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#69015 - 08/24/06 07:05 PM C-H CH Panel Value?  
ehill  Offline
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CMBE3242B200BF - $850 - Uses CH breakers. Copper bus.

MBE2040B200BTF - $135 - Uses BR breakers.

Assuming this was your house, and you were going to live in it for 60 years, and pass it on to your kids... Is the higher cost of the CH breakers, and the higher cost of the panel itself, worth it?


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#69016 - 08/24/06 08:34 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
Jim M  Offline
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Posts: 457
Chestertown, MD, USA
Didn't check out the panels listed but you can certainly get a C-H CH panel with a 200 amp MB and cover for less than $200.

#69017 - 08/24/06 09:06 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
ehill  Offline
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Wish I knew where. That seems to be the going rate for that particular all-in-one.

#69018 - 08/24/06 09:22 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
LK  Offline
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Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
That is an all in one, special order price, if a stocking supplier has it it should be around $360

#69019 - 08/24/06 10:51 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
Larry Fine  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 693
Richmond, VA
Eric, to answer your question directly: Not to me, it ain't!

Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#69020 - 08/25/06 05:31 AM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,262
Fullerton, CA USA
If you can get the Type CH panel for the price Les quoted, I would definitely do it.

Either that or buy an extra interior for the Bryant and store it away somewhere. [Linked Image]

BR must be short for "Bus Replacement", because I've had to replace quite a few. That's not the case with the Cutler Hammer "Classic", or CH.

#69021 - 08/25/06 07:35 AM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
NORCAL  Offline
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 874
The BR line is the 2nd worst choice in panels one could make, Murray being the worst a CH "classic" panel is the best choice as its a high quality item VS the rest of the competitive makes have chosen to lower the bar on quality.(GE,SQ D, Siemens)

#69022 - 08/25/06 12:23 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
Rick Bruder  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 42
Hatboro, PA
If you talk to your vendor, he may be able to set you up with a contract pricing from Cutler Hammer. You would actually purchase the product cheaper than your vendor can. Cutler Hammer sets up a rebate program w/ the vendor in order to adjust his pricing. We actually purchase the "CH " panel very competitively w/ all the other brands.

Have a Blessed Day,
Rick Bruder

#69023 - 08/25/06 01:12 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
makokiller  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 51
millport, ny 14864
I didnt know people still bought cutler hammer anything...

#69024 - 08/25/06 02:34 PM Re: C-H CH Panel Value?  
ehill  Offline
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Posts: 27
Whelp, nobody locally wants to sell it for less than $850.

Anybody want to sell me one for a reasonable price?

The other question is... What other choices are there in a decent 200A, flush/semi-flush, all-in-one, w/ring?

I've poured over all the catalogs, and can't seem to find anything that fits the bill. Everybody seems to be making mostly garbage for residential.

The other issue, too. Is the availability of breakers long-term. If I go with a 1" breaker (from any manufacturer), I know in 50 years I'll be able to find breakers at a reasonable cost. But, will the same hold true with the 3/4" CH breakers? Don't know.

I could separate the main panel from the meter... Do a garbage all-in-one with a small (8/16) distribution section (local wants the main breaker outside)... Then, put a Sq D QO or C-H CH panel inside the garage. But, then I have to maintain clearance around the panel on that wall.


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