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I'm going to install a couple of MCC buckets that I 'modified' yesterday.

They are at the local sewer plant and the starters were Eaton A+ series. These are a basic across-the-line starter with a built-in electronic module of some sort.

The plant is about 10 years old and there are about a dozen of failed starters on the shelf. So, being true to my nature, I decided tho not just replace failed components but rather use known reliable parts to make the buckets last a bit longer.

The Eaton buckets now have Allen Bradley NEMA (509s) in them........
 

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I'm going to install a couple of MCC buckets that I 'modified' yesterday.

They are at the local sewer plant and the starters were Eaton A+ series. These are a basic across-the-line starter with a built-in electronic module of some sort.

The plant is about 10 years old and there are about a dozen of failed starters on the shelf. So, being true to my nature, I decided tho not just replace failed components but rather use known reliable parts to make the buckets last a bit longer.

The Eaton buckets now have Allen Bradley NEMA (509s) in them........
I have about 50-60 of those advantage+ cards in a box in my shop. A lot of them have bad caps. We replace about 1-2 a week and they are not cheap lol. Almost all of ours are the overload version with phase loss and ground fault. I have replaced a few that were only used as control for the contactor on some immersion heaters. Are the ones you have overload cards with the CTs on the board? These things are a racket.
 

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I'm going to install a couple of MCC buckets that I 'modified' yesterday.

They are at the local sewer plant and the starters were Eaton A+ series. These are a basic across-the-line starter with a built-in electronic module of some sort.

The plant is about 10 years old and there are about a dozen of failed starters on the shelf. So, being true to my nature, I decided tho not just replace failed components but rather use known reliable parts to make the buckets last a bit longer.

The Eaton buckets now have Allen Bradley NEMA (509s) in them........
It's always a good thing to have good spares on the shelf.
 
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I pretwist and then use wire nuts. Solder pots rule.
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Walking around, building to building, testing exit signs and emergency lights.
I use a modified old Swifter mop handle and can reach up about 20’. The tip is custom made for any style test button.
Beats being on a cold roof this morning.
 

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I have about 50-60 of those advantage+ cards in a box in my shop. A lot of them have bad caps. We replace about 1-2 a week and they are not cheap lol. Almost all of ours are the overload version with phase loss and ground fault. I have replaced a few that were only used as control for the contactor on some immersion heaters. Are the ones you have overload cards with the CTs on the board? These things are a racket.
Yes, they have the CTs on the board. The size 1 has 2 (A&C), the size 2 has all 3.

I don't remember which but one had a burnt up coil, the other apparently had a bad board.

They don't have the single-phasing or ground-fault options, just as basic as these starters can be.

The A/B 509s I replaced them with are generally on the spendy side but they were less $$$ than the A+. By quite a bit.......lol. 5 years down the road they'll be WAY less $$$........
 

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Had the day off and ordered parts for a robotic arm. There's a project I want to do with it, I've already thought of how to handle the more challenging aspects of the programming.

Said robot arm will likely sit on my desk collecting dust like most of my procrastinat--err, projects. That's okay, though, that's a problem for future-me to deal with. You see, future-me is the engineer who has to deal with all the problems and reality of my decisions, present-me is just the sales rep who makes easy promises because it sounds good.

Understandably, future-me is not much of a fan of present-me. Screw him, though, right? It's not like he'll ever get the chance to do anything about it.
 

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I had one of those.

Since the giraffe died can you use a picture of Art Bell winking at us for your avatar? :biggrin:

Oh yeah I'm working on reading another book. Snow is great thing just as long as I don't have to shovel it.
 
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