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#8530 03/24/02 12:37 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 246
rmiell Offline OP
I need info on preferred brands of 480/277v, 3-phase switchgear. Buss will be rated 2000a, and will consist of 6 or less switches, probably 2 800amp, 2 400 amp, and maybe 2 200a disconnects.

Any brand preferred over other? What about normal time for delivery?


Rick Miell

#8531 03/24/02 08:18 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 95
I'm partial to Square D, maybe just because I was raised around it.

We built a new plant 3 years ago and used a similar set up as you mentioned. The main came in at 1200 amps and used the six subdivsion rule without a main breaker. We had six similar sizes. It seems to me the lead time at first was 12 to 14 weeks. But we pleaded with e supplier and paid some upcharges and got it down to 35 days.

We used all Square D load centers and transformers also.

Wish I had some pictures.

Lighting the way
#8532 03/24/02 02:01 PM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 507
what joe said!

FWIW on our most recent bid. Switchgear quotes were.

SqD 45k
GE 41k
ITE 40k

If we win the bid we will install ITE.....even though we would prefer to use SqD.


#8533 03/24/02 07:23 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
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I'm not really partial to any, but I will give an edge to GE and Square D.

Square D'logical Regards,

The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
#8534 06/16/02 10:47 PM
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rmiell Offline OP
To follow-up on my 1st post, we went with Sq. D. Cost was around $6000, with a 7 week delivery date. For $2500 more, the delivery date could have been 4 weeks. We paid for the early delivery, tho, after the 4 week time period with no equipment delivered, we found out that the 4 week was manufacture time, not delivery time, so we had to wait an additional 7 days.

All in all, for the price, and quality of equipment, it was worth it.

Rick Miell

#8535 06/16/02 11:22 PM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 257
Square D, I believe, has an edge in the quality department but we use all GE because it's readily available in our area and SqD isn't.

As for ITE. We have serviced a lot of problems with ITE equipment and even when you install a bolt-in breaker in an ITE panel you have to be VERY careful not to strip out the buss. And why don't they include the screws with the breakers...?!

GE doesen't have the quality of SqD, but who does? We've had no quality problems with the GE and our supplier can usually get us any size panel board within 5 weeks. They say 4 weeks lead time and 1 week shipping time. You can fast track the equipment but its expensive. (about 1.5 X the cost)

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