Powermate PM1800 Spec Review

The Powermate PM1800 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1800 PSI and flow of 1.3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

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The Powermate PM1800 is a light duty pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces or high reach areas
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

Its axial cam pump, which utilizes a 13 amp motor, may deliver a pressure of up to 1800 PSI (almost 30 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.3 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 2340 Cleaning Units.

The PM1800 is an electric pressure washer and thus, can be easily started by an ON/OFF switch. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design and approximate dimensions of D9.9 x W12.7 x H27.5 in, the Powermate PM1800 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the PM1800 convenience of transport.

The unit can be very easily carried around, as it weighs just 16 lbs. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. As if this lightweight wasn't enough, the device also features two 5" never-flat wheels to further improve its ease of use and of transport.

Main Features

The Powermate PM1800's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, a nozzle tip and a detergent addition feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap addition: Detergent is added to the water at the exit, by attaching the included foam cannon to the end of the wand.
  • Pressure hose: The 20 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose (5220 PSI rating), which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using a set of convenient hooks.
  • Spray gun and wand: A dedicated slot enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzle: an adjustable nozzle is included. It lets you adjust the spray pattern from a full fan spray (widest spray width) to a direct stream spray (narrowest spray width).

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the Powermate PM1800

Some of the included accessories

  • Auto-Stop Switch: This feature automatically shuts off the pressure washer when the trigger is not engaged, to prolong the pump's lifespan.
  • Onboard storage: The Powermate PM1800's handy storage area lets you store nozzles and accessories, and thus, you’ll be always prepared and have everything necessary for the job at hand.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: Included with the Powermate PM1800 are also the owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as pressure hose, nozzle cleaner, power cord, spray gun, wand and foam cannon (to add cleaning solutions to the water).

The Powermate PM1800's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Powermate PM1800 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

Note: Even though we couldn’t list its price on this page, our research indicates that some brick-and-mortar retailers sell this unit around $130.

  • The Powermate PM1800, which can achieve a PSI of up to 1800, falls behind the other electric pressure washers in the $120 to $200 price range. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX3000-MAX that can reach up to 2800 PSI.
  • In the aforementioned price range, this washer, with 1.3 GPM (gallons per minute), is placed on the lower end of the GPM scale. If being able to rinse away debris as efficiently as possible is your priority, one of the products with the highest GPM in this price range is the WEN PW21, with 1.76 GPM.
  • With 2340 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the PM1800 is on the low end when compared to other similarly priced electric devices. When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Realm BY03-VBP-WTR and its 4200 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Powermate PM1800 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this pressure washer nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of cleaning power.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Portable
  • Onboard storage
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Powermate PM1800 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI (max/rated)1800/1450
GPM1.3
Cleaning Units2340
Motor13 amp
PumpAxial Cam
Other model numbers8885, G0088850
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
NozzlesAdjustable
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 9.9 x 12.7 x 27.5 in
Weight16 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀5", never flat
Included accessoriesNozzle cleaner, wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, foam cannon, 35 ft GFCI power cord
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty1 year

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 is a brand of portable and commercial generators, pressure washers, and other outdoor power equipment. In 2014, Generac Power Systems acquired the brand name to market its generators and water pumps. The other outdoor power tools, including pressure washers and air compressors under the Powermate brand are owned by Midwest Air Technologies (MAT) Holdings, Inc.

Warranty Information

The Powermate PM1800 is covered under a warranty for up to 1 year. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Powermate pressure washers, please consult Powermate's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-445-1805.

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