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Old 02-03-2011, 20:26   #1
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buss bar sizes, don't add up

Have purchased a 600A and a 250A Blue Seas buss bar, and also the B/S's 150 SafetyHub fuse block, rated 350A.

The 600 buss measures 3/4" x 1" x 5 1/2"
The 250 buss measures 1/4" x 1" x 6 1/2"

The 350A fuseblock has a (+) buss of 1/8" x 1"x 5"
(-) buss of 1/8" x 3/4" x 5"

I can understand the 600A being so big, but how does the 350A SafetyHub rate higher than the 250A buss and do so with busses that are half the size, and even less considering the neg buss diminsions?
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Old 02-03-2011, 20:31   #2
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Are the materials the same too? Check the studs as well.

Different materials carry different loads. One maybe copper coated steel for corrosion resistance.
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Re: buss bar sizes, don't add up

The 2 buss bars are tin plated copper. 600 uses 3/8" SS studs.
250 and Safetyhub both use 5/16"

Not sure on material of the Safetyhub, other than non magnetic. So either tin plated copper or SS. No description that I can find. Just assumed B/S 's would be consistant thruout their line.
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Re: buss bar sizes, don't add up

or nickle plated copper
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Just assumed B/S 's would be consistant thruout their line.
Good luck! Most everything is made in china now.
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Re: buss bar sizes, don't add up

Ampacities and Mechanical Properties of Rectangular Copper Busbars
Here ➥ Copper.org: Electrical: Busbar
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Ampacities and Mechanical Properties of Rectangular Copper Busbars
Here ➥ Copper.org: Electrical: Busbar
That certainly confuses the required bus size now.
The 250A is rated 400A, by dimensions. The 600A is somewhat several times underrated (no matching dim. listed). While the neg bus of the 350A Safetyhub is only good for 200A.
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