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Old 11-30-2011, 12:35 AM   #11
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I did notice that contactors are more pricey that I thought. Is anyone using a heavy duty switch without them ? How safe/scary is that ?
I don't like the idea of 5500 watts going thru the switch I touch, but up to you. FWIW I got my two 120V coil 40A 240V contactors off of amazon for $15, total for the pair, incl shipping.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:05 AM   #12
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I did notice that contactors are more pricey that I thought. Is anyone using a heavy duty switch without them ? How safe/scary is that ?
I just ordered this one DP Contactor by VALUE BRAND - Magnetic Contactors by Zoro Tools Industrial Supplies It is 50A for $15, $20 with shipping. You can get a 30A from the same place for $12
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:01 AM   #13
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Man I need to do some more research on these bits and pieces !!
Going to need an empty cardboard box and a checklist for this stuff

I was just going to put in one order at Auber and one at Grainger.. It seems like I can save alot of cash piecing it out online.

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Old 11-30-2011, 03:04 AM   #14
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Do you have a link Shorty ? I found these ..

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Old 11-30-2011, 04:10 AM   #15
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I got my contactors from auberins. They may not be as cheap as eBay, but you know you are getting a good product from a good company. I was ordering my PID and other stuff from them anyways. They are $15.50 each for the 30 amp 120v coil.

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:00 AM   #16
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That's a point.. it might be cheaper overall to combine shipping from one place than a lower price plus shipping individually..

I'm also considering switching out the HLT -- BK switch and lights with the single round switch that seems to be more common..

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:22 AM   #17
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Search "c230b 2 pole" on Amazon, there are some for $4.64 with $4.99 shipping... Works out to less than $15 total for 2 because they combine shipping. I'm on my phone so I can't copy the link out of the amazon app.

BTW, they look identical to the ones auberins.com has.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:17 AM   #18
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So I went to our local wholesale electronics warehouse, and although I'll get a bunch of supplies there, I ended up getting some of the parts on ebay.

These contactors

This SSR and heatsink

and a few of these lights for the toggles


Any glaring problems there ??

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Old 12-02-2011, 05:33 AM   #19
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Looks good to me.

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Old 12-02-2011, 06:54 AM   #20
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Great ! I figure I'll buy the toggles, heat shrink, etc from the local guys, but come on - $12 for a chinese SSR and heatsink vs $80 for a chinese SSR (without heatsink) from the local guys ??

Shorty - Although the wife might send you hate mail, I'm gonna mail you a beer for egging me on

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