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Powermate Vx Series 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator

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Model: PM0106507
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Surge Watts
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420cc Powermate OHV Engine w/ Electric Start
Makes starting an easy task (Battery Included)

Low Oil Shutdown
Protects generator from running without enough oil

6.5 Gallon Fuel Tank w/ Fuel Gauge
Provides 9 hours of run time @ 1/2 load

Auto Voltage Regulation (AVR)
Protects appliances & equipment from harmful voltage swings

Circuit Breaker Protection
Helps prevent overload to generator

Hour Meter
Easily keep track of service intervals

12-Volt Automotive-Type DC Outlet
Great for charging cell phone batteries or powering inflators

Mobility Kit w/ Dual Folding Handle & 10" Never-Flat Wheels
Makes moving and storing this generator an easy task

USDA Forest Service Qualified Spark-Arrestor Muffler
Provides added safety and quieter operation

2 Year Warranty
Starting System
12-Volt Button Start w/ Recoil
420 CC
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
1 Year
Engine RPM
3600 RPM
Low Oil Alert/Shutdown
Cast Iron Sleeve
Product Specs
120/240 Single-Phase
60 Hertz
Auto Voltage Regulation
Surge Watts
8125 Watts
Rated Watts
6500 Watts
Fuel Type
Rated Amps
27 @ 240 Volts (Single Phase) Amps
Portability Kit
Never Flat Wheels
Tank Size
6.5 Gallons
Run Time @ 50% Load
9 Hours
Fuel Tank Material
Fuel Gauge
Decibel Rating @ 7m
Not Measured by Manufacturer
Idle Control
Hour Meter
Voltage Meter
Lifting Eye
Grade Type
12-Amp DC - Cigarette Adapter
NEMA 5-20R - Wall-Type
NEMA L14-30R
Made in USA
Assembly Required
206 Pounds
Product Style
Portable Generator
Product Length
31.69 Inches
Product Width
23.03 Inches
Product Height
22.83 Inches
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
  7 Questions
Q: Hi Mike,
I am in the market for a Home-backup- generator.
My needs will be;
...Tv and speakers
....1hp single phase well pump
....3-60w lights

That should do me for the time being the wilderness
What are your top three recommendations for
home-backup units.


by Cory Shipman from Washington on June 24, 2016

A: In regards to your question, proper sizing of the generator is crucial to the success of any generator installation and requires a good working knowledge of electricity and its characteristics, as well as the varying requirements of the electrical equipment comprising the load.

A certified electrician needs to be consulted for proper sizing and installation of any generator.

When analyzing the electrical load, consult the manufacturerĺs nameplate on each major appliance or piece of equipment to determine its starting requirements in terms of amps and voltage which can be calculated to watts using Ohms Law (Amps x Volts = Watts).

When choosing the generator output select a rating that is approximately 20 to 25% higher than the peak load (for example, if the load is about 8 kilowatts, select a 10 kW generator).

A higher rated generator will operate comfortably at approximately 80% of its full capacity and will provide a margin of flexibility if the load increases in the future.

Note: Applications that are commercial, all-electric homes, have heat pump systems or geothermal systems require special installation procedures and a certified electrician must be contacted to evaluate and install these types of systems.

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: you suggest starting a generator once a week to keep lubricated, but what If I store it in my shed till i need it and can't always get to it. I don't want to keep gas in it.Is it going to damage the unit if I don't start it?
by John from New York on March 07, 2013

A: If you do not run the unit weekly (Per manufactures instructions) you will need to prepare the unit for long term storage and manufacturers can have a different method. You should review the owner's manual for the specific units process.

Typically the oil and gas needs to be drained and the spark plug pulled so you can put oil in the combustion chamber to prevent rusting in the engine cylinder chamber plus some other steps.

Honestly, it is easier and gives more reassurance that the unit will work when needed when you run it weekly for 10 minutes.

by Jared, Product Expert

by Lee Cordar from Alabama on August 18, 2012

A: The Powermate Vx Series generators have splash lubrication.

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: Hello Jim,

I recently purchased a Powermate Model PM0106507 from PED.
Everything works fine.
I would now like a good cover it...can you recommend the best cover to fit this generator?

Thanks, Bob

by Bob DeLillo from New Jersey on April 15, 2012

A: The Classic Accessories Large cover would be the correct cover. Click on link below for details or visit the generator product page where you will find the cover listed in the accessories page specific for this model.

Large Cover
by Jared, Product Expert

Q: Can I use synthetic oil in the generator of equal viscosity to the required oil?
by Bill from Connecticut on February 25, 2012

A: Some manufacturers recommend using 5W30 Synthetic oil for cold weather conditions.

However, Powermate does not recommend using a synthetic oil. Please refer to your owner's manual for proper oil types based on temperature ranges in your area.

Below 32░ F (0░ C) . . . . . . . . .SAE 10W, 10W-30, or 10W-40
32 to 80░ F (0 to 25░ C) . . . . . .SAE 20W, 10W-30, or 10W-40
80 to 95░ F (25 to 35░ C) . . . . .SAE 30W, 10W-30, or 10W-40
Above 95░ F (35░ C) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SAE 40W

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: Hi Jim I bought a Powermate PM0105007 - 5000 watt gas power electric generator from home depot. The engine is a RATO made in china. Am I going to be ok with this?
by John Miller from Washington on January 22, 2012

A: Yes, you should be find with this engine. Engines from China have been in the US for 8 - 9 years and have really had no major issues over the last 5 years and parts are typically accessible if needed.

The key is to do proper maintenance such as running the unit every week to every couple of weeks to keep the internals proper lubricated and prevent moisture build-up.

