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#35369 - 03/10/04 03:15 AM Market for used breakers
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Registered: 02/05/04
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Loc: Rock Hill, SC
Is there a company that specializes in purchasing and reselling used breakers, especially old hard to find breakers? I have some cluttering my basement that I'd like to sell.

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#35370 - 03/10/04 04:41 AM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I have companies calling me all the time wanting to buy used breakers, so there is a market. We just throw away most old breakers, but we keep obsolete breaker for our own use. I doubt the ones we throw away(old ITE, Challenger, Westinghouse) would be of any interest to these companies.

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#35371 - 03/10/04 05:22 AM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 178
Loc: toronto canada
here in toronto we have a couple of companies that do this,you can often make money by buying these refurbished brkrs as for the big ones they are painted to look like new.

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#35372 - 03/10/04 05:22 AM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
Thats a good question,..I've got a milk-crate in the cellar,full of old Federal(never trip)Pacific breakers...any takers..??
AR
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#35373 - 03/10/04 06:03 AM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 12/22/03
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Loc: Griswold, CT, USA
Can't remember how many old FPE breakers I've tossed......Now they tell me.
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#35374 - 03/10/04 06:57 AM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 10/13/01
Posts: 182
Loc: South Carolina
If a fire causing death is the result of putting these breakers back in use, are we then considered accessories before the fact of manslaughter??? Especially those of us who are aware of their history. Just a thought, not meant to hijack the thread.

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#35375 - 03/10/04 09:16 AM Re: Market for used breakers
GETELECTRIC Offline
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Registered: 10/22/03
Posts: 178
Loc: toronto canada
if i sell my old car with less than perfect brakes knowingly and the new owner crashes, is it my fault? why should brkrs be any different?

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#35376 - 03/10/04 01:00 PM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6804
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Gentlemen:
A good source for locating cb buyers is
"The Electrical Advertiser"

(www.electricalonesource.com)

Over the years I have sold quite a few cb's that we removed during demo /reno jobs, but alas, the FPE's went to the trash.

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#35377 - 03/11/04 10:02 AM Re: Market for used breakers
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Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2343
Loc: Vienna, Austria
 Quote:
if i sell my old car with less than perfect brakes knowingly and the new owner crashes, is it my fault?


If you tell him, no. If you don't it is.
Breakers are a bit different though I think.

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#35378 - 03/11/04 03:38 PM Re: Market for used breakers
CDN_ELECTRICIAN Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 75
Loc: Concord,Ontario,Canada
There is a real problem with using old breakers!!

As per CSA and NEC all modifications to equipment remove the original approval.

From as simple a a JB, punch a hole in the box and it is no longer approved until the installation is completed in a proper manner, such as installing conduit in the empty KO.

I'm told unless the people selling the breakers have the ability to test the same then they should not be re-sold? This is because some of these people more than just clean them up they actually refurbish them with parts from damaged breakers.

I'm sure if one was installed and did not work they would be looking at the installer!!!

On the other hand the poor customer has to pay big $$$ to change out the panel for the addition of 1 circuit or a bad breaker.
Humm,I like the idea, more work for us.

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