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Topic: TOE SWITCH ANYONE?
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (Apr 29, 2021 05:53PM)
To my knowledge, there are two types of toe switches:
1. A normally open contact switch worn inside the shoe that can be closed by pressing on it with your toe. These are usually pancake looking in appearance. Disadvantage is only one switch is possible unless you do both shoes.
2. A series of magnetic reed switches located on the shoe of one foot and a strong magnet worn in the toe of the other shoe. Contact is made when the toe of the magnetic shoe comes close to the location of the reed switch in the 1st shoe. Advantage: you can get 3 or 4 contacts possible.

Does anyone have a source for either type of toe switch?
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (Apr 30, 2021 11:14AM)
I found the pancake switch I was referring to, thanks to Tim Wisseman. Here is the link if you need some too. They are pricey at $16 plus $16 postage.

Now to locate a decent four channel reed switch version. That will probably have to be handmade. Dan Baines used this on his Crookes Residual Ectometron.

https://www.tapeswitch.com/store/cart.php?lid=0#oc
Message: Posted by: ekins (Apr 30, 2021 06:51PM)
Here's a small contact switch that is much cheaper than what you already found. 38 cents each. Not sure it will work for a toe switch but for that much it would be worth a try.

https://www.te.com/usa-en/product-2337229-2.html
Message: Posted by: GS121002 (May 5, 2021 10:10AM)
Just an update for anyone interested: Tim Wisseman now makes his own and sells them for $5. I ordered one for a repair job I was doing but haven't received it yet so can't comment on it.
Message: Posted by: Gerald Blankenship (May 15, 2021 09:37PM)
I have two of Tim's toe switches, and they work fine.