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FOOT SWITCH SELECTION GUIDE

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 requirements.

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

s100-1501 f200 g500-mo gx500-mo

S-Series Light-Duty Foot Switch

  • All-around good performer at low cost
  • Momentary or maintained action
  • Steel case that will last
  • Comes with cable

F-Series Medium-Duty Foot Switch 

  • Medium-duty size with durable die-cast housing
  • Momentary or maintained action
  • Comes with cable or with terminals (user installs cable)
  • Includes two exterior mounting holes

G-Series Heavy-Duty Foot Switch

  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Competitive pricing for big savings
  • Tough die-cast aluminum housing won't rust or break when dropped
  • Water, dust, oil, splash resistant enclosure
  • IP 56 Enclosure (UL Type 2, 4, & 13)

GX-Series Heavy-Duty Foot Switch

  • Same as G-Series, but without the guard
  • Water, dust, oil, splash resistant enclosure
  • IP 56 Enclosure (UL Type 2, 4, & 13)
b800 l5000-s g700-1k-s c850-0825
  • Compact size with smaller footprint
  • Available with traction pad or mounting bracket
  • Comes with cable or with terminals (user installs cable)

L- & M Potentiometer Controls

  • Variable resistance output in a pedal-style case
  • Momentary or maintained action
  • Comes with cable

G700 Potentiometer Controls

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

C-Series TIG Welding Controls

  • SSC’s rugged TIG welding foot controls set the standard
  • Available for most major welding machines
  • Priced to save big money

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.

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.

Electrical Circuitry and Contacts

Typically, foot switches contain SPDT contacts that are wired "normally open."  That is, the switch is open, or "off," when not in use.  Choosing the proper current and voltage rating for a foot switch application will depend on the circuit 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.  Consult a certified electrician with any questions to determine the amperage, voltage, and power requirements for your application.

Model and Circuit Circuit Diagram Notes / Wiring Diagrams / Images Product Images
Foot switches with cables (S-Series, B-Series, and F-Series)

Models with Piggyback Plug

Examples:  S100-1501, S400-1501, B800-1501, F200-1501

Circuit: SPDT

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
(model S100-1501)

Models with Leads

Examples: S100-1502, S400-1502, B800-1502, F200-1502

Circuit: SPDT

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
(model S400-1502)
G-Series foot switches (do not come with cable)

Model Example: G500-MO

Circuit: SPDT

(single-pole double-throw)

spdt switch circuit View of inside of G-Series Foot Switch (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.

g500 foot switch circuit inside

g-series heavy duty foot switch

Model Example: G502-MO

Circuit: DPDT

(double-pole double-throw)

dpdt switch circuit g502 foot switch circuit inside
Model Example: G503-MO

Circuit: TPDT

(triple-pole double-throw)

 

tpdt switch circuit g503 foot switch circuit inside

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 g504 foot switch circuit inside

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

g500 db double break foot switch circuit inside

Amperage Rating

The amount of electrical current that will flow through the circuit will determine the amperage rating required for the foot switch.  The amperage rating is important so the switch and wiring can handle the current that will flow through the circuit.  Consult a certified electrician to determine amperage, voltage, and other requirements for your application.  Follow all local and national electrical safety regulations..

Special Features of the G-Series Foot Switches

G-Series foot switches can include from one to three switches, and up to four independent SPDT circuits.  G500 models have one switch, G502 models have two switches, and G503 models have three switches.

The switch activation points are adjustable for some G-Series foot switches.  To increase pedal travel before the switch is activated, turn the Adjustment Screw clockwise.  To decrease travel before the switch is activated, turn the Adjustment Screw counter-clockwise.

For models with two or more switches (G502, G503, or G504 models), both switches can be independently adjusted.  If both switches are set to go off at the same time in the G502, the unit will have DPDT circuitry.  The switches can also be set so one goes off before the other.

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.

Additional References and Safety Warnings

Cable and Connectors

Footswitches can be shipped with a variety of cable options (see examples below), connectors, and plugs.  See product pages for what is available with each product line.

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.  Available in 10, 15, or 20 amp versions.

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.  Available in 10- or 15-amp versions.

cable with piggyback plug

Cable clamp: Secures various cable O.D. ranges (for G-Series Foot Switches).

cable strain relief connector

Cable with terminated leads: Cables can be terminated to your specifications.

cable with terminated leads

Cable with plug: Ideal for potentiometer and control applications.

cable with welding plug

Cable with 1/4" phone plugs: Ideal for low-voltage (50V max.) phone plug and audio applications.

cable with phone plug

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

rj-45 phone plug foot switch



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8909 East Avenue
Mentor, Ohio  44060
USA

Telephone:
1-440-205-1600

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