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    Howdy,
    Essex Electro Engineers A427 Load Bank
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    It was made around 1970. 0-33kw coverage, single and 3 phase. 3kw, 6kw, 9kw, 12kw switches in any combo, and a 0-3kw variable turn knob. It really makes thing easier to keep a generator in shape.

    The MEP-803A can really pull some power. It actually takes a lot to get up to 133%.
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    Nice!!!! I have been looking for one my self.
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    Wow for a '78 that looks pristine! Pretty darn cool...errr hot!

    If I bought one I would just have to tell the wife "its my new shop heater".
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    Congrats! I would love to have one of those.
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    For a moment there I thought it was a local firm near us. Essex. Looks a very useful unit to have.
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    Very nice score.

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    Good catch! (Can I borrow it?)
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    Put her to the test and give us some 803 data like surge capsbilities

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo913 View Post
    Put her to the test and give us some 803 data like surge capsbilities
    Howdy,
    I wasn't watching too closely while loading the MEP-802A. I loaded it up to 133% for 15 minutes, then 100% for 30 minutes, then 25% and then off, but, the MEP-803A was a different story.

    I had the 12kw switch on, and the 3kw switch on, and turned the variable knob up maybe halfway to get it to 133%, and I still spun the knob all the way (suppose to be 0-3kw variable) and it really starting grunting and bellowing out some black working smoke, did that for maybe a minute. The needle was way past the 133%. I then backed it down to 133%, ran that for about 10 minutes, then lowered it to 100% for 30 minutes, then 25%, then cooling, then off. If the switches are true and correct, the clamp meter said I had 54.7 amps on each phase, loading it on 3 phase. The load bank switches would mean around 16-17kw loaded 3 phase.
    ~~Later Mike

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