This also gives piece of mind knowing it is going to work when you need it.

Proper oil changes and using clean fresh fuel with a fuel stabilizer is extremely important.

Read the owner's manual from cover to cover as there is usually a ton of information that is extremely helpful.

by Jared, Product Expert

Q: I want to connect the generator to the electrical box in my garage. What do I need to buy as extras to enable me to use the generator outside? How is the connection made from the electrical box to the generator? Power cord? or other means?
by Gordon Heinrich from Florida on October 10, 2011

A: The following articles from my How-To-Library will help you with your generator questions.

Connecting Your Castle

Emergency Generator Buyers Guide

Restoring Mission-Critical Appliances

by Jared, Product Expert

Powermate PM0106507 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
Easy To Use (2)
Price (2)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Started On First Turn Of... (1)
Way To Loud Wish I Could... (1)
Expensive (1)
To Loud (1)
Heavy (1)
Unreliable (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
63% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Punxsutawney, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 5/5/17
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Dead Battery On The First Start, Seems Like A Tread For This...
I chose this exact generator because it had electric start so my wife could start it if I was not home. Tried to start it out of the box and it wouldn't turn over using the electric start. I got a volt meter and measured the battery and it measured 7.4V!
I have read multiple reviews on your site complaining about dead batteries when they are delivered. Also complaints about the hassle trying to get another battery from whatever company. I hope it goes smooth for me getting mine replaced!... more
Jason Recommends This Powermate Product
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Bill R.
Moore, OK
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Runs Fine, But Battery Location Is Horrid & Hard To Get To
Just received unit and seems to run fine and started right up both with the pull start and electric start. However....the battery location sucks and took 2 handymen on their backs for 20 minutes to hook the one battery cable up. This needs to be fixed. The easy one to hook up was already on from the factory. BUT the hard one buried inside and behind the control panel was not . These need to be put in a better location OR.....use some type of quick disconnect connector inline of the cables.... more
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Cleveland, OH
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/19/13
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Still Breaking It In...
Loved the free shipping and no taxes. Starts on first pull every time. Wven though it has an electric start I do not want to rely on it. I think I got the most generator for my money. I did not give it 5 stars because I have not truly put it to the test yet. It is loud as are all generators in this wattage and price range. My only real complaint is with all generators, they should come with a built in ammeter so you can monitor the load on it and adjust your set up as necessary.
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John C.
Berryville, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/2/13
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Received generator with bad battery right out of the box. Called support line and was told they had no batteries in stock. 3 weeks now and still waiting. Other than that it runs fine with pull start, but I bought for the electric start.
Cons: Bad Battery Out Of The Box Was Told Non In Stock Still Waiting
John Recommends This Powermate Product
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Mechanicsburg, PA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 1/21/13
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Powermate Generator Installed
Our new Powermate generator, along with a power transfer switch, was recently installed by a professional electrician. Upon completion of the installation it was fired up and seems to run well, and the appropriate circuits were powered as anticipated. I am now hopeful we will never have to use it!

There was a problem with a damaged air filter box, which was cheerfully replaced upon a call to the manufacturer. We were very impressed with that service. So far, so good!
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Shawnee, OK
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/13/12
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Exactly As Advertised
I haven't needed to use the generator yet since we haven't had a power outage. The unit is exactly as advertised. After adding the oil and gas it started immediately on the first turnover. It' runs much quieter than my old one.

The assembly was no problem, except the battery connection. The ground cable comes from one direction and the positive cable another. Nothing wrong with that but the battery can be installable in one direction only and the battery posts are aligned in the opposite... more
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Central, NJ
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 12/31/12
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Buy
I searched around for a good while since most places were out of stock. Looked at Honda, looked at Honda engine Power mate, key start, no key start and different sizes. Decided on this one since it had a key start, which helps my wife if I am out of town, had sufficient power for our needs, had an hour meter and frankly it had so many positive reviews. After putting wheels and handles on, attaching cable to battery (yes it was a bit of a pain, but no biggie) and adding motor oil, it cranked... more
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Massapequa Park, NY
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 11/11/12
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Generator For The Money
I had to wait over a month because of the huge back order from super storm Sandy.
well worth the wait this will take care of all my needs when the power goes out the generator seems very strong well built fired right up with the electric start and on the first pull on the cord.

Not as loud as I thought it would be this is plenty of power to keep the house up when the power goes out tried it out and had the entire house going without bogging down at any time. The battery is a little pain... more
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Brian D.
Hicksville, NY
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
40 Helpful Votes
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Workhorse.
I bought this unit when my old generator failed after Hurricane Irene in September, 2011.

I ordered this unit in March, and after running it as a test I waited for the first opportunity that I needed it. Hurricane Sandy proved to be the perfect time for its true use.

The machine ran my house for a total of 30 hours as well as helping neighbors keeping their refrigerators up and running. This machine did a miraculous job.

I used a total of 11 gallons for the 30 hours. It... more
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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Power Me Up
Fast delivery, evething was in order. Assembled, filled with oil and it started right up. A little quieter than the old one and the electric start is very nice!
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Abingdon, VA
Purchased from Electric Generators Direct
Purchased 2/9/13
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Second Powermate...good As The First One
My husband and I have owned a 5000 watt Powermate for over 15 years. According to Electric Generators Direct, based upon the serial and model number, it is probably older than that. We decided to install a transfer switch (10 circuits) and needed to go with a new generator. I conducted an in-depth research looking at various models including Honda and Generac. The reviews were good on some of these models. Our electricity goes out 4-5 times each winter, but thankfully averaging only about... more
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