This is a nice 220v timer (110v capable) that could have been perfect with a few tweaks. Nonetheless, it represents a good value, and probably one of the best single-device timer available in a reasonable price range. This was installed to replace a mechanical...
This is a nice 220v timer (110v capable) that could have been perfect with a few tweaks. Nonetheless, it represents a good value, and probably one of the best single-device timer available in a reasonable price range.
This was installed to replace a mechanical Intermatic mechanical timer. The reason for replacement was two-fold: most importantly, the Intermatic is only a daily timer, and not capable of running something twice a week. The other reason was the timer is 22 years old, the motor was noisy, and was replaced to avoid failure.
Straight-away be aware that this cannot independently control multiple devices; you can certain attach multiple devices, but they''ll be controlled by the same schedule. That also means you cannot mix 110v and 220v on this timer.
The box is plastic which is good because it eliminates any chance of electrical shock, even if a ground wire fails. However, the three knockouts on the bottom of the box are difficult to remove and you will probably end up cracking the gaps in between the knockouts. I highly recommend using a hole saw to remove precisely the opening you want.
Unfortunately, there were no knockoffs on the side, so I used a hole saw to mimic the existing conduit runs and simplify installation. Use common sense when doing this so you don''t drill into the mechanism.
There is plenty of space in the box to bring multiple conduits together, but unfortunately, the screw terminals aren''t really designed for this purpose. Your choice is to use a wire nut and bring a single lead out to the terminal or carefully put the wire on either side of the screw. This is a huge miss on Honeywell''s part.
The box is very hard to open, which is a good thing. It keeps people out unless they really need to get in there. On the other hand, it makes it difficult to control the timer manually, but Honeywell thought of that and added a set of terminals that let you override the timer and turn it on. I mounted a marine grade panel switch on the bottom to turn the pump on manually.,
The timer is straight out of 1995, but it''s functional. You can have up to 7 independent events. The on/off is set down to the minutes, so the minimum run time is 1 minute. You can either set up an event to be on a particular day or every day. Since this was for a polaris pump, I used two timers, one to run the polaris on Monday for an hour, the other event to run the polaris on Thursday for an hour.
It looks attractive enough, it''s a good value, and it appears to be reliable. Please note that I purchased an amazon return, and I believe the reason it was returned is the first purchaser had the 110v/220v switch flipped in the wrong direction and simply returned it. Amazon as usually handled it fine, but be aware that returns may not be innocent.
Flexible Timer, simple to set up and install, seems to have a battery backup, and programming is straightforward, secure box, terminals provided to have external override switch which works great, on/off times as little as 1 minute
Plastic case is brittle and can crack, all knockouts are on the bottom and very difficult to remove, screw terminal are too small and are not robust, and programming could be a little more flexible