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Briggs & Stratton  7500 watt 6 circuit Transfer Kit

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Load Manager™ safely manages power between utility line and generator. All-weather power inlet box mounts outside home and is wired to the Load Manager™. 10 ft. power cord. Outside inlet box.

Added on October 21, 2010

 

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HurricaneDan

, Florida

Jul 4 , 2007
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Great Transfer Switch - but difficult installation

I purchased this at the same time I bought the Briggs & Stratton 7,000 watt All-in-One Home Generator System, because that was the recommended transfer switch. But later found out you could use any transfer switch with the Generator, or could use any generator with this switch. They are both basically independent products. On the plus side: This switch is very high quality. It uses Cutler-Hammer components and panels. This is a very high quality commercial quality product. Also, unlike most transfer switches, this is more of a sub-panel type of system that hangs off the main panel. Also, most transfer switches for the rating of generator (7,000 watt / 30 amp) only have 15-amp and 20-amp breakers for the transfered circuits. This only allows for the essentials like lights and refrigerators. However, this transfer switch also has a 2 pole 30-amp circuit. So, you can add one large appliance to it. I added the electric hot water heater. On the negatives: Since this transfer switch is kind of a sub-panel design, it takes more hours of labor to install compared to the standard type of transfer switches. Also, you have to purchase a 50-amp double pole breaker for the main panel, then connect that to the transfer switch. Also, this unit has NO wiring whatsoever, except for the 10 foot generator cable. That means you have to buy the 50-amp breaker, and ALL the wiring needed. Most standard type transfer switches are pre-wired. Which means less work, and no extra purchase of wire. Cooper is expensive these days. It cost about $8 for the 50-amp breaker, and about $45 for cooper wire needed. So, keep in mind you need to add about 60 bucks for materials for this transfer switch above and beyond the cost for a standard transfer switch. However, this negative during short-term installation process turns into a positive for the long-term. Because the sub-panel design is much better in the long run. Also, the installation manuals are not very user-friendly. They seem to be written for an experience electrician that can install it just based on the wiring diagram. There is no step-by-step instructions like you find on many other transfer switches. Total time it took me to install this was about 6 hours. An experienced electrician could probably do it in about 4 hours. But regardless of experience, this thing is going to take some time to install. Unless you are a real serious home do-it-youselfer, then you might have to get this installed by an electrician. This installation is not for the typical weekend do-it-yourselfer. If you are that kind of do-it-yourselfer, then you might want to look at some of the other transfer kits that Sears sells, they would be twice as easy to install, and would have everything you need right out of the box. You wouldn't need to buy the extra 50-amp breaker and wire. And instructions would be easy to follow step-by-step directions.


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HurricaneDan

, Florida

Jul 4 , 2007
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Great Transfer Switch - but difficult installation

I purchased this at the same time I bought the Briggs & Stratton 7,000 watt All-in-One Home Generator System, because that was the recommended transfer switch. But later found out you could use any transfer switch with the Generator, or could use any generator with this switch. They are both basically independent products. On the plus side: This switch is very high quality. It uses Cutler-Hammer components and panels. This is a very high quality commercial quality product. Also, unlike most transfer switches, this is more of a sub-panel type of system that hangs off the main panel. Also, most transfer switches for the rating of generator (7,000 watt / 30 amp) only have 15-amp and 20-amp breakers for the transfered circuits. This only allows for the essentials like lights and refrigerators. However, this transfer switch also has a 2 pole 30-amp circuit. So, you can add one large appliance to it. I added the electric hot water heater. On the negatives: Since this transfer switch is kind of a sub-panel design, it takes more hours of labor to install compared to the standard type of transfer switches. Also, you have to purchase a 50-amp double pole breaker for the main panel, then connect that to the transfer switch. Also, this unit has NO wiring whatsoever, except for the 10 foot generator cable. That means you have to buy the 50-amp breaker, and ALL the wiring needed. Most standard type transfer switches are pre-wired. Which means less work, and no extra purchase of wire. Cooper is expensive these days. It cost about $8 for the 50-amp breaker, and about $45 for cooper wire needed. So, keep in mind you need to add about 60 bucks for materials for this transfer switch above and beyond the cost for a standard transfer switch. However, this negative during short-term installation process turns into a positive for the long-term. Because the sub-panel design is much better in the long run. Also, the installation manuals are not very user-friendly. They seem to be written for an experience electrician that can install it just based on the wiring diagram. There is no step-by-step instructions like you find on many other transfer switches. Total time it took me to install this was about 6 hours. An experienced electrician could probably do it in about 4 hours. But regardless of experience, this thing is going to take some time to install. Unless you are a real serious home do-it-youselfer, then you might have to get this installed by an electrician. This installation is not for the typical weekend do-it-yourselfer. If you are that kind of do-it-yourselfer, then you might want to look at some of the other transfer kits that Sears sells, they would be twice as easy to install, and would have everything you need right out of the box. You wouldn't need to buy the extra 50-amp breaker and wire. And instructions would be easy to follow step-by-step directions.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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