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Hello I have a small industrial unit with a messy distribution board. It has 100A breaker and around 10 circuits (lights, sockets, air compressor, three phase 16A fuse etc....)

Can you recommend a quality new board from Schneider Havell or Hager?
 
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davesparks

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The new acti 9 isobar P board from schneider is the best in my opinion.
There are no RCBO flying leads to deal with, the N and FE are plug in connections on the back of the RCBO.
 

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Schneider acti-9 are the best quality choice for TPN boards that I have used. Very keen to see the new P boards Davesparks mentions above.

Hager are a good alternative, and probably cheaper, but the current range is not as robust as the last incarnation. Much thinner case and assembly meaning a bit of twist can send things awry. Fine if care taken on mounting though. I have much faith in their device quality though.
 

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Schneider acti-9 are the best quality choice for TPN boards that I have used. Very keen to see the new P boards Davesparks mentions above.

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I've had a look at one, not fitted any yet though. They are on the shelf at my usual wholesalers and schneider have priced them slightly cheaper than the standard board to encourage their use. The old boards are still available and fully supported.
 

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Earth bar position can be a nuisance though.
Also need to change the name back to MG.
Agree about the earth bar, especially on larger boards. Why would reverting the name make you feel better ?
 

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I grew up with Merlin and the trouble with the Schneider brand is that it is associated with so many poor quality products...
 
Schneider may well have aquired Square D but you have to give them some due that they continue to produce products for the QO, QOE, K and other ranges as opposed to saying they are obsolete. They have excellent customer support and are the go to manufacture for bespoke products.
 

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I grew up with Merlin and the trouble with the Schneider brand is that it is associated with so many poor quality products...
I also trained fitting a lot of MG products, and also worked a lot with Square D gear, which I think are both quality ranges under the Schneider banner. The MG multi-9 range has only been improved upon under Schneider and not compromised in my opinion.

They handily keep some branding on, so I know the difference between Schneider Tower cable clips (rubbish) and Schneider Thorsman cable clips.
I also don't mind their Lisse white plastic accessory range, but avoid their GET origin stuff.

As long as you know what you're fitting it's no problem really.
 
Is anything like the quality it once was. Aside from the rcd pods, great idea that it was Memshield 2 including its mccb distribution panels were second to none but Memshield 3 are a poor relation in terms of quality and I would now not resort to them. To me Schneider are the front runner.
 

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Is anything like the quality it once was. Aside from the rcd pods, great idea that it was Memshield 2 including its mccb distribution panels were second to none but Memshield 3 are a poor relation in terms of quality and I would now not resort to them. To me Schneider are the front runner.
Changed a 12 way TPN board week before last. Merlin Gerin came out and Hager went in. The old board was probably 4 times the weight of the new one. You couldn't have flexed the old board much at all holding opposite corners, but the new one was floppy just picking it up. The DB wall thickness was very noticeable.
 

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Schneider may well have aquired Square D but you have to give them some due that they continue to produce products for the QO, QOE, K and other ranges as opposed to saying they are obsolete. They have excellent customer support and are the go to manufacture for bespoke products.
Crabtree could learn a thing or two

I also like Dorman Smith Distribution Boards
 

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Changed a 12 way TPN board week before last. Merlin Gerin came out and Hager went in. The old board was probably 4 times the weight of the new one. You couldn't have flexed the old board much at all holding opposite corners, but the new one was floppy just picking it up. The DB wall thickness was very noticeable.
My issue with Hager is that the breakers are only Pollution Category 2.
So unsuitable for some industrial enviromnents.
 

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I also recently fitted a Hager TPN board, and decided to use one with the new metal hinged front door instead of Perspex front door.

Like Andy78, I found the new Hager board a bit flimsy, the metal casing is too thin in my opinion. I had a couple of SWA glands to install and I had to be careful not to bend the casing wall in moving the cables.
 
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