Can you use a double pole button, use one pole to switch the relay and the
other to control the current through the contacts?
I.e. every time you push the button the direction reverses but the lift is
only energized as long as you hold the button in.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brain" <brain at jbrain.com>
To: <General at classiccmp.org>; "Discussion at classiccmp.org:On-Topic and
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Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 5:47 PM
Subject: Re: Relay question
On 11/28/2014 4:40 PM, Mike Stein wrote:
Why not just do this the simple, usual way for an
application like yours:
a pair of nice, sealed, heavy duty industrial pushbuttons marked UP and
DOWN, or even a single button with a nice heavy duty toggle switch
For safety, the buttons on the lift (in the bucket), are air
with the actual electrical portion down below. I have not seen the unit,
but my father claims there is no more room for another air line in the
boom cable trace, so any more switches would have to be wireless, or
Personally, I'd be a little leery pushing that button without knowing
which way the lift is going to move when I do...
I think that's why he wants
the minimum complexity (no solid state, etc.).
I agree, there is some risk there, but he is currently happy with the
operation using an unsealed relay, I told him surely there existing a
sealed version of this thing.
Yes, I could happily re-engineer it for him, but just like ill conceived
concepts on a vintage machine, I'm being asked to just make the current
setup work, not create a new setup.