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Pulsar PG6000 Spec Review

The Pulsar PG6000 is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 5000 W and a starting wattage of 6000 W.

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Description

Considered one of the best values in portable generators on the market today, this unit is ideal as a home back up unit that can provide power without breaking the bank, the Pulsar PG6000’s 10 HP engine has been designed to operate at optimum efficiency for long periods of time at up to 6000 peak watts. With seven different outlets for everything from 120V to 240V to 12 volt operation for up to 13.5 hours this unit can do it all. Designed to operate up to three major appliances at one time and including a unique digital meter and easy-to-read gas gauge, the PG6000 provides pure power when and where it is needed. (source: Pulsar (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Pulsar PG6000

In summary, the Pulsar PG6000 is a portable generator especially useful for:

  • RV travellers looking for even more independence
  • People occasionally participating in outdoor fairs, festivals or events
  • Food van owners who know that just a short power outage could lose them hundreds of dollars
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, the extra features it benefits from, and any relevant emission compliance details.

Power & Run Time

The Pulsar PG6000 in use

The Pulsar PG6000

The Pulsar PG6000 houses a 302 cc (10 hp) Ducar OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 5000W along with a peak wattage of 6000W.

Enjoying a noise rating of 72 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator gets running thanks to a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a fuel capacity of 6.6 gallons, the PG6000 may run for around 13.5 hours at 50% load with a full tank (fuel consumption around 0.49 GPH).

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R)
120V 30A (L5-30R) receptacle
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Additionally, it features 1 DC outlet: there's a 12V 8A output with which you may charge your batteries with ease.

This Pulsar generator features an L5-30R receptacle, enabling an easy RV connection via an L5-30P to TT-30R adaptor. However, it is still not quite RV ready. Besides, due to the featured twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the PG6000 is transfer switch ready: you may connect it to a breaker box to power your household during a power outage.

Portability

With its dimensions of L27.5 x W21.1 x H21.9 in, the conventional, open frame design of the Pulsar PG6000 offers stability and allows the generator to be raised above ground level. The design is ideal for rough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Since the generator weighs 159 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). However, this lack of maneuverability is compensated by its wheel kit and its folding handle, with which you can conveniently shift it, once it's on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Pulsar PG6000

The PG6000's control panel

The PG6000's status and activity may be monitored conveniently via the control panel, as it features a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours.

In addition to this info, a light indicator allows you to instantly see if its oil levels are insufficient.

The fuel level of the generator can be determined quickly, easily, and conveniently with the help of its built-in fuel gauge.

Security-wise, this product benefits from an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, which gives you a complete peace of mind when using it.

As for its accessories, apart from the previously mentioned features, the Pulsar PG6000 also comes with the basic documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab), allowing you to start it right away.

Emissions

The Pulsar PG6000 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

However, it features a spark arrestor, which makes it suitable for use in forested areas.

The Pulsar PG6000 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Pulsar PG6000 compare to generators of similar power (between 4500 and 5500 W).

  • Since the generator weighs in at a dry weight of 159 lbs, the Pulsar PG6000 belongs in the expected weight range for devices which can produce between 4500 and 5500 rated watts. If weight matters to you, one of the champions in this power range is the WEN GN6000 with only 119 pounds.
  • When compared to devices able to produce a similar running wattage, this generator and its lowest emitted noise of 72 dBA is on the noisier side. If noise emissions are one of your priorities, you may be interested in the Honda EU7000iS, one of the least noisy generators similarly powerful as this one, rated for 52 dBA.
  • The PG6000 provides a higher run time than similarly powerful devices, reaching around 13.5 hours at 50% load. If you consider autonomy on a single full tank as one of the deciding factors, one of the generators in the same power range that offers the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, with around 15 hours.
  • 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. With an estimated gasoline consumption of 0.49 GPH (gallon per hour) at 50% load, this generator is among the more fuel efficient of the products in the above-mentioned wattage range. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Westinghouse WGen5300DFv, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.35 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 4500-5500W generators, the Pulsar PG6000 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
  • Fuel efficient
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (159 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • On the noisy side (72 dBA)

Do you own the Pulsar PG6000 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine302 cc Ducar OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 12V
Running watts5000 W
Starting watts6000 W
Running amps (@120/240V)41.7/20.8 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)50/25 amps
Run time @50% load13.5 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsNo
Covered outletsNo
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R)
  • 1x 120V 30A (L5-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outlets1x 12V 8A output
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsLow oil
Fuel tank6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight159 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.5 x 21.1 x 21.9 in
Noise (lower limit)72 dBA
THDUnknown
EmissionsEPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedWheel kit
Warranty2 years

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 Pulsar

Pulsar is a brand registered under the Pulsar Products inc., based in California, USA. The company offers a decent choice of air compressors, pressure washers and of course, generators – which range from 1,2 kW to 10 kW and include dual fuel and RV-Ready designs. Pulsar has several facilities scattered throughout the US, including two distribution centers – one in California and second in Illinois. However, the production of their products seems to be outsourced overseas, to the continent of Asia.

Warranty Information

The Pulsar PG6000 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Pulsar generators, please contact the Pulsar Customer Support: 1-866-591-8921.

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 sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeSump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Furnace fan (1/2 hp)8752350
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Hair dryer18001900
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3972 W5447 W
For campingRadiant heater13001300
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Rice cooker650650
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total3985 W4405 W
For workTable saw18004500
Grinder14002500
Bug zapper8080
Total3280 W5980 W

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