Generac 30-Amp Power Transfer Switch System (6-10 Circuits) - 6294

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Generac 30-Amp Power Transfer Switch System (6-10 Circuits) - 6294 - The Safest Way to Distribute Power To Your Home Eliminates dangerous backfeeds and electrical overloads Pre-Wired 30-Amp Manual Transfer Kit For 6-10 Circuits Interchangeable breakers make it easy to reconfigure or expand Power Hard-Wired Circuits
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Product Title Generac 30-Amp Power Transfer Switch System (6-10 Circuits) - 6294
Manufacturer Generac
Lowest Price $269.99 from Cabelas
Power Score 4.4 | 9 Reviews
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Easy to install.
5 Star Review   By Mikkel2412 on Home Depot - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Installation was easy. There is a nice assortment of breakers included with the package. About the only wiring you need to provide is between the transfer switch and the generator outlet. The outlet box, and cord are provided. In my case, I used 10/3 NM cable and brought it in through the back of the box. That way, the cable is never exposed to the weather, and I did not need to use UF cable. The one improvement I would like to see would be to have the wires that are pre-wired to the breakers to be labeled so you know what circuit is what. As it is, you have to tug on the wire to see what breaker it is attached to. (They run through a chunk of flex so you can not just trace them back.)

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Excellent alternative to extension cords
5 Star Review   By Tano on Home Depot - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I installed this switch on one of my panel’s right before Hurricane sandy hit. This switch allowed me to easily assign power to the most important rooms and appliances in the house without running extension cords all over. My power was out for over two weeks and I had no issue with the switch and it performed well. As for the instillation, the instructions were not that great and I was fortunate to have a neighbor who was an electrician help me install it. It comes with everything you need to install right out of the box, but it is a bit tricky. My suggestion is that you pay to have it installed and rest easy knowing it was done right. If you have a generator and don’t have a cutover switch like this, you are losing out on the fill capability of your generator. I powered the fridge, furnace and several rooms. If I had used cords I would have been tripping over them all the time.

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PRODUCT WAS WHAT I EXPECTED
4 Star Review   By ZOTZ1 on Home Depot - Jan 9, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

THE OUTSIDE OUTLET SHOULD HAVE AN ALL WEATHER COVER , OTHER THAN THAT EVERY THING ELSE WAS ALL RIGHT

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Got this just in Time for Sandy
5 Star Review   By Tano on Home Depot - Nov 16, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I had received this panel to review before Hurricane Sandy, and it could not have come at a better time. The unit can handle 10 circuits and comes with the outdoor panel and a jumper extension cord that runs from the generator and the box. I am pretty good with wiring electrical items, but I will say that if you use the instructions only and are not confident in your skills it will not be easy. I would suggest that you pay an electrician to wire the panel for you, it will be money well spent. If you do it wrong you will cause a lot of damage to your main and wiring pretty quickly, so please keep that in mind. The unit itself is pretty well made and comes with almost all you need to install the unit, the provided wires from the circuit box and the plug input are pretty short, and so you will have to give some thought regarding where the generator will reside and your ability to plug it in. I had to run my generator in my neighbor’s driveway which did not make them happy, but I let them run some cords off the unit which made it a lot more tolerable for both of us. I used a 6000 watt portable unit and was able to power a fair bit of my home for 5 days following Sandy. That included two furnaces, a refrigerator, and room lights for about two thirds of my house. Had I not installed this box I would have been forced to run several extension cords through the house and rewire two furnaces, than wire it back when the power came back on. If I never need this unit again it will have paid for itself in one long term use.

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Could use better instructions.
4 Star Review   By Mikkel2412 on Home Depot - Nov 1, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Over all, this transfer switch is a good product. Where it could use improvement is in the instructions. At places the instructions are written for a DIYer that has limited experience, but in others it assumes more knowledge. One area it does not cover is how to handle three wire circuits. It assumes that you are only transferring two wire circuits to the transfer switch. These require special attention to make sure you keep them on the same phase. Another area that needs improvement is the marking of the wires. The breakers in the transfer switch come prewired. But there is not any markings to let you know what wire is connected to each breaker, so you have to tug on the wires to identify what breaker controls the circuit you have transfered. You have to provide your own wiring from the transfer switch to the generator inlet box. But this is to be expected, because there is not way to know the length, or wiring method that will be used. On the plus side, they do include nice touches like a mounting template for the transfer switch. They also include ENT to go between the panel and the switch, and the wire nuts to make the splices. The wires from the transfer switch are long enough to make it easy to do your wiring in the electrical panel. A cord is included to go from the inlet box to the generator. This is a nice touch. The instructions cover possible modifications needed to the portable generator if it is configured for use on a job site. They also include instructions for safe transferring of the load from to the generator and back to normal power. They point out that you have to run the generator monthly, under load, to keep it in good operating condition.

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Good Switch Design But Wrong Box for Outdoor Receptacle
3 Star Review   By soldbydon on Home Depot - Oct 31, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Nice kit that included the hookup wires and most connectors for installation; well-thought out to keep you from having to run around Home Depot looking for attachment parts. But somebody wasn't paying attention to the probable application when they included a receptacle connection box for your generator cord that can't be used outdoors, since it does not have a flip cover over the exposed receptacle - it's only a NEMA-1 type indoor box, and of course you'll be using your generator outdoors. Even the sketch on the instructions shows the box being mounted to an outside wall and there is a comment stating that the box keeps you from having to run a generator cord through a window. Really? Not if the box has to be mounted on an inside wall. You'll likely need to purchase the other receptacle box that is available but not included in this kit. I'd have given this kit a 5 star rating if it weren't for the receptacle box problem.

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a good all-round kit
4 Star Review   By mixmox on Home Depot - Oct 30, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

If you are looking for a clean solution for adding a portable generator to your house wiring this will do it for you and can easily be installed by a competent DIY homeowner. The box acts as a 'sub panel' through which a set of house circuits will always flow. It includes two mechanically connected breakers that switch the power source to be either from your house main panel through a 60A breaker, or from the generator through a 30A breaker. (See picture.) This means you have to decide when you install this, which 6 circuits you will be able to power from your generator. The kit is very complete, the installation is straightforward and easy. It even includes the wire nuts needed to connect the wires together. What it does not include is the 60A breaker that is needed in your house load center, and this is not included because you need to have the one that matches your existing distribution panel so that makes perfect sense. Also included is a good heavy cable to go from the generator to the supplied external wall socket. You need to supply the 10/3 cable from the external socket to the transfer switch. In other words, everything that could be supplied is in the box. Instructions are clear and includes a template for mounting the box next to your distribution panel. The wires from the transfer switch to the load center are all labeled and color coded (look for the matching code such as 'B4' on the wire which corresponds to the 'B1' breaker). If one is looking for more flexibility one could also consider an interlock kit that attaches to your load center and feeding the generator power back through a 30A breaker. That approach allows you to select any circuits to be powered as needed instead of the 6 you selected at install time, (so long as their combined power demand is less than the generator capacity).

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Powering medium to small loads from a generator
5 Star Review   By RednexToys on Home Depot - Oct 29, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I want to preference this review by stating: Know your limits with electrical wiring! Though the instructions are thorough yet not sparing/excessive in detail, the installation does require some general knowledge of wiring and handling of electricity. Check your local codes and requirements prior to installation. The kit is well made and includes a majority of what is needed for installation. You will need further tools and materials to install! I highly recommend that you download the ‘Generac Installation and Operating Instructions’ available as a free PDF download on the Home Depot website prior to installation. The job can be completed in one day with the proper planning, tools and materials on-hand. Once installed, the kit allows for backup power to necessary circuits throughout your house. The dual wattmeters allow you to monitor your power consumption prolonging generator life.

