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Coleman Powermate Pro-Gen 5000 Review

Recommended for small to medium sized houses in power outage prone areas.

If your house is in an area that has various power outages, maybe you have thought about investing in a generator. The Coleman Powermate Pro-Gen 5000 is a gas powered 5,000-watt generator that is popular for home use. It generates standard 60hz, 125 v / 220 v electrical output that can be delivered right into your power-hungry home.

This Coleman generator is powered by a 9-HP Briggs & Stratton Vanguard overhead valve engine. The fuel tank holds a 5-gallon capacity and it will operate under steady load for 8 hours. You will need to shut it down to refuel, but that will not take more than 5 minutes or so. With a full tank of gasoline this machine weighs about 200 pounds. There is low oil alert, and it comes with a 2-year warranty.

Some homes are especially wired to accommodate a generator. Usually this is accomplished with a professionally installed electric transfer switch, which isolates the home electrically from the local power utility lines. Then you run a cable to hook up to the 220 outlet, which is manually isolated by throwing the toggle switches after the generator is up and running.

If your home is not wired for a generator, one solution is to get special heavy-duty generator extension cords and run them from the generator to power surge protector strips to the equipment you want to power, such as the refrigerator, lights, and the TV.

Unfortunately, because they are probably already wired into your home system, when your home is not wired for a generator you cannot run major appliances such as your furnace, hot water heater, and oven. It is also not recommended to power any electronic devices like computers, stereo or TV, although many people do this with no problem as long as they use a surge protector.

To give you an idea of what this generator can power, here are some typical wattages for household devices:

Television: 300-400 watts, Microwave oven: 700 watts, Vacuum cleaner: 600 watts, Refrigerator/Freezer: 800 watts, Coffee maker: 1200 watts, Water heater: 5000 watts,
Washer: 1440 watts, Dryer: 5500 watts

Please completely read and understand the manuals before using your Coleman Powermate Pro-Gen 5000 Generator or any other similar machine. Warnings are in effect for electric shock hazard, fire hazard (from the gasoline), burn hazard (on the exhaust muffler), explosion hazard (gasoline again), rotating parts hazard, asphyxiation, suffocation and carbon monoxide poison hazard (use only outdoors, with the exhaust pointing away from doors and windows), lifting hazard (200 pounds worth).