daily Use

  • Check the engine oil and top it if it is low.
  • Clean the area around the control panel and the muffler.

Weekly or every 25 hours of operation

  • Check the air filter and clean it if necessary.

100 hours

  • Change the engine oil.
  • Check the spark plug and change it if necessary.


  • Change the air filter.
  • Change the spark plug.
  • Change the fuel filter.
  • Clean the air cooling system.

If the conditions where the generator is being used are dirty, dusty or it is being used where the temperature is high, it is suggested that you do more frequent maintenance.

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Warranty and Repairs

The Powermate PM0497000.04 generator comes with a two year warranty for consumers and a one year warranty for commercial users. It is one of the better coverages for parts and repair. There are about 2000 Powermate service centers in the US. Also there is an email and form available for requesting service at the website contact section.

This warranty covers all parts that are defective in material or workmanship. The warranty is also good as it covers the parts as well as the labor to replace them.

The engine is covered by a separate warranty from the engine manufacturer.

The shipping charges for sending the unit to the company or a service agent for repairs are to be borne by the buyer. You may want to check out locations prior to purchasing to see if driving or shipping will be reasonable should you need these services..

Consumer Comments

The Powermate PM0497000.04 generator gets 4.1 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Most of the customers who bought this generator were very happy with it. They liked the fact that it had a Honda engine and did not mind having to pay the premium for it.

They liked the fact that it could power the whole house. One customer said ‘ I am happy with my purchase and would recommend the product.’ Quite a few customers were very happy with the ease the engine starts. Another customer had this to say ‘ I can’t recommend this unit enough. Great unit, great engine, awesome product, unbelievable price.’

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Pros & Cons


  • Easy to start with just one pull on the cord.
  • Much quieter than comparable generators.
  • Very fuel efficient.
  • Has oil alert warning system which warns you when it is low on oil and it also shuts the engine down if the oil reaches unsafe levels.
  • It is equipped with an automatic voltage regulator which provides stable voltage and protection.
  • Has 10 inch pneumatic wheels and dual folding handles which make it easy to move.
  • It has a cast iron engine sleeve which provides a longer engine life.


  • There is no straight shaft that runs through the unit for the wheels. This makes the wheels tilt and they may not be sturdy enough for the unit.
  • Some customers feel that the engine surges up and down when you apply a load on it. This may be a problem with a few units where the engine has not been adjusted.


The Powermate PM0497000.04 generator has a list price of $1,299.00.You can find this unit available between $1,100.00 and $1,300.00. Check the best price here: Powermate PM0497000.04 7000 Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator

At this price a generator that can deliver 7,000 watts of continuous power and is powered by a Honda engine makes it a great buy.


There are a few accessories available for this generator which would not only help to maintain the generator but also help with the transfer of power into your home.

Also available is a generator cover which would help in keeping your generator free from dust and moisture when you store it. Classic Accessories 79537 Generator Cover, Large, Black


Reliance controls have a power transfer kit with 10 circuits which would help in transferring the power into your home. Reliance Controls 31410CRK Pro/Tran 10-Circuit 30 Amp Generator Transfer Switch Kit With Transfer Switch, 10-Foot Power Cord, And Power Inlet Box For Up To 7,500-Watt Generators


Reliance controls also has a power cord which is 40 feet long and it can handle 30 amps of power and is especially made for generators with an output of up to 7,500 watts. Reliance Controls PC3040 40-Feet 30-Amp L14-30 Generator Power Cord for Up to 7500-Watt Generators


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The Powermate PM0497000.04 generator is one of the best generators in its class. It comes with a world class Honda 389cc 13 hp engine which is not only very easy to start but runs very efficiently giving out the rated 7,00 watts of continuous electrical power.

This generator is not only powerful enough to run your whole household in times of power outages, but it is can also be used when power is required on job sites to run power equipment.

With its large 8 gallon fuel tank which is capable of running the generator for over 10 hours at 50% load, makes it an ideal generator to supply electricity for long periods of time, no matter whether it is as a back up source of power for your home or whether you want to use it outdoors or for camping.

It is one of the most reliable sources for generating electricity when there is no other power available.

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