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Foot switches can be used to turn electrical equipment on and off with the foot, freeing the hands to perform other operations or providing ergonomic improvement to a workstation.  Foot switch applications often require specific electrical ratings, enclosures, pedal actions, cables, and other variations.  We also offer customization for manufacturers — contact us today with your specifications.

Choose the foot switch that’s right for your application:

Safety and Selection WARNING: Before selecting or using any foot switch, read the foot switch safety warning.  Only the user can be aware of all conditions and factors present during the installation, operation, and maintenance of a foot switch and the surrounding work area.  Therefore, only the user can determine which foot switch(es) and which point-of-operation safeguards are required for a particular application or work station.  Review OSHA and other regulations before selecting or installing any foot switch.  Safety options can include guards to protect against accidental activation, anti-trip safety latches (G-Series only), enclosures ratings, and front access gates.

Model Overview

The following is a summary of the foot switches and foot pedals that we manufacture at SSC Controls.  See the product's home page for details about each product line.

Foot Switches Potentiometer Foot Pedals
s100-1501 foot switch f200 foot switch g500 foot switch l-series foot pedal potentiometer

Light-Duty Foot Switch (S-Series)

  • High-quality performance at low cost
  • Momentary or maintained action
  • Steel case offers toughness
  • Comes with cable

Medium-Duty Foot Switch (F-Series) 

  • Medium-duty size with durable die-cast housing and added weight
  • Momentary or maintained action
  • Comes with cable or with terminals
  • Includes two exterior mounting holes

Heavy-Duty Foot Switch (G-Series)

  • Heavy-duty construction for your toughest environments
  • Die-cast aluminum housing won't rust or break when dropped
  • Provides water, dust, wash-down, and oil resistance
  • UL/CSA/NEMA Type 2, 4, & 13 Enclosure

Potentiometer Controls (L- & M-Series)

  • Variable resistance output in a pedal-style housing
  • Momentary or maintained action
  • Comes with cable
b800 foot switch ds100 dual foot switch gx500-mo foot switch g700 foot pedal switch potentiometer
  • Compact size with small footprint
  • Available with traction pad or mounting bracket
  • Comes with cable or with terminals

Dual Foot Switches (DS100)

  • Consists of two foot switches side by side
  • Can be fitted with a guard
  • Dual models are available for all product lines

Heavy-Duty Foot Switch (GX-Series)

  • Same as G-Series, but without the guard
  • Water, dust, oil, splash resistant enclosure
  • UL/CSA/NEMA Type 2, 4, & 13 Enclosure

Potentiometer Controls (G700)

  • Variable-resistance output in a heavy-duty enclosure
  • Water, dust, oil, splash resistant enclosure
  • User attaches the cable

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Foot Switch Pedal Action

There are two main types of pedal action: momentary and maintained.

1) Momentary Action: Press and hold to turn on, release to turn off (like a car horn).  The user must continue to hold the pedal down to keep it on.  As soon as the user lifts his or her foot, the unit will turn off. 

2) Maintained Action: Press once to turn on, press again to turn off (like a light switch).  The unit will stay on until the user presses forward a latch inside the hood on the G-Series "-MA" models or presses the other end of the pedal on the S420-Series to release it back to the "off" position.  The F300 also offers push on / push off maintained action.

Electrical Circuitry and Contacts

Choosing the proper current and voltage rating for a foot switch application will depend on the electrical circuit of the equipment that the foot switch is attached to.  The amount of electrical current that will flow through the circuit will determine the amperage rating required for the foot switch.  The voltage and horsepower ratings (if applicable) also must be selected appropriately for the application.  Consult a certified electrician with any questions to determine the amperage, voltage, and power requirements for your application.  Follow all local and national electrical safety regulations.

Typically, foot switches contain SPDT contacts that are wired "normally open."  That is, the switch is open, or "off," when not in use, and not activated until pressed.  However, other circuit variations are also available.  S-Series, B-Series, and F-Series foot switches are often shipped with cables attached (depending on the model).  G-Series foot switches, on the other hand, are not typically shipped with cables, and can have numerous different switch circuit options (see chart below for details).

Circuit Diagrams and Images

Many SSC Controls foot switches come with cables already attached.  Two of the most common cable examples are listed below: cables with a piggyback plug, and cables with leads.  Each of these cable configurations can be included on the S-Series, B-Series, and F-Series foot switch product lines.

Model Circuit Notes / Wiring Diagrams / Images Examples

Models with Piggyback Plug

Comes pre-wired normally open (in "off" position until pressed).

spdt switch circuit

Plug into any standard 120-volt 3-pronged wall outlet (United States only), and then plug your device into the back end of the plug.  When you press the foot switch, the device will turn on. foot switch with plug

Models with Leads

Comes pre-wired normally open (in "off" position until pressed).

spdt switch circuit


foot switch wiring diagram

Shown in "at-rest" (off) position -- switch is off until pedal is pressed because the N.C. terminal is not used in this situation.  To print or save in PDF format, click to download the wiring diagram.

foot switch with leads

The G-Series heavy-duty foot switches can include from one to three switches, and up to four independent SPDT circuits.  They do not come with cables; the user installs the appropriately-rated cable with strain relief directly to the switch terminals.  G500 models have one switch, G502 models have two switches, and G503 models have three switches.  For models with two or more switches (G502, G503, or G504), both switches can be independently adjusted, and can be set so one switch goes off before the other, or at the same time.  If both switches are set to go off at the same time in the G502, the unit will have DPDT circuitry.  Below are examples of the circuitry of different G-Series foot switches. 

Model Circuit Notes and Images Examples

Model Example: G500-MO

Circuit: SPDT

(single-pole double-throw)

spdt switch circuit View of inside of G-Series Foot Switches (from front).  Example: Model G500-MO has three terminals that can be wired either normally open (N.O.) or normally closed (N.C.) to the common (COM) terminal.

 SSC G500-MO foot switch circuit

g-series heavy duty foot switch

See the G-Series Product Page for a complete list of options.

Model Example: G502-MO

Circuit: DPDT

(double-pole double-throw)

dpdt switch circuit  SSC G502-MO foot switch circuit
Model Example: G503-MO

Circuit: TPDT

(triple-pole double-throw)


tpdt switch circuit  SSC G503-MO foot switch circuit

Model Example: G504-MO

Circuit: Dual DPDT

(two DPDT switches in each unit)

Ideal for controlling up to four independent circuits.

dual dpdt switch circuit SSC G504-MO foot switch circuit 

Model Number: G500-MO-DB

Circuit: SPDT-DB

(single-pole double-throw double-break)

Also called "Form Z" contacts

spdt-db switch circuit

spdt-db switch circuit bz-3at

 SSC G500-MO-DB (double break) foot switch circuit

Two-stage models (models ending in "-2S") have an additional spring mechanism that provides a distinct tactile feel between the activation of each switch.  The user will feel an additional force after activating the first switch when pressing the pedal down halfway; the user can then either hold at that position or continue pressing the pedal down to activate the second switch.

Additionally, the G-Series is available with the Anti-Trip Safety Feature (-AT models).  The user must press forward a safety latch inside the hood before pressing down on the lever to turn it on.  These units then have a momentary action; the user must keep the pedal pressed down in order to keep it on.

Enclosure Rating

In addition to electrical ratings, the enclosure rating is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a foot switch for a particular application.  Foot switches typically require one of the following enclosure ratings (for non-hazardous locations), as defined by UL, CSA, and NEMA (see also

Type 1 Enclosure Rating — For indoor use only.  Protects against accidental contact with live parts.  All SSC Control foot switches have at least this rating.

Type 2, 4, and 13 Enclosure Rating — Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use when properly connected.  Offers protection from water (rain, splashing water, hose-directed water, ice, and snow), dust, and oil.  Can be used in hose-down environments.  Often called drip-tight, dust-tight, water-tight, and oil-tight.  The SSC Controls G-Series foot switches have this rating.

Additional References and Safety Warnings

Cable and Connectors

Footswitches can be shipped with a variety of cable options (see examples below), connectors, and plugs.  Modifications for OEM applications (anything that is not a standard SSC product, as listed on the product pages) typically require a 100 unit minimum.  For information about special OEM modifications, please contact us by phone at 1-440-205-1600 or by email.

Cable with Leads: User can connect these wires as required.  Comes in 10, 15, or 20 amp versions.  Available on many standard SSC foot switch product lines.

cable with leads

Cable with Series Plug (also called "piggyback"): Plugs into any standard US 120V electrical outlet with 3 prongs.  The user can connect any 120V electrical device into the back end of the plug.  Comes in 10- or 15-amp versions.  Available on many standard SSC foot switch product lines.

cable with piggyback plug

Cable with terminated leads: Cables can be terminated to your specifications.  For custom OEM applications only.

cable with terminated leads

Cable with plugs: Custom plugs can be added to fit OEM equipment applications.  For custom OEM applications only.

cable with welding plug

Cable with 1/4" phone plugs: Ideal for low-voltage control applications such as for pottery wheels, speed control, and other applications.  For custom OEM applications only.

cable with phone plug

Cable with RJ-45 plugs: For telecom and computer applications.  For custom OEM applications only.

rj-45 phone plug foot switch

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