Mechanical Control Levers Information

mechanical control levers

Mechanical control levers use a mechanical lever and mechanical cables as control devices. Uses might include throttle, shift , brake and others. These are devices that allow an operator to move the lever with a mechanical linkage that moves the corresponding control in relation to the lever movement. These type of devices are often used where fly by wire electronic type controls are less desirable for various reasons. Specific applications includes remote valve actuation, drive engagement and automatic pick-up hitch systems.


There are two main types of mechanical control levers.

Handle/knob - Handle knob, wheel or other grip fitting for attachment to the end of a control cable or wire rope.

Lever/control -A lever or lever fitting is attached to the end of a control cable and mechanically enