With a generator that small, I'm assuming this is for a house? At 240V, that's about 60A, which isn't a whole lot. Does it need to be automatic? You could find a manual transfer switch for much cheaper, I'm sure.
[This message has been edited by SteveFehr (edited 11-08-2006).]
It does need to be automatic. The generator is auto start.
It came to mind that the switch might need to be generator specific. As in, a Cutler Hammer switch will only work with CH generators... Or GE with GE , etc.
He wants the whole panel powered. He currently has a 12 circuit ATS... but like I said wants the whole panel powered.
Sounds to me if this guys wants his whole panel fired up automaticaly, then he needs the Service Rated, 200a ATS... and we might only be able to get it from the generator manufacturer.. if its generator specific.
Does that sound about right?
[This message has been edited by Trick440 (edited 11-08-2006).]
Going cheap on a transfer switch is a bad idea.Try kato light they have a big selection.Do they sell them on here?I prefer russellelectric myself.However that would be a huge overkill for a home.I have installed the generac switches in homes.Nothing automatic is going to be cheap price wise anyway.
I don't think I've ever installed a transfer switch that was made by the generator maker. probably the leader in this field is the company with the unlikely name of "Automatic Switch Company," or ASCO (Not to be confused with the valves of the same name).
Your supply house should be able to put you in touch with a rep. The switch company will help you select the switch, and could very well have someone there to inspect it before you power it up.
Even if you don't need to break a PoCo seal, you really need to get your PoCo 'in the loop.' They will make the appropriate notes, so as to limit the risk to their linemen.
The generator rep ought to also fill you in as to noise, and the regular exercising of the genny. My customers run theirs, weekly. Some transfer the load at this time, others have "load banks" (glorified toasters) that are used. And -trust me on this- noise is a BIG issue. Get the mufler kit!