Help me choose a breaker box/load center

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    I'm having a 30x36 shop building built and I'm going to have a dedicated meter
    I want to start gathering up things like the load center and some wire so I have things kind of ready when its finished in 3 weeks (or so)lol

    I will definitely want a dedicated 15 amp light circuit and 2 other 20 amp work bench circuits and maybe a dedicated 20 amp air compressor circuit but I also want to have the space to add in a 220 plug for a possible future stick welder

    I think I need a 200amp with a main and I want to get the Home Line Square D from Lowes

    Can you electricians help me choose the right box please?
     

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    I'm having a 30x36 shop building built and I'm going to have a dedicated meter
    I want to start gathering up things like the load center and some wire so I have things kind of ready when its finished in 3 weeks (or so)lol

    I will definitely want a dedicated 15 amp light circuit and 2 other 20 amp work bench circuits and maybe a dedicated 20 amp air compressor circuit but I also want to have the space to add in a 220 plug for a possible future stick welder

    I think I need a 200amp with a main and I want to get the Home Line Square D from Lowes

    Can you electricians help me choose the right box please?
    I built a cargo container shop with lean to shed on side for welding, I chose the square D because of availability ...I use a 100 amp panel...with just two people working it drives everything at 80% of load that we use simultaneously. also a 30 amp circuit is a rare use but nice to have.
     

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    Because your shop is going to have its own meter, the first step is contact the power company to find out what they will accept for a service panel.
    You may be able to install a 125 amp main and that will cut down on cost on every part of the install.
    Plus they can tell you cost for there part for the conn.
     

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    My 16 x 20 shop has a 200 amp panel - overkill perhaps, but I've been known to run a mig welder, plasma cutter, grinders and other power equipment simultaneously when there's several of us working on a project. I was taught by Dad that you NEVER skimp on power supplies. Every pair of 110 vac duplex outlets are "home runned" back to the panel, and those paired outlets are NEVER next to each other so I don't load up a breaker running a saw and vacuum, etc. I have a 220 vac outlet for my stick welder about 4' from the panel, and a 20-am 220 vac on the opposite wall just in case. By design, all compressors, welders, etc are powered by outlets within 6' of the panel just to keep those runs short.

    Square D is my panel of choice, but IIRC, Home Depot was about 15% less expensive than Lowe's.
     

    vmax

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    Because your shop is going to have its own meter, the first step is contact the power company to find out what they will accept for a service panel.
    You may be able to install a 125 amp main and that will cut down on cost on every part of the install.
    Plus they can tell you cost for there part for the conn.
    I did that.
    They came out and gave me a meter box to mount and said when the box is mounted they will get me connected
    It's full service power just like my home
    I can have a 200 amp box if I want it
     

    no2gates

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    My 16 x 20 shop has a 200 amp panel - overkill perhaps, but I've been known to run a mig welder, plasma cutter, grinders and other power equipment simultaneously when there's several of us working on a project. I was taught by Dad that you NEVER skimp on power supplies. Every pair of 110 vac duplex outlets are "home runned" back to the panel, and those paired outlets are NEVER next to each other so I don't load up a breaker running a saw and vacuum, etc. I have a 220 vac outlet for my stick welder about 4' from the panel, and a 20-am 220 vac on the opposite wall just in case. By design, all compressors, welders, etc are powered by outlets within 6' of the panel just to keep those runs short.

    Square D is my panel of choice, but IIRC, Home Depot was about 15% less expensive than Lowe's.
    ^^^ THIS is the way to wire a shop ! ^^^
     

    country_boy

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    Contact your power company to see how they want it. My boss had a costly nightmare because even though it was to code everything was fine, the power company wouldn’t hook up a meter. Too much typing to say what the problem was.
     

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    IF this is only going to power a one man shop, use a 60-to 100 A panel. IF you may want further buildings in the future, step up to a 200A panel. If some is good, more is BETTER!
     

    vmax

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    Home line breakers are available most everywhere. It's an excellent choice.
    Get a panel with a main breaker. Just so you can disconnect from the meter when you need to add a circuit or replace any breaker, or any type of maintenance.
    You think I need to go 200 amp or 100?
    Based on what I'm going to have
     
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