JR Merritt


VCSO Joystick

The VCSO joystick is rugged, compact and offers excellent application versatility. VCSO Joysticks are utilized where precise proportional and step control of A/C or D/C drives and electro-hydraulics is desired.


• Rugged construction

• Compact design (6 contacts & potentiometer in each axis in a 4.75 square area).

• Corrosion resistant components

• 6 Double Pole contact blocks each axis (field replaceable)

• 10 million plus operations

• Long life, compression type return spring system

Axis Options
  • • Single

  • • Dual

  • • Three

Output Options
  • • Contacts

  • • Potentiometer

  • • Encoder

Handle Travel Options
  • • Open Gate

  • • Cross Gate

Joystick Action
  • • Spring Return

  • • Maintained

  • • Friction Brake

Mounting Style
  • • Panel (From Below)

Compatible Handles


The VCSO is highly versatile and used in a range of industries and equipment. Typical applications include:

• Oil & gas machinery

• Municipal snow removal vehicles

• General industrial applications

• And more


General Data

# of Axis

Single, Dual or Three*
*Third axis is achieved via a twist handle function or thumbwheel.

Output Options

Contacts, Potentiometer, & Encoder

Joystick Action

Spring Return, Friction Brake or Maintained

Handle Travel

+/- 37 degrees each axis


Open or Cross

Max # of Steps

Up to 6-0-6

Handle Compatibility

Standard Handles, Mechanical Interlock, Round Ball, FG-3, FG-4, FG-5, RH, RHS, BH, MG1, MG2, MG13, MG9 / MG25, MG27, G56


10 million cycles


Glass filled Zytel body, nickel chromium yoke (properties similar to stainless steel)

Est. Shipping Weight

2-3 lbs.

Est. Shipping Dimensions

8 in. x 8 in. x 8 in.

Mounting Data

Mounting Style

Panel (from below)

Mounting Footprint

3.78" x 3.78"
2.84" x 2.84" (optional)
See literature for additional mounting specifications

Environmental Data

IP Rating


Operating Temperature

-13 to +158 degrees F [-25 to +70 degrees C]

Storage Temperature

-40 to +158 degrees F [-40 to +70 degrees C]

Electrical Data

Contact Specifications

Switch Type:
Double Pole Contact Blocks

Max. Number:
Up to 3 contact blocks (6 circuits) with potentiometer
Up to 6 contact blocks (12 circuits) without potentiometer

Rating (AC):
Resistive 10 amps @ 240V
Inductive 4 amps @ 240V

Saddle Clamp

Max. Wire Size:
12 AWG

Additional Specifications

Reference product literature for additional specifications

Technical Drawings



Need help choosing the right controls for your application?
Connect with us