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The Only Circuit Breaker Resource You Will Ever Need

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Time is your most valuable asset. You either get paid for that time or you don’t. It’s easy to be pulled away into tasks that eat up all of that valuable time for what seems like something simple, like searching for the right circuit breaker.

What’s the answer? Let someone else do that search and keep working. All it takes is a phone call or a quick visit to the online store on our website.

Your Circuit Breaker & Electrical Equipment Resource

Civic Recycling is your circuit breaker resource. We have an expert team loaded with Certified Breaker Technicians. Click here to make the call, let them know about the parts you need to get the job done and get an answer within minutes. Even better, have it all shipped to your project and get back to work with the right parts in hand.

The experts can help you with obsolete parts or hard-to-find electrical products from small residential breakers to massive mains big enough to run a large facility.

This includes new and top-quality parts, reconditioned by certified experts. Of course, the breakers and equipment come with a guarantee, so you and your customers can proceed with the peace of mind knowing you’re working with the best.

Add an expert electrical supplier to your team

You are paid for your skill as a professional contractor, not for the time you spend thumbing through multiple websites looking for a part. When you have a valuable resource at your disposal, such as an expert in supplying tough-to-find parts, use it.

  • Our experts know the parts you need and can get them in your hands.
  • You don’t need to do your own search. It’s already done.
  • One phone call or a search in our easy-to-use Online Store will give you the answers you need immediately, taking the guesswork out of acquiring parts.
  • All this adds up to you and your team getting back on the job.

The frustration of the wrong or low-quality circuit breaker parts

Want to double down on a time waster? All you need to do is spend time digging around for a part, order it and then learn it’s the wrong breaker. Want a complete disaster? Install that low-quality breaker and then return to the project later because it doesn’t work. No one wants to do the job twice.

No one can afford to do a search for a part, buy the wrong one and have it malfunction. It’s a serious risk to the success of your business. Hunting down the right transformer, motor control, fuse or receptacle can be an overwhelming task and a job you shouldn’t waste time doing when you have an expert at your fingertips – on the phone or online.  

Leave this job to the experts in the field of electrical supply and move forward with your project. For more about our electrical products click here or contact us for more information on your specific needs.

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From Home-Builders to Electricians: Civic covers most all electrical supplies

From home-builders to electricians: Civic has you covered for electrical supplies
When you need electrical supplies fast and for less, Civic Recycling has you covered. A single breaker has stopped working? Civic has you covered. Need to replace an entire service in a commercial building? Civic definitely has you covered. Jobs big and small, simple or complex, common or obscure: Civic has you covered.

Since 1995, we’ve provided high-quality equipment to electrical contractors, wholesalers, industrial suppliers. We serve the oil, manufacturing, and agricultural industries as well as the general public. Whether you are looking for a brand new 15-amp residential circuit breaker or an obsolete 3000-amp molded case breaker, a box of teck connectors, a custom-built motor control centre, or a complete service, we’re here to help you!

Not sure where to start? Feel free to give us a call at anytime. We’re Canada’s #1 new/used circuit breaker dealer. But circuit breakers are just the beginning!


Electrical supplies: What we sell

1. Circuit breakers

From 15-Amp residential breakers to 3000-Amp mains to run an entire plant. We stock new and reconditioned units from nearly every brand under the sun.

Need a European or Asian breaker? We have those, too! Even better, we ship anywhere in Canada, fast, from our massive warehouse in Calgary.

2. Transformers

You won’t find many shops selling transformers, and especially not at our prices. We stock single-phase and three-phase from 50VA to 750KVA. We’ve got distribution, auto, open type, epoxy potted, isolation type, control and current transformers, general purpose, indoor and outdoor. Odds are, we have what you’ve been searching for – reconditioned and ready to go.

3. Motor control units

We have Motor Control Centres in stock from all the major manufacturers. Need a replacement bucket, doors, operators, or handles? We’ve got you covered. What’s more, we can even build you a custom MCC, from 400 amp to 3000 amp, breakered or fused. Let us know!

4. Combination Starters

We stock combination starters from every manufacturer around the world, plus all the replacement parts you’ll need. Your manufacturer is out of business? We can help you out. Magnetic, Manual, Contactors: we have them in stock.

