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    Default Old School Panels....help

    Mid 70's property....found a few electrical surprises (aside from the 5 Stab Lock Panels) installed. Ran across what looks like a distribution panel with a lever (img 700)...not sure....would greatly appreciate help with this...also above this panel there appeared another panel a fuse and a green start button at the panel cover (img 702 and 704 are of the same panel)....what is this?

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    Sorry....images 704 and 706 are of the same panel......

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    Default Re: Old School Panels....help

    Picture 700 is a disconnect.

    Picture 704 looks to be a contactor. The light might be to show when the contactor is on.

    All answers based on unamended National Electrical codes.

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    Default Re: Old School Panels....help

    When in doubt, Google the manufacturer.

    Furnas Controls | Furnas Electric Controls: Motor Starters, Contactors, Overload Relays and Pushbuttons

    What Jim didn't explain is that a contactor is a motor start switch.

    There might be some flaky connections in there with double taps and so on. Not enough detail in the pics to say for sure.

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    Default Re: Old School Panels....help

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    When in doubt, Google the manufacturer.

    Furnas Controls | Furnas Electric Controls: Motor Starters, Contactors, Overload Relays and Pushbuttons

    What Jim didn't explain is that a contactor is a motor start switch.

    There might be some flaky connections in there with double taps and so on. Not enough detail in the pics to say for sure.
    Contactors are used to control power in many ways, not just power to motors.


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