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Old 02-07-2015, 06:29 AM   #1
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I've been using Siemens for the past ten years or so. My local wholesaler is offering GE at a fantastic price; 200 amp main breaker, 40 circuit, copper bus for $50. You have to buy a minimum of ten. 100 amp main breaker, 20 circuit, copper bus is $20. These prices are more than 50% off the Siemens panels

I'm thinking about buying the GE, enough to last a year, about 50 panels. Circuit breaker prices are about the same.
What's your experience with GE panels?
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I've used both for years, don't really see a phenomenal difference in quality. I like the GE afci's soley because they're smaller to where i can still see the N-bar when they're installed......~CS~
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Don't go for GE, they suck and are practically today's FPE. Siemens is nice along with Homeline, both brands I trust and use with no problem.
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I've been using Siemens for the past ten years or so. My local wholesaler is offering GE at a fantastic price; 200 amp main breaker, 40 circuit, copper bus for $50. You have to buy a minimum of ten. 100 amp main breaker, 20 circuit, copper bus is $20. These prices are more than 50% off the Siemens panels

I'm thinking about buying the GE, enough to last a year, about 50 panels. Circuit breaker prices are about the same.
What's your experience with GE panels?
I haven't had any issues with the GE panel or circuit breakers. We've been installing GE for about 10 years now. The single pole AFCI a breakers can be used as a two pole AFCI breaker.
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Don't go for GE, they suck and are practically today's FPE. Siemens is nice along with Homeline, both brands I trust and use with no problem.
Show us some documentation.
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I've been using Siemens for the past ten years or so. My local wholesaler is offering GE at a fantastic price; 200 amp main breaker, 40 circuit, copper bus for $50. You have to buy a minimum of ten. 100 amp main breaker, 20 circuit, copper bus is $20. These prices are more than 50% off the Siemens panels

I'm thinking about buying the GE, enough to last a year, about 50 panels. Circuit breaker prices are about the same.
What's your experience with GE panels?
We are close, Scott Electric, got the same flyer. I don't use GE but it is a nice deal.
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Show us some documentation.
Certainly you wont find any, but hey, if this was 1970 and I said FPE is cheating on UL testing you would say the same thing and with that you would win only the argument.


Of course GE isn't anywhere near as bad as FPE, but trust me when I say quality control is something could be better. And those soft screws suck.
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Certainly you wont find any, but hey, if this was 1970 and I said FPE is cheating on UL testing you would say the same thing and with that you would win only the argument.


Of course GE isn't anywhere near as bad as FPE, but trust me when I say quality control is something could be better. And those soft screws suck.
So, no documentation just an opinion.
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So, no documentation just an opinion.
In your mind yes.
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I think you'd be a fool to pass up a deal like that. I have my misgivings about GE but for that price, I would use GE all day long.
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And those soft screws suck.
Come to think of it, even if one applies the right size sq drive, they are a pita.....~CS~
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Come to think of it, even if one applies the right size sq drive, they are a pita.....~CS~
My gripe exactly.
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We are close, Scott Electric, got the same flyer. I don't use GE but it is a nice deal.
Yes, Scott Electric. Deal good until Feb. 28.
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Come to think of it, even if one applies the right size sq drive, they are a pita.....~CS~
Plus the floppy nuetral bars are maddening. I have installed just enough GE stuff to realize I hate it and would never spec it. The only redeeming features of GE are the galvanized tub and the fact it is an American owned company. If they dropped the trip curve a bit and used normal nuetral bars I would slap it in all day long. Since they dont, I'll stick to the plug-on nuetral ready Square D QO and Homoline.
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Plus the floppy nuetral bars are maddening. I have installed just enough GE stuff to realize I hate it and would never spec it. The only redeeming features of GE are the galvanized tub and the fact it is an American owned company. If they dropped the trip curve a bit and used normal nuetral bars I would slap it in all day long. Since they dont, I'll stick to the plug-on nuetral ready Square D QO and Homoline.
Other redeeming qualities about GE: copper bus, panels made in USA. Breakers are "Assembled in the Dominican Rebuplic from USA components."

But yeah, you can't beat Square D. They're miles ahead of everyone else, in my opinion.
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Plus the floppy nuetral bars are maddening. I have installed just enough GE stuff to realize I hate it and would never spec it. The only redeeming features of GE are the galvanized tub and the fact it is an American owned company. If they dropped the trip curve a bit and used normal nuetral bars I would slap it in all day long. Since they dont, I'll stick to the plug-on nuetral ready Square D QO and Homoline.

And bumped up the quality control and wouldn't mind them. Ive gotten breakers with stripped threads right out of the box.


Homeline is close to half the cost in total but 5x the quality. Never seen a defective breaker or something strip.
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Other redeeming qualities about GE: copper bus, panels made in USA. Breakers are "Assembled in the Dominican Rebuplic from USA components."

But yeah, you can't beat Square D. They're miles ahead of everyone else, in my opinion.
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Plus the floppy nuetral bars are maddening..
Nuthin worse than a floppy noodle GC.....~CS~
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Certainly you wont find any, but hey, if this was 1970 and I said FPE is cheating on UL testing you would say the same thing and with that you would win only the argument.


Of course GE isn't anywhere near as bad as FPE, but trust me when I say quality control is something could be better. And those soft screws suck.
And I say you don't know what you are talking about. I have used GE- reluctantly in the beginning- for 15 or more years. I will take that panel over any other especially since their afci cause one tenth the trouble that I see with other brands. I have had no issues with GE.

Cutler Hammer seems to be everyones favorite but I have had more issue with them than any other panel.

If we had that deal here I would scarf it up. I can't believe that it is only $50.
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And I say you don't know what you are talking about. I have used GE- reluctantly in the beginning- for 15 or more years. I will take that panel over any other especially since their afci cause one tenth the trouble that I see with other brands. I have had no issues with GE.

Cutler Hammer seems to be everyones favorite but I have had more issue with them than any other panel.

If we had that deal here I would scarf it up. I can't believe that it is only $50.

I say some see more than others.

Starting with the side effects of elevated trip curves:

http://paceforensic.com/pdfs/Circuit..._of_Safety.pdf
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