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Circuit Breaker History from Civic Recycling: Part 1 (of 3)

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Civic Recycling is a business based around products, delving into the history of circuit breakers is not something we do very often. But we thought it would be fun and informative to take a look at the history of circuit breakers, where they came from, who invented them, and where they’re going.

Parts of the story are incredibly interesting and there are some names that everyone will recognize from history who had a part in the creation of the modern circuit breaker.

History of Circuit Breakers

Being merely the introduction, today we’ll touch on a few of the notes that predated the modern circuit breaker and leave off with where things were headed at the onset of the 20th century. With that said, let’s jump into the earliest incarnations of the circuit breaker and why its invention was necessitated.

According to the book Edison’s Electric Light: Biography of an Invention, Thomas Edison, the vaunted inventor of the late 19th and early 20th century, had developed an early form of the circuit breaker according to a patent application from 1879. The purpose of his invention at the time was to protect lighting circuit wiring from accidental short circuits and overloads. Now, Edison’s version never quite took off to the extent he had hoped, as his invention was largely in sketches and the idea patented, without a true working product ever coming to fruition. But with these ideas out there, someone eventually picked up on the circuit breaker and brought it into a more commercial light.

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7 surprising ways breaker inspections are more refreshing than new socks

7 SURPRISING WAYS BREAKER INSPECTIONS ARE MORE REFRESHING THAN NEW SOCKS breaker testing voltage tes

Professionally Reconditioned Circuit Breakers

Peace of mind and quality service are refreshing in this day and age. With an increasing focus on speed, in communication and in service, quality can often be compromised for the sake of convenience. We feel that those two concepts don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Things can get done in a timely manner while being held to a certain standard of quality; a concept we firmly believe and actively subscribe to. With a little hard work and a commitment to our customers, we strive to do things properly AND efficiently.

Again, doing things properly is a refreshing way to do business; some might say better than a new pair of socks. We thought it best to take you through all the ways our unique testing and inspection process is extremely refreshing and why it makes us Canada’s number one circuit breaker specialist. With all of that said, here are the seven surprising ways breaker inspections are more refreshing than new socks:

7 points about Civic Recycling Certified Breakers


1. We provide In-depth breaker Inspections

Each circuit breaker we test goes through a thorough inspection that leaves no stone unturned. When it comes to electrical equipment, no corner should be cut and that’s something we pride ourselves on. Each breaker gets the in-depth treatment that it should, whether it’s one of our own that we’re selling or one a customer has brought in.

2. Certified breaker inspections & Testing

Each of our breakers, when tested, meet or exceed the standards set out by PEARL, NEMA, NETA, IEEE, and those laid out by the manufacturer. We don’t cut corners, as these specifics suggest. We want to keep our customers coming back, as well as attract new ones, and we believe the best way to do this is by offering quality service that we stand behind.

3. We Sell and Reconditioned

Since we’re merely not taking in others breakers and reconditioning them, we sell our own reconditioned breakers as well, we have to adhere to certain standards of quality. This also means we know the products inside and out. You don’t get to number one in the country without having an in-depth and complete knowledge of the products you’re dealing with.

4. Written Test Results

With every breaker we test and recondition, it comes a unique tracking number. This number corresponds to a written report that details the test results. This acts as a sort of insurance for the breaker you’re purchasing and offers peace of to you, your business, and your potential customers. It shows that we stand behind our work and have no issues letting you know what went into the breaker you purchased; complete transparency.

5. Testing as a Service

Not only do we recondition and sell our breakers, but we’re happy to take in and test any breaker that is brought in to us. It’s part of the service we provide and part of our greater goal, which is to ensure all breakers out there are safe for use. If you ever need some questions answered, don’t hesitate to bring in a breaker for our inspection.

6. Civic 36-point Visual Inspection

Part of the testing service we provide is a complete 36-point visual inspection of the interior and exterior of every breaker we take in after a thorough cleaning of the product. This ensures we take care of any issues with the breaker before the actual testing begins. It may seem like a large undertaking, but it pays dividends in the long wrong and allows us to guarantee all of our products.

7. 100% One Year Guarantee

We guarantee every breaker, new or reconditioned, 100% for a year after we sell it. The guarantee is not something we take lightly, but it’s obviously a testament to how much we believe in all of the products we sell. It’s a simple and straightforward statement and something we really believe in. We love breaker inspections!


Reconditioned Circuit Breakers from Civic Recycling

As always, we provide open lines of communication as well. If any questions need to be answered we can always be reached via email at [email protected], or by phone. Should the purchasing of a new or reconditioned product require our expertise, we’re always happy to answer any questions and to assist in the process. Thanks for reading!

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From the Obsolete to the Obvious: A Story From Civic Recycling

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Civic Recycling Obsolete & Obvious Reconditioned Products

For many of us, the idea of buying something “used” or supposedly “obsolete” doesn’t carry a positive connotation. Buying something that isn’t fresh out of the package can often mean that it’s not in working condition or is not as aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes this is the case, BUT making that declaration before seeing or using the product is a mistake, and no one knows that better than we do. So read on!


 

Outstanding Stock Tested and Inspected Rigorously 

At Civic Recycling we take pride in our reconditioned products. We can certainly understand the reticence of people out there to take the plunge into “used” parts, but we would like to explain why we believe so deeply in our reconditioned products. While some places may take shortcuts when it comes to refurbishing a product, we most certainly do not. Each of our reconditioned circuit breakers is professionally done and accompanied with a 36-point interior and exterior visual inspection. Once that’s been completed, we begin our actual testing of the circuit breaker. Molded case circuit breakers consist of three parts- the insulation, the contacts, and the trip unit.

Each one of these components is tested using three different pieces of equipment, which we’ll quickly summarize:

  1. Insulation Resistance: this test is done to verify the condition of the breaker’s insulating materials;
  2. Contact Resistance: this test verifies the current path in the breaker;
  3. Over Current Trip Test: this test is done to verify the time-current characteristics of the breaker, and is done to ensure it trips to the manufacturer’s exact factory specifications.

After our rigorous testing has been completed we issue a test report for each breaker that has completed testing. This not only offers peace of mind, but acts as a sort of insurance policy for those purchasing the breakers.

Great! But keep reading to know more…


 

Reconditioned Circuit Breakers and Electric Parts

So what does this all amount to? Well, it allows us to call ourselves Canada’s #1 circuit breaker specialist and provide an absolutely fantastic array of products. Not only do we carry a wide variety of reconditioned circuit breakers (which, again, have gone through our rigorous testing), but a wide selection of new products as well. Our outstanding stock is what we consider our advantage, and we are now able to offer these products for purchase online. Obsolete is now the obvious and our customers love it!

What we want everyone to know is that reconditioned products, when dealt with properly and tested rigorously and thoroughly, can perform to the exact same levels as a new product, all the while saving money. With the testing our products go through, as well as the test reports that accompany all of our reconditioned products, we know that they will perform exactly how they should. Along with the cost savings, the peace of mind that comes along with that is invaluable. That’s why we don’t believe that “used” products are obsolete, and in many cases, have become the obvious choice for our customers.

Buy Circuit Breakers and Outstanding Stock

Should you need assistance, we’re always here to offer a helping hand whether that be through visiting our store, sending in an email, or calling one of our professionals for the opinion you need. We’ll assist with any inquiries that come our way and look forward to assisting anyone who has questions.

We have the answers. Contact us for more information or check out our electrical products here or our online shop.

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Top 8 Myths about Reconditioned Electrical Equipment

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Ever heard something about electrical equipment you weren’t too sure about? What about reconditioned electrical equipment? Depending on what you heard it may be flat out wrong. Knowing the facts about reconditioned equipment is important. According to PEARL knowing the difference can “save you big bucks while helping your company meet environmental goals”.

PEARL is the Professional Electronics Apparatus Recyclers League. They ensure the quality AND safety of electrical equipment. Here at Civic Recycling we are a proud member and are certified with the organization.

Pearl has a fantastic article showcasing the top myths about reconditioned equipment. We will be showcasing and summarizing each point in our “Top 8 myths” post. Know the difference between fact and fiction from Civic Recycling and PEARL!


The myths are as follows:

Myth #1 – Reconditioned electrical equipment could be counterfeit

Reconditioned doe not equal counterfeit. Reconditioned models may not be supported by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) but that does not mean they can be lumped under the same categories as surplus and counterfeit. As always all equipment is tested to high standards. Civic Recycling would know right away if anything was out of place.

Reconditioned equipment is obviously not new and in the case of counterfeit equipment, it almost always is. Counterfeit models will likely be in new packaging and can’t easily be mistaken for a reconditioned one. Most often residential style breakers or MCCBs is where counterfeiting occurs.


Myth #2 – Reconditioned electrical equipment is not as safe as new

Reconditioned electrical equipment is just as safe as new models as we have already outlined in a previous post. It may even be safer! This is because OEMs only batch test their products, reconditioning requires 100% device testing. The fact that the testing standards are so high are a testament to this fact. Civic Recycling is so sure about safety standards that we offer a 1-year warranty on all our products. Pretty great right? Visit our testing page for more on our process. Typically the general standards are as follows:

  • Conduct initial test
  • Disassemble, inspect, and clean
  • Replace/recondition worn and aging components
  • Reassemble
  • Perform verification test
  • Document
  • Certify

Myth #3 – Reconditioned equipment is less reliable, lower quality than new

As the PEARL article states:

“If a piece of electrical equipment was reliable and high quality when it was new, then older electrical equipment reconditioned to perform as good as or better than the original must also be considered reliable and high quality. Quality isn’t a question of new versus reconditioned, but rather, can you trust the source of the equipment? If you’re familiar with an OEM brand, you probably trust them.”

And on top of that, all PEARL certified companies such as Civic Recycling hold themselves to high standards in testing and quality.


Myth #4 – Reconditioned electrical equipment costs less, but more to operate

This argument is valid for certain types of equipment such as new TP-1 transformers and circuit breakers with solid-state trip technology or zone alarms. But most electrical equipment is passive and is not required to consume electricity to do its job. So the argument is not valid for most of the 21 types of standard electrical equipment covered by PEARL.

In addition, new and reconditioned equipment will be field-tested regardless. Onward to safety!


Myth #5 – Reconditioned electrical equipment increases liability

Let’s start by saying that each piece of reconditioned equipment is tested twice. Once before reconditioning and once after. Say one out of 100 breakers were tested coming off an assembly line…which would you trust more? Both are pretty solid bets but liability is not an issue for reconditioned equipment.


Myth #6 – Only OEMs can properly recondition electrical equipment

OEMs say that a company needs to understand the exact electrical engineering behind an electrical device and should only purchase reconditioned products from OEMs. However, there are some differences between private OEM reconditioning versus public PEARL reconditioning standards

  1. PEARL uses independent, third-party electrical engineers to review its standards (OEMs do not).
  2. PEARL makes its standards available to the public for review and comment. Open and transparent! OEMs don’t do this.

Myth #7 – Reconditioned electrical equipment invalidates the (UL) mark

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) official position is that independent testing and certification companies takes no position on the validity of UL marks after the equipment leaves the factory.


Myth #8 – Myths make for bad business decisions

By debunking myths and focusing on facts we can be sure to develop competitive solutions to electrical needs. The goal is to purchase the highest-quality electrical equipment at the best possible price and with the least amount of lead-time. Civic Recycling is happy to be serving Canadians since 1995.


A quick recap on each Myth we have debunked!

  • Reconditioned electrical equipment could be counterfeit
  • Reconditioned electrical equipment is not as safe as new
  • Reconditioned electrical equipment is less reliable, lower quality than new product
  • Reconditioned electrical equipment costs less to buy but more to operate
  • Reconditioned electrical equipment increases liability concerns
  • Only OEMs can properly recondition electrical equipment
  • Reconditioning electrical equipment invalidates the Underwriter Laboratories (UL) mark
  • Get It Straight: Myths make for bad business decisions

For the full article take a look at the original PDF document:

http://www.pearl1.org/downloads/Busting-Myths-About-Reconditioned-Electrical-Equipment_lowres.pdf


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