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Thread: Timers - Mechanical versus Digital?

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    Jul 2010
    Jonesboro, GA

    Timers - Mechanical versus Digital?

    The Intermatic timer controlling my 240 V 1 hp pump and SWG seems to have "croaked." The movement will neither turn the load on or off, and I can't see any way to fix it.

    I'm considering either a replacement Intermatic T 104 or perhaps the Aube by Honeywell electronic programmable with all kinds of bells and whistles. Anyone have experience with the Aube? Which one would you choose? The difference in cost is under $20, not a real considertion. Many thanks.
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    Re: Timers - Mechanical versus Digital?

    Hey George in Georgia. I'm using a GE timer that's digital timer 120/240. Picked up at Home Depot for under $50. The only problem I had was a nearby lightning strike and or some power surges burned up some resistors. Just picked up another and replaced the circuit board so didn't have to completely uninstall and reinstall. Hope that helps.
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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Timers - Mechanical versus Digital?

    I find mechanical timers a lot more intuitive to set. Most people don't need instructions to set the time and install the on/off dogs. And changing the run time is just as easy. Again, no instructions needed.
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    NE Florida

    Re: Timers - Mechanical versus Digital?

    you might just have a motor that crapped out on your timer. Mine did that last year and I bought a replacement motor for about $15 at Grainger and replaced it. They are simple to replace.
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