JR Merritt


VNSO Joystick

1,2 & 3 Axis mill-duty Joystick supports horizontal, vertical and tandem mounting of contact drives. In applications where mounting space is limited, customers benefit from the ability to configure the contact drives to suit the available space.


  • Rugged construction with nickel chromium gimbal mechanism, case hardened bearings and operating shaft

  • Supports horizontal, vertical and tandem mounting of contact drives to suit the available installation space

  • Stepless or stepped control with up to 7-0-7 detents

  • Environmentally sealed panel mounting

Axis Options
  • • Single

  • • Dual

  • • Three

Output Options
  • • Contacts

  • • Potentiometer

  • • Encoder

  • • 4-20mA

  • • Transformer

Handle Travel Options
  • • Open Gate

  • • Cross Gate

  • • Custom Gate

Joystick Action
  • • Spring Return

  • • Maintained

  • • Friction Brake

Mounting Style
  • • Panel (From Below)

Compatible Handles


The VNSO Joystick is utilized in heavy-duty cycle applications where life and durability is essential. Typical applications include:

  • Cranes (STS, RTG, overhead, foundry, portal, & more)

  • Steel mill process control

  • Logging

  • Mining machinery

  • Offshore drilling 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

+/- 36 degrees each axis


Open, Cross or Custom

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 plus cycles


Aluminum body and nickel chronium yoke.

Est. Shipping Weight

1-Axis: 4 lbs.

2-Axis: 5 lbs.

Est. Shipping Dimensions

1-Axis: 13 in. x 10 in. x 6 in.

2-Axis: 10 in. x 10 in. x 10 in.

Mounting Data

Mounting Style

Panel (from below)

Mounting Footprint

3.78" x 3.78"

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 Snap-In Contact Blocks

Max. Number:

Up to 10 contact blocks (20 circuits) per axis

Max. Switching Capacity:

Making - 100 amps

Breaking - (0.7PF) 240V 80 amps

Rating (AC):

Continuous 16 amps @ 240V

Resistive 8 amps @ 240V

Inductive 6 amps @ 240V


Captive Saddle Clamp

Max. Wire Size:

12 AWG

Additional Specifications

Reference product literature for additional specifications

Technical Drawings


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