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  1. Andy78
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    Andy78 Trusted Advisor

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    Does anyone have any experience with these ? Have been offered some at a great price but I have no experience of the brand whatsoever. I will probably try one or two out but just wondered if anyone could offer direct experience of these ?
     
  2. RWJ
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    RWJ 8,030 day wonder Electrician's Arms

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    Aka Demans Basics. They're OK, they job.

    We have fitted them when price is a real issue and everything went ok. Wouldn't choose over Crabtree or Hager but that's probably me being snobby!

    If the price is low enough go for it.
     
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  3. Andy78
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    Hager is my usual brand. Used them for years without a single issue. The cost of RCBOs usually makes that setup cost prohibitive to most of my domestic customers though when priced against a Hager split load.

    The Lewden is coming in at less than half of the cost of Hager for a main switch and 10 RCBO board. Tempting
     
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    Leesparkykent You Rock Gmes Staff Member Trusted Advisor

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    I fit them on budget jobs or if the customer hasn't got a clue on brands. 10way board with 8 RCBO's for £99
     
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    lips New EF Member

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    Hi
    I've been using them on various jobs for about 4 years now, no problems whatsoever.
    In fact the boards are rcbo specific i.e. longer in height and make things a lot easier and neater, The problem with all the big makes is that there isn't enough room at the top when you fit their rcbos
     
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  6. LankyWill
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    LankyWill Electrician's Arms

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    What about sbs compact? They are a fair price and a breeze to install.
     
  7. suffolkspark
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    suffolkspark Regular EF Member

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    I've just fitted one of their double banked boards with RCBO's, I don't like the look and feel of the main switches or the naffy CGD logo (will have that if you get it from denmans or lewden if you get it from eds) but maybe I'm just a brand whore, at £9.99 per RCBO though and the benefit that as far as I can tell its only really the wholesalers that sell them you can at least get a margin on supplying them, other negative is the E and N bars were numbered from right to left, just a personal thing I guess as I know a few are this way around, and they have square knockouts, though they do their own square gromits for them

    A positive is the RCBO's don't have the white earth wires to make your lovely tidy board look ****
     
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  8. Andy78
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    Thanks for the info guys. Seems worth a try :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Woking
    I switched to the Wilts branded version off these when AMD 3 came into being..... Never looked back and fitting RCBO board's means fault finding in the future is far easier.....

    Just done a 19 way box with 16 ways.....
     
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  10. Andy78
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    I did a job with a mate of mine today (his job) and used a couple of these as a try. One 10 way RCBO unit and one RCD garage board.
    Quite impressed for the money really. Seems to do the job it is made for, but had a couple of gripes with the RCBOs.
    The first was the positioning of the terminals which means that the line conductor obscures the neutral terminal. Not a big issue, just means doing the RCD testing before terminating the circuits, just not something we were expecting.
    The second issue was one RCBO not meeting trip times. It took longer than 40ms at 5x. The 1x test was also quite slow at 127ms. All the others performed at 30-50ms at 1x and sub 20ms at 5x, so it is obvious this faulty one was anomalous
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    Okeboy New EF Member

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    They do not make a AMD3 double bank board as of yet......U sure was theirs u fitted????
     
  12. suffolkspark
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    suffolkspark Regular EF Member

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    Yes they do its just branded control gear direct like the rest of it from denmans​
     
  13. Andy78
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  14. suffolkspark
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    suffolkspark Regular EF Member

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    Thatl be the first and last one i fit then ! Back to bieng a brand whore i go.....
     
  15. JK-Electrical
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    JK-Electrical Regular EF Member

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    I've never used this particular brand and doubt if I ever will.

    Indeed, I'm wary of deviating from MK, Wylex, Hager and Crabtree. I think the bad experiences that I had fitting a LAP board acquired from Screwfix, and a CED board that a customer bought from Toolstation might have something to do with it! I'm not particularly keen on the BG boards either.
     
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