Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jash Idea of product is ok but not as user friendly as they profess it to be. The flexible conduit length is a joke its so short, and doesn't come even with a second end to hook into your house panel. The breaker selection should be able to be made prior to ordering otherwise when you get it like i did you find you have to go but the appropriate ones anyway, thus saving nothing but buying this "kit". Save yourself money and hassle and just go but a transfer panel and the breakers and wire yourself, you will save money compared to this kit.
May 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mixmox a good all-round kit
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).
October 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1980 No fuss no muss
The only way to go for a safe and efficient use of a back o generator. Everything that was needed for the installation was included (except for the 60 amp breaker). This installation is not for a rookie DYI, but for a seasoned veteran it shouldn't be a problem. Better yet call a pro to have it installed.
July 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Installation and function of the product was a good experience.
The pre-wired switch made for a simple installation. (Be sure to turn off the main power before connecting any circuits) The switch works as designed except for the 2 amp meter indicators that don't seem to show any read-out in my case but I doesn't interfere with basic use of the product. The switch does transfer current very nicely to the user-selected house circuits using my gas generator for running the freezer, refrigerator, furnace, microwave, garage door opener, water heater, & bathroom outlets. I would feel awfully dumb if I had a generator and couldn't use it to run these essential appliances when the neighborhood electrical power was out for a few days.
November 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Blackfrog74 Generator Transfer Switch Kit
This unit is one that I have come to love to install in people's homes. In the past two years I have installed more of these type units than the natural gas versions that people like, but are not big fans of the cost. This manual version is a popular choice with a lot of local home owners. It is easy and fast to install (approx. 2 hours), easy to demonstrate to the home owner how to operate and has very little hard wire work to do for the unit.
I could only find three things that were on the down side of this unit:
1. It does not come with a wire to run from the outside receptacle box to the transfer switch inside.
2. It does not give you any type of warning or indication to make sure you purchase a 60Amp 2 pole breaker for your house panel for this switch to wire to.
3. Unless you are recess mounting it in the drywall, the box looks very "industrial" if you surface mount it.
If you are just an average homeowner and only have a basic knowledge of electrical, you would never know to purchase that breaker. It could have you running back to Home Depot for a second time.
June 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by doitmyself As advertised
Easy to follow directions, if you can change a light fixture you can install one of these in about 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to buy 10 gauge 4 wire, you will need it to run from the transfer switch to the outside box. Free fast shipping.
October 24, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by soldbydon Good Switch Design But Wrong Box for Outdoor Receptacle
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.
October 31, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RednexToyz Powering medium to small loads from a generator
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.
October 29, 2012