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Arctic, Western and Fisher Joystick Controls

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Gix1k4, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    Just thought I'd post up my solution to the problem I had with my Arctic joystick. Just from checking the different parts suppliers online, it looks like there are a few brands that share the identicle (or close to identicle) control.

    Last year I was backing up while raising the blade, when my rear tire caught a parking block. That caused additional pressure on the control and one of the sub-miniature switches inside it broke. We took it apart and found the casing on the switch was broken. I went and priced a replacement control and was told that I'd have to replace the whole unit at almost $350. I thought that was rediculous and because I'm cheap, I decided to see if a repair was feasible. I found a supplier with the switches and ordered some.

    The style of controller that we're dealing with;
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    The PC board with broken switch;
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    The hardest part was getting the old switch off the board without damaging it. Because it's really hard to heat all 3 contacts at once. Since the switch was broken anyway, I used a pair of sidecutters to break away the plastic housing. Then I was able to remove the contacts individually. Once they're out of the way, you can take a small drill bit and clear away any leftover solder in the pc board holes. Remove just enough so that the new switch fits tight enough to not fall out when you flip the board over to solder it.
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    Once that is done, you're ready to solder. One thing to remember here....a little bit goes a long way. The last thing you want to happen is to have the solder flow down into the switch below.
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  2. Gix1k4

    Gix1k4 Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    Original solder joint;
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    The new joint; not perfect but it works.
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    And re-assembly;
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    The replacement switches are made by Cherry Switch and part# is E62-50A. I got mine from Digi-Key, and their stock # is CH545-ND.

    Hope this is of use to somebody someday
     
  3. Dstosh

    Dstosh Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    Couple weeks to late. For me atleast. Angelo's sells just the circut board for 130 or so. Thats what I bought. Thanks for that info.