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Good Product
5 Star Review   By HW79 on Home Depot - Aug 8, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Good Product and electrician said it will be an easy install very happy with the ship time also

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Generac 30-Amp Power Transfer Switch System (6-10 Circuits) - 6294 - The Safest Way to Distribute Power To Your Home Eliminates dangerous backfeeds and electrical overloads Pre-Wired 30-Amp Manual Transfer Kit For 6-10 Circuits Interchangeable breakers make it easy to reconfigure or expand Power Hard-Wired Circuits
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Product Title Generac 30-Amp Power Transfer Switch System (6-10 Circuits) - 6294
Manufacturer Generac
Lowest Price $269.99 from Cabelas
Power Score 4.4 | 9 Reviews
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Easy to install.
5 Star Review   By Mikkel2412 on Home Depot - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Installation was easy. There is a nice assortment of breakers included with the package. About the only wiring you need to provide is between the transfer switch and the generator outlet. The outlet box, and cord are provided. In my case, I used 10/3 NM cable and brought it in through the back of the box. That way, the cable is never exposed to the weather, and I did not need to use UF cable. The one improvement I would like to see would be to have the wires that are pre-wired to the breakers to be labeled so you know what circuit is what. As it is, you have to tug on the wire to see what breaker it is attached to. (They run through a chunk of flex so you can not just trace them back.)

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Excellent alternative to extension cords
5 Star Review   By Tano on Home Depot - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I installed this switch on one of my panel’s right before Hurricane sandy hit. This switch allowed me to easily assign power to the most important rooms and appliances in the house without running extension cords all over. My power was out for over two weeks and I had no issue with the switch and it performed well. As for the instillation, the instructions were not that great and I was fortunate to have a neighbor who was an electrician help me install it. It comes with everything you need to install right out of the box, but it is a bit tricky. My suggestion is that you pay to have it installed and rest easy knowing it was done right. If you have a generator and don’t have a cutover switch like this, you are losing out on the fill capability of your generator. I powered the fridge, furnace and several rooms. If I had used cords I would have been tripping over them all the time.

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PRODUCT WAS WHAT I EXPECTED
4 Star Review   By ZOTZ1 on Home Depot - Jan 9, 2013    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

THE OUTSIDE OUTLET SHOULD HAVE AN ALL WEATHER COVER , OTHER THAN THAT EVERY THING ELSE WAS ALL RIGHT

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Got this just in Time for Sandy
5 Star Review   By Tano on Home Depot - Nov 16, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I had received this panel to review before Hurricane Sandy, and it could not have come at a better time. The unit can handle 10 circuits and comes with the outdoor panel and a jumper extension cord that runs from the generator and the box. I am pretty good with wiring electrical items, but I will say that if you use the instructions only and are not confident in your skills it will not be easy. I would suggest that you pay an electrician to wire the panel for you, it will be money well spent. If you do it wrong you will cause a lot of damage to your main and wiring pretty quickly, so please keep that in mind. The unit itself is pretty well made and comes with almost all you need to install the unit, the provided wires from the circuit box and the plug input are pretty short, and so you will have to give some thought regarding where the generator will reside and your ability to plug it in. I had to run my generator in my neighbor’s driveway which did not make them happy, but I let them run some cords off the unit which made it a lot more tolerable for both of us. I used a 6000 watt portable unit and was able to power a fair bit of my home for 5 days following Sandy. That included two furnaces, a refrigerator, and room lights for about two thirds of my house. Had I not installed this box I would have been forced to run several extension cords through the house and rewire two furnaces, than wire it back when the power came back on. If I never need this unit again it will have paid for itself in one long term use.

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Could use better instructions.
4 Star Review   By Mikkel2412 on Home Depot - Nov 1, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Over all, this transfer switch is a good product. Where it could use improvement is in the instructions. At places the instructions are written for a DIYer that has limited experience, but in others it assumes more knowledge. One area it does not cover is how to handle three wire circuits. It assumes that you are only transferring two wire circuits to the transfer switch. These require special attention to make sure you keep them on the same phase. Another area that needs improvement is the marking of the wires. The breakers in the transfer switch come prewired. But there is not any markings to let you know what wire is connected to each breaker, so you have to tug on the wires to identify what breaker controls the circuit you have transfered. You have to provide your own wiring from the transfer switch to the generator inlet box. But this is to be expected, because there is not way to know the length, or wiring method that will be used. On the plus side, they do include nice touches like a mounting template for the transfer switch. They also include ENT to go between the panel and the switch, and the wire nuts to make the splices. The wires from the transfer switch are long enough to make it easy to do your wiring in the electrical panel. A cord is included to go from the inlet box to the generator. This is a nice touch. The instructions cover possible modifications needed to the portable generator if it is configured for use on a job site. They also include instructions for safe transferring of the load from to the generator and back to normal power. They point out that you have to run the generator monthly, under load, to keep it in good operating condition.

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Good Switch Design But Wrong Box for Outdoor Receptacle
3 Star Review   By soldbydon on Home Depot - Oct 31, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Nice kit that included the hookup wires and most connectors for installation; well-thought out to keep you from having to run around Home Depot looking for attachment parts. But somebody wasn't paying attention to the probable application when they included a receptacle connection box for your generator cord that can't be used outdoors, since it does not have a flip cover over the exposed receptacle - it's only a NEMA-1 type indoor box, and of course you'll be using your generator outdoors. Even the sketch on the instructions shows the box being mounted to an outside wall and there is a comment stating that the box keeps you from having to run a generator cord through a window. Really? Not if the box has to be mounted on an inside wall. You'll likely need to purchase the other receptacle box that is available but not included in this kit. I'd have given this kit a 5 star rating if it weren't for the receptacle box problem.

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a good all-round kit
4 Star Review   By mixmox on Home Depot - Oct 30, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

If you are looking for a clean solution for adding a portable generator to your house wiring this will do it for you and can easily be installed by a competent DIY homeowner. The box acts as a 'sub panel' through which a set of house circuits will always flow. It includes two mechanically connected breakers that switch the power source to be either from your house main panel through a 60A breaker, or from the generator through a 30A breaker. (See picture.) This means you have to decide when you install this, which 6 circuits you will be able to power from your generator. The kit is very complete, the installation is straightforward and easy. It even includes the wire nuts needed to connect the wires together. What it does not include is the 60A breaker that is needed in your house load center, and this is not included because you need to have the one that matches your existing distribution panel so that makes perfect sense. Also included is a good heavy cable to go from the generator to the supplied external wall socket. You need to supply the 10/3 cable from the external socket to the transfer switch. In other words, everything that could be supplied is in the box. Instructions are clear and includes a template for mounting the box next to your distribution panel. The wires from the transfer switch to the load center are all labeled and color coded (look for the matching code such as 'B4' on the wire which corresponds to the 'B1' breaker). If one is looking for more flexibility one could also consider an interlock kit that attaches to your load center and feeding the generator power back through a 30A breaker. That approach allows you to select any circuits to be powered as needed instead of the 6 you selected at install time, (so long as their combined power demand is less than the generator capacity).

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Powering medium to small loads from a generator
5 Star Review   By RednexToys on Home Depot - Oct 29, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

I want to preference this review by stating: Know your limits with electrical wiring! Though the instructions are thorough yet not sparing/excessive in detail, the installation does require some general knowledge of wiring and handling of electricity. Check your local codes and requirements prior to installation. The kit is well made and includes a majority of what is needed for installation. You will need further tools and materials to install! I highly recommend that you download the ‘Generac Installation and Operating Instructions’ available as a free PDF download on the Home Depot website prior to installation. The job can be completed in one day with the proper planning, tools and materials on-hand. Once installed, the kit allows for backup power to necessary circuits throughout your house. The dual wattmeters allow you to monitor your power consumption prolonging generator life.

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Good Product
5 Star Review   By HW79 on Home Depot - Aug 8, 2012    ( See more reviews from Home Depot )

Good Product and electrician said it will be an easy install very happy with the ship time also

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