The other day, fellow editor Clive "Max" Maxfield (of Programmable Logic DesignLine) contacted me with an unusual request regarding an industrial switch. Max explained that he's working on a fun "Men versus Women" project and that while searching high and low for just the right hardware parts for it he came across the following mono-lever switch from Idec:
I think he mentioned he was particularly interested in the three-position manual return part, which appears to sell new for upwards of $100. Now Max, being a frugal fellow - especially in these tough economic times - was wondering where he might find one of these little "scamps" on the cheap? (Okay, he didn't actually use those words, but as a reader of his entertaining blog I knew he was at least thinking them.)
Can any readers of Industrial Control DesignLine offer Max any suggestions? For example, perhaps recommend a resource where he might find the part - or one that's similar - at surplus or salvage rates?
Incidentally, Max is planning on his completed project to look something like the following, just to give you an idea where he's headed (insanity?) with this:
If you'd like to contact Max directly, you can do so at email@example.com - he'd be happy to hear from you!
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