Eaton Corporation is the manufacturer of Cutler-Hammer circuit breakers. The company acquired Cutler-Hammer Inc., an industrial control, power distribution, appliance, semiconductor and aircraft business, in 1978. Today, Cutler Hammer provides surge protection devices that protect against the damaging effects of power surges. Cutler-Hammer circuit breakers are available from different distributors all over the world and online.
Traditionally, when you need to buy the Cutler-Hammer circuit breaker that you need at home, in the workplace or the manufacturing plant, all you need to do is call up a local supplier, order it from him and wait for the breakers to arrive . With the advent of the internet, many suppliers have moved their stores online giving you the advantage of seeing a list of their products and ordering them directly online.
However, before you start ordering online, you need to consider some things to ensure that you end up saving and not losing money with your online order. As an initial step, determine the exact Cutler Hammer type and specification that you need, whether it is low voltage home circuit breaker or the high and medium voltage commercial circuit breakers. Determine also if you want a new or refurbished breaker so you will know what dealer to look for. Technical specifications are crucial for electrical components especially since circuit breakers are installed to prevent electrical overload. Cutler-Hammer comes in different types and has capacities ranging from 100 to 1200 amperes.
When you have the technical data on hand, do an online search to find Cutler-Hammer breakers distributors or dealers and their best prices. You should look at a minimum of 4 websites so you can have a fair assessment of the prices and the breakers. The prices should take into account postage and handling since taken together with the product price, it will determine the overall cost that you need for an effective assessment.
In conjunction with finding the best prices, choose a reliable distributor or dealer. Price should not be the only consideration as cheapest is not necessarily the best. The supplier should, as much as possible, be well-known in the industry. They should have contact details more than just a website so in case there are problems that may not be solved online, you have an office or warehouse to go to. From talking online or over the phone with them, you will already be able to determine if they know what they are doing and talking about.
Buy from online suppliers who provide warranties. They are usually carry-overs of warranties supplied by the manufacturers themselves. Buy from suppliers who have return policies. Sometimes the wrong breakers are ordered or there is a flaw when it arrives. Return policies ensure that you save money from simply returning and having them replaced rather than buying another one.