some time back (fall?) there was a discussion about preferences for residential service panelboards....someone was recommending a Cutler Hammer model....now that I've finally bitten the bullet and purchased my own home I want to install a new service but cannot find that thread about the Cutler Hammer panels...? can someone point me to that thread or re-recommend some of those models? thanx for any help.
Dana: Can't direct you to the thread, but... IMHO, if it's my house..Square D: QO, 200 amp, 40 circuit. CH isn't bad, but now it's "Challenger" with a CH label..they are merged. PS: Good luck with the house, and congrats. John
#20888 - 01/24/0312:31 AMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
thanx guys - I've always preferred Sq. D for all my commercial work, but that thread seemed to indicate CH was doing some cutting edge work with 'smart homes', etc....just wanted to looked into it a little closer.
#20890 - 01/24/0301:29 AMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
Are you looking for a Combination Service Entrance Device or just a load center? In general I like the Square D CSED's over Cutler Hammers. I'm located not far from you and have a pretty good feel of what equipment is locally stocked and worth buying. Let me know exactly what you looking for and I'll be happy to give you my input.
#20891 - 01/24/0303:50 PMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
I allways put in the Murray brand myself. Good luck with your house. The next one I do for myself, I think I would go with a good brand and copper bus. They look good and you know you have a good connection. I may start to use them also for the Business.
#20892 - 01/24/0303:57 PMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
I'm with Hotline - SQD QO 200 amp - 40 space 40 circuit value pack - 183 bucks at Big Orange - hey - gotta go where the deal is...my supplier can't seem to get it - they are still telling me there is no such thing - LOL!
#20893 - 01/24/0304:47 PMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
Just a "FYI", I didn't mention the "Big Orange". For what it's worth, I'm a loyal customer of two local electrical supply houses. And, yes, I shop at "Big Orange" for things for my home, but not electrical supplies. Yes, in a "pinch" my guys will go there to get minor items, if they need it, and the "house" isn't in practical driving distance.
The supply houses have been good to me for many years, and the pricing seems to be OK. "Big Orange" and "Big Blue" (the "lower one") are driving most of the "local mom and pop" places out of business. "Orange's" prices seem to have crept up around here, as there is very little competition, time will tell if "lower" (Blue) will cause a stir.
#20894 - 01/24/0307:02 PMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
The value packs are only available at the big box stores.
In Square D's infinite marketing wisdom full-line electical distributors do not have access to them. Same thing goes with pricing, big boxes can have low every day pricing but a full-line distributor needs to have a contract/negotiation.
#20895 - 01/24/0307:38 PMRe: Cutler Hammer - res panelboard
Is Square D still making QO Combination Services? My suppliers have told me that the Sq D Combi services have all gone to the Homeline. (are they pulling my leg?)
The (larger)C-H semiflush UG combinations I've used have had one big flaw. The utility conduit KO will cause your service lateral to come up about 1-1/2" outside the wall framing. Kinda tough here in the world of stucco depth of 1", without a "popout" to cover it. If you've got a chance to buy a QO combi-service, jump on it.