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Cole Hersee vs. Perko
|Author||Topic: Cole Hersee vs. Perko|
posted 02-11-2002 02:00 PM ET (US)
I am adding some new switches to the panel on my 18 Outrage. The existing ones are Perko but Cole Hersee appears to make a nicer switch. Any opinions out there?
posted 02-11-2002 02:28 PM ET (US)
I like Cole Hersee better than Perko. Perko
stuff ranges from inexpensive to really good,
all the CH stuff seems really good.
BW seems to use CH switches.
posted 02-11-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)
No contest - use the CH!
posted 02-11-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)
I am frustrated with the junky push-pull switches sold at West. Where can I get CH switches?
posted 02-11-2002 06:27 PM ET (US)
CH's website is http://www.colehersee.com and it looks like you can order direct. I also think West Marine can order them (they carry some CH products).
posted 02-11-2002 11:27 PM ET (US)
posted 02-12-2002 09:16 AM ET (US)
My 1991 Whaler has Perko's and they are cheap. The same CH's, while more expensive, seem much better made.
posted 02-12-2002 12:19 PM ET (US)
The switches on my 2001 Montauk are made by www.Carlingswitch.com . These are now used across the entire BW line.
posted 02-13-2002 05:41 PM ET (US)
I have one of those Hella (brand) 4 switch panels I got from West. Very neat appearance. No problems yet...only on boat a year though.
posted 02-13-2002 08:14 PM ET (US)
I just noticed in the old (2001) West Marine
catalog that the push-pull switches are CH.
But I seem to remember that they used to be
from someone else (not Perko).
And, yes, the 2002 West Marine catalog is out.
posted 02-13-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)
I haven't seen a new Perko catalog, but I was told that they were out of the switch business. You can't go wrong with either CH or Carling. Most General (Sierra) are also good.
posted 02-14-2002 12:43 PM ET (US)
I have been in the switch bus. now for 14 years. I work in the testing lab for Eaton Corp. in Selma, NC. When looking for a good marine switch, look for a sealed plastic switch. CH & Carling both make an inexpensive switch that will work well for most marine applications. There is a big selection of toggle, rocker and push/ pull switches out there that really can dress up a console and function great. Also when considering a rocker or toggle, look at a switch that is somewhat loud when actuated, This seems to help if accidently turned on.
posted 02-15-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)
Forgot to mention, also look for a switch that the contacts are a coined silver, not pure silver. A good coined silver that is alloyed with a copper base will last longer in salt air conditions.
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