JR Merritt


VNS2 Joystick

Often described as an oversized VNSO, the VNS2 multi-axis joystick offers the maximum in ruggedness and versatility. The VNS2 provides step and stepless control for AC & DC variable speed applications, and feature contact drives that can be configured to fit into the available panel space.


• Environmentally sealed

• Dual compression spring return for handle centering (maintained and friction brake also available)

• Detents up to 7-0-7 steps

• Proportional control with custom first point and high speed detents

Axis Options
  • • Single

  • • Dual

  • • Three

Output Options
  • • Contacts

  • • Potentiometer

  • • Encoder

  • • 4-20mA

  • • Transformer

Handle Travel Options
  • • Open Gate

  • • Cross Gate

Joystick Action
  • • Spring Return

  • • Maintained

  • • Friction Brake

Mounting Style
  • • Panel (From Below)

Compatible Handles


The VNS2 series of joysticks are typically used where duty cycle is extremely high or continuous. Typical applications include:

• DC Cranes

• Steel mill machinery

• In-plant process control

• Logging equipment

• 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, 4-20mA & Transformer

Joystick Action

Spring Return, Friction Brake or Maintained

Handle Travel

+/- 40 degrees each axis


Open or Cross

Max # of Steps

Up to 7-0-7

Handle Compatibility

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


20 million cycles


Aluminum body and nickel chronium yoke.

Est. Shipping Weight

1 Axis: 17 lbs.

2-Axis: 21 lbs.

Est. Shipping Dimensions

1-Axis: 24 in. x 12 in. x 12 in.

2-Axis: 18 in. x 18 in. x 16 in.

Mounting Data

Mounting Style

Panel (from below)

Mounting Footprint

5.67" x 5.67"
See literature for additional mounting specifications

Environmental Data

IP Rating


Operating Temperature

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

Electrical Data

Contact Specifications

Switch Type:
Double Pole Contact Blocks

Max. Number:
Up to 10 contact blocks (20 circuits) per axis

Max. Switching Capacity:
Making - 160 amps
Breaking - (0.7PF) 240V 160 amps

Rating (AC) VNS2:
Continuous 25 amps @ 600V
Resistive 20 amps @ 240V
Inductive 14 amps @ 240V

Rating (DC) VNSB2:
Resistive 5 amps @ 250V
Inductive 2 amps @ 250V

Saddle Clamp

Max. Wire Size:
12 AWG

Additional Specifications

Reference product literature for additional specifications

Technical Drawings



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