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Old 03-15-17, 10:49 AM
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Be happy you have an "economy" panel. Back then Murray wasn't very good at making 150+ amp main breakers. Lots of stories about these breakers failing and if the bus wasn't burned people searching for $250 replacements.

(Arrow Hart bought Murray who sold to Crouse-Hinds who sold to Cooper who sold to Siemens or something like that)

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Old 03-16-17, 09:20 AM
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I haven't priced Main breakers--are 6 big 2-pole breakers cheaper than one Main?
 
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Old 03-16-17, 12:56 PM
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The small 2-pole for range, dryer, a/c, water heater are priced fairly cheap - all of which you would need to buy regardless of being a split-bus or single bus panel. So altogether it would be the same number of breakers either way. The difference would be the panel's "main" breaker as a large conventional single bus panel needs a large (150,200) main breaker. A split bus panel could ship with one 60 amp breaker for the lighting and appliance section. A 200 amp breaker was and is a whole lot more than a 60. Also twice as big.
 
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Old 03-20-17, 09:39 AM
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I haven't priced Main breakers--are 6 big 2-pole breakers cheaper than one Main?
Generally all 2 pole breakers through 60 amp are the same price, about $8 - $9 each.
 
 

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