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Old 08-29-2013, 09:46 PM   #21
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The ones from nationalram are plexiglass. I just used one. They work fine but they look and feel cheap.
I'm starting to re-think this. Is it so cheap looking that it would be worth the $95 more for the interlockkit.com model?
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:52 PM   #22
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I'm starting to re-think this. Is it so cheap looking that it would be worth the $95 more for the interlockkit.com model?
It depends which one really. The one for the 200 amp vertical throw main was ok but the one for the back to back 100's in the seimans murray br was really bad.
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It depends which one really. The one for the 200 amp vertical throw main was ok but the one for the back to back 100's in the seimans murray br was really bad.
http://natramelec.com/genswitch/ge/ge4/ge4.htm


I've used a lot of the interlockkit.com ones and they have all been very nice looking and designed well. I'm not sure if it's worth $95 more or not. The metal interlock does look better...
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The plastic ones work. Personally tho for what I'm charging I feel better spending the extra $95
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Yeah, sorry, that was a reach. It's just when someone mentioned it was plexiglass, i imagined it rotting away, breaking, and the HO forgetting to open the main.
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Yeah, sorry, that was a reach. It's just when someone mentioned it was plexiglass, i imagined it rotting away, breaking, and the HO forgetting to open the main.
Ok, I thought you were saying no interlock was being used.

I dunno. A few people recommended the National Ram interlocks, I can't find anything negative about them in my searching. It's already on it's way here, I guess I'll see how it looks in real life.

I'd definitely rather use the metal interlockkit.com mode, but that $95 is pure profit and I am a greedy bastard.
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3xdad, you'll be happy, I picked up the interlockkit.com model today.

There is a local store that sells the interlockkit.com interlocks, it's great because I could get any model I need and install the generator connection the same day I sell it instead of having to wait a week. The price is still $149.99, you save $15 in shipping but pay $10 in tax plus probably $5 in gas to pick it up so it evens out.
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Hack, where do they sell them?
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Hack, where do they sell them?
Tool Town on Route 17 in Paramus.

There is this secondary company that does generator installations and other stuff out of Tool Town called http://prosecureservices.com/

I guess they teamed up. The Tool Town guy said that the guys from Pro Secure Services are never around because they are out doing installations, but there are shelves full of interlocks.
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Awesome, thanks!

I just passed by there the other day but told myself not to go in haha
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I don't see any difference if the price is more on some brands, when the customer is the one paying for it.....
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I don't see any difference if the price is more on some brands, when the customer is the one paying for it.....
It's like selling a customer a service change based on the price of a QO panel, but then installing a Homeline panel instead. That $200+ difference is pure profit.

When I sell a generator connection I always base the price off of the interlockkit.com price ($165), which is the highest. When I get back to the "office" I will look it up and see if there is a cheaper version, often the manufacturer offers an interlock for their panel and the cost is lower than the interlockkit.com model. More money in my pocket.

This time I went with another brand that was almost $100 cheaper. But after a couple days of thinking about it and what other people said, it seems as if the lower quality will be apparent and it's not worth the $100 (at least not for this customer).

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It's like selling a customer a service change based on the price of a QO panel, but then installing a Homeline panel instead. That $200+ difference is pure profit.
I feel so much better now about selling a customer a 110 CFM fan but actually purchasing an 80 CFM because they changed the order saying they wanted a Heater with the fan.
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I feel so much better now about selling a customer a 110 CFM fan but actually purchasing an 80 CFM because they changed the order saying they wanted a Heater with the fan.
If I specified something specific during the estimate, I wouldn't deceive them and install something lesser.

In the instance of this thread, the only thing I have sold them is a safe way to connect a generator to their house.
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