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    I am in search of a quality, dependable miniature momentary push button for operating tortoise switch machines.

    Any recommendation and even product number would be appreciated.

    Also Would Cat5 cable be useful for wiring a tortoise. This would allow wires for power, LED imdicators, etc. In one clean cable.

    Thanks
    Take Care

    Bob McCord

    Home of the Morgan Falls & Little Trinity Timber Co.

    http://www.rocarchives.com/mflt/index.htm

  • #2
    Hi Bob,

    I have been installing some Peco switch motors, and I ran into this same issue. I just purchased a few switches from Radio Shack that seem to be working fine. I will have to post the part # later as they are at home, and I am not there at this time. Will post later...
    Mike

    D&B Lumber Co.

    "The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"

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    • #3
      Rich,

      I don't suppose Demar has a web site, do they?

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      Originally posted by MP Rich


      For a good button at amuch cheaper price I use. . .Demar Electronics toll free 877-655-6433. . .



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      • #4
        Don't see anything about websites. I do have their small catalog in hand here if there are any specific items or prices. Be glad to check it. I should have stated the price for a spst pushbutton as I recommended above. Single one is $.65,twenty five up get $.61 or cheaper as you go more. These are rated 3amp at 125VAC or 28VDC. He has another type for as low as $.56 but this is the one I have used and know works. I used Radio Shack a lot at one time but they seem to have gone to more cell phone/ sat. dish store and less radio parts so I had to find alternates.

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        • #5
          For a website try www.allelectronics.com for a strange and weird variety. They do have regular stuff, too.

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          • #6
            The Radio Shack one that I used is part #275-618. These are SPST momentary pushbutton switches, rated 3A at 125VAC, 1.5A at 250VAC. As I recall, these were fairly expensive, being a couple of bucks plus change apiece.

            I need quite a few more of these as I convert over from manual to powered switches, so I will try out the above websight.
            Mike

            D&B Lumber Co.

            "The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"

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            • #7
              http://www.demarelectronics.com/

              Joe

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              • #8
                Bob

                Many of the Free-mo modelers use GC pushbutton switches. Because the modules are accessible from both sides there's usually dual switches so they use DPDTs. Specifically they use the GC-35-405 but there are other versions. Action Electronics sells them (http://www.action-electronics.com/switches.htm - scroll down the page).

                --Rich
                --Rich

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                • #9
                  Happy Modeller asked


                  quote:


                  Also Would Cat5 cable be useful for wiring a tortoise.


                  I'm not sure what Cat5 wire is, but I use phone cable. There are at least 4 and mostly now days 6 wires inside that are small enough to fit the holes in the solder tabs on the tortoise and have worked well for me.

                  What I do is use the Switchit by NCE. I wire it to the track bus with 22 ga wire then from the Switchit to the tortoise I use the phone wire.
                  Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

                  Cedar Swamp
                  SW of Manistique, MI

                  AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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                  • #10
                    I think when I was doing my search I found it would pay to mail order if I went beyond six or so. I went with Demar and found I got a guy that seemed to operate on a smaller scale stocking the simple things that are required for most layouts without having to deal with the thousands of items that a really big place might stock. I like being able to call and talk to real people and just ask if they have it and what 'tis. When I look at the ratings for the button you have it makes me wonder who does the ratings. On this small button the leads are less than a quarter inch apart. I worked a lot of higher voltage stuff at one time but I don't think we would like solder 220 leads that close together. Even at low amperage it seems too close for my comfort zone. I don't like that smoke especially if it is under MY layout.

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                    • #11
                      Cat 5 wire will work fine. As far as pushbittons I use digi-key or Mouser to buy mine. digikey.com and mouser.com. If you need me to get the numbers I will look them up. If you look under pushbutton switches you will find numerous choices.

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