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Foot control #60163
12/23/05 12:01 PM
12/23/05 12:01 PM
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bigrockk  Offline OP
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Hello all and Merry Christmas!!

I have a question that was asked of me by a guy I work with (A Millwright). I told him I would post it here and get back to him with any ideas that came up.

He is building a small machine and wants to use an electric drill motor for the drive power. He wants to know if there is a foot control available for a reasonable price that will allow speed control and forward and reverse.
Anybody know of a readily available foot control that would be suitable for this?

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Re: Foot control #60164
12/23/05 12:07 PM
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SvenNYC  Offline
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Well...sewing machine pedals can work for speed control. Don't know about forward and reverse, however.

Re: Foot control #60165
12/23/05 12:51 PM
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Amazingmg  Offline
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Florida, USA
Try Mcmaster Carr.

I went to their site and did a search on "foot switch". Lots of choices.

I saw one (under light duty, die-cast zinc) that was two pedals interlocked so that only one switch could be closed at a time. Sounds like it would work.
http://www.mcmaster.com/

Not sure about the speed control, hmmm.

[This message has been edited by Amazingmg (edited 12-23-2005).]

Re: Foot control #60166
12/23/05 01:25 PM
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Amazingmg  Offline
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I was messing around on the McMaster-Carr site (they have some neat stuff) and it looks like they do have a Heavy Duty Variable Foot Switch also.

Re: Foot control #60167
12/23/05 08:55 PM
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bigrockk  Offline OP
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Thanks for the replys,
I think the Variable foot switch will work.
If it doesn't have forward and reverse I will suggest that he mount a spdt switch to do the reversing. As long as the operation doesn't have to be totally hands free that should work for him.
Thanks again


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