I'm looking to buy some single pole and multi-pole breaker lockouts, and I'm having trouble sorting through all the variety. I've seen "universal" 1P lockouts for four bucks, and another 1P lockout might sell for $35.
I'm trying to stay away from junk, I want something that works, but $35 a-piece seems pricy. Can anyone recommend any cheaper lockouts?
It's kind of hard to reply to you request when you haven't identified the manufacture of the breakers, the type and age of the breakers. Older breakers often don't have a convenient way of installing a lock-off device and are you refering to residential or industrial.
Do you mean a mechanism that you can attach a large padlock too for LOTO, or one with a simple screw or latch to prevent accidental operation? For tue LOTO the device must be "permanently affixed" to the breaker.
Single pole devices are usually inexpensive. Multi-pole and industrial breakers are usually more expensive. Universal ones often aren't.
Breaker lock-outs are certainly useful; I have several types. There is no one type that works on all breakers, and some breakers will not accept any of the devices I've seen. In addition, there are devices for locking switches, plugging fuse holders, covering plugs, etc. I'd stay away from the kits, and buy them as you use them.
I'd also stay away from padlocks; a zip-tie and a tag seem perfectly adequate to me- and eliminates creating another hazard by leaving the door ajar!