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    Default Forward, Reverse, Motor, 3 Locations

    I have a motor, on a hoist, if you power one wire, 110 AC, it goes one way, if you power the other wire it goes the other way. Can I use four way switches to control it from three locations? If so Can someone give me a wiring diagram? Is there a place on line I could buy a low voltage switch system to do this also?

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    Could be an easy hook up if you have the correct switch and wires in place.
    ON-OFF-ON moment switch. Not likely to be found at home center but they are in Grainger or electrical supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by construct30 View Post
    I have a motor, on a hoist, if you power one wire,
    terminal 1
    110 AC, it goes one way,
    if you power the other wire
    terminal 2
    it goes the other way.
    Can I use four way switches to control it from three locations?
    Yes
    Terms 1 & 2 [the travelers] go to the first 4-way, which feeds the 2nd 4-way which feeds a 3-way. The common term of the 3-way goes to 110v.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switch

    If you want indicators on each switch indicating which way the motor is turning you need 3 ea. neon indicators with built-in resistors.

    If you need a center off you need 2 ea. DPDT center off switches and 1 ea. SPDT center off switch, all with contacts rated for a motor load at your amps. Try Hosfelt, Digi-key, Allied, Allelectronics, Mouser, Jameco, MPJA.

    Less than $10 excluding shipping.
    Last edited by Thatguy; 09-19-2009 at 04:06 PM.

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    Regular 4 way switches will give you operation in either direction, but will not give you an "OFF" option. For that you need motor reversing switches with a center off position which are MUCH more expensive.

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