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)
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.
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.