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Powermate PM2000 - 1400/2000W Portable Generator

The Powermate PM2000 is a compact and lightweight open frame generator with a rated wattage of 1,400 W and a starting wattage of 2,000 W.

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Even though the official video and some of the pictures show "Neutral bonded to frame", Generac confirmed to us that the P0080900 has a floating neutral.
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Description

Lightweight and easy to use, the PM2000 features a steel frame and a compact design that makes it easy to pick up and put in place. With 2000 starting watts and 1400 running watts, this portable generator will allow you to run small electrical appliances at any picnic, campground or tailgate.

Zoom on the Powermate PM2000

In a nutshell, the Powermate PM2000 is a compact and lightweight portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Tailgating and campground aficionados with the desire of enjoying power anywhere they go
  • DIYers who wish to improve their efficiency with tools

In the sections ahead, the power characteristics, availability of various outlets, the portability, and any additional features of the device shall be discussed, including its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Powermate PM2000's core is the 98 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke engine, which runs on gasoline. With an output of 120V, it provides a running wattage of 1,400W and a peak wattage of 2,000W.

This generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism. It features Powermate's PowerDial™, an easy-to-use dial with three operation settings.

With a full tank, the PM2000 can operate for up to 14 hours (fuel consumption around 0.16 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 2.25 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel includes the following 2 AC outlets:

Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)

Portability

The Powermate PM2000 has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L19.7 x W15.6 x H17 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. This type of design is ideal for tough environments and heavy outdoor use.

As the PM2000's weight is only 62 lbs, it can follow you and your power needs anywhere. Moreover, grabbing and moving this product is made even easier by its open frame design.

Features

Panel of the Powermate PM2000

The PM2000's control panel

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

As for its security measures, the device features an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), letting you use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Powermate also included some oil in the PM2000's packaging.

Emissions

The Powermate PM2000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

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The Powermate PM2000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Powermate PM2000 compare to generators of similar power (between 1000 and 2000 W).

  • As its dry weight is 62 pounds, the Powermate PM2000 is one of the heavier of the products which can generate 1000 to 2000 running watts. If weight is your top priority, one of the champions in this power category is the Genmax GM1200i, weighing just 25.3 pounds.
  • With a run time of up to 14 hours at 25% load, the PM2000 has one of the highest run times, compared to its similarly powerful peers.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.16 GPH at a 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Genmax GM1200i, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.07 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 1000-2000W generators, the Powermate PM2000 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • High run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No data center
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the heavy side (62 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Powermate PM2000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine98 cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120V 60 Hz
Running watts1,400 W
Starting watts2,000 W
Running amps11.7 amps
Peak amps16.7 amps
Run time @50% load10 h
Run time @25% load14 h
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets1x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerNo
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 2.25 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight62 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)19.7 x 15.6 x 17 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
ComplianceEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralFloating
Accessories includedOil
Warranty3 years
Other model numbersP0080900
UPC696471077506

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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About Powermate

Powermate’s history is somewhat enigmatic, but they claim to have been on the market for over 40 years, selling portable generators and various outdoor power equipment. In 2009, they have signed under what they call “partnership” (more accurately ownership) with the Italian PRAMAC. In 2014, Generac acquired Powermate from PRAMAC.

Warranty Information

The Powermate PM2000 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Powermate generators, please consult Powermate's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-445-1805.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeRefrigerator (energy star)1921192
Toaster oven800800
Total992 W1992 W
For campingRV refrigerator180600
Toaster oven800800
Radio100100
Total1080 W1500 W
For workMilk cooler11001800
Total1100 W1800 W
What is the noise rating of the PM2000?

Due to the lack of standardization in noise emission measurement, Powermate (Generac) does not provide their units' noise levels.

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