Remote switch for 120v, 2 way winch motor

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  1. zzzzap

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    I have a 120v, 2 way winch and a corded remote with a 3 conductor wire and 2 momentary switches that I want to hard wire into the winch circuit. My idea is to tap into the hot lead between the circuit board and switch then with the switch leads from the remote tie into the forward and reverse sides of the reversing switch in the winch. Seems straight forward enough but I have a nagging feeling that I am overlooking something. Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated. IMG_20151024_115343825.jpg IMG_20151024_115609047.jpg IMG_20151024_115405419.jpg IMG_20151024_115416678.jpg
     
  2. #12

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    Are you saying you have a reversing switch in the winch and another reversing switch on the end of a cable?
    (Your words got a little tangled.)
     
  3. zzzzap

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    That is correct AAC. I sometimes need to operate it remotely but still want to preserve the original function.
     
  4. #12

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    I think I just figured it out. You don't have a winch with a 3 wire cable, you have a winch AND a three wire cable. You want to connect the switches on the cable in parallel with the original switch in the winch and it looks too simple. I think it's as simple as it looks.

    Correct me if I fumbled it again.

    ps, My moniker is pronounced, Number Twelve.
     
  5. zzzzap

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    Sorry #12, I just zeroed in on the AAC. Thanks for translating for me, that is what I want to do. The only thing that confused me was the winch switch sending power to both the motor field and the brushes on a common terminal on each side. Makes sense now.
     
  6. MaxHeadRoom

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    Looks to be a Universal motor so the fields are reversed WRT the armature, you cannot connect the switches in parallel, you could short everything out.
    Max.
     
  7. MikeML

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    You need two relays at the winch controlled by two sets of momentary push-buttons; one local, one remote. For safety, I would use 12V or 24V on the relay coil side, so your remote cable doesn't have line voltage in it.
     
  8. #12

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    I wasn't done!:eek:
    I was still figuring out what he wanted. My next question was about how many wires are connected to the switch in the winch, but he logged out and wandered off. If it's three, the only danger I see is pressing 'up' and 'down' at the same time. If the switches have to do the motor winding reversal, that's a whole different job.
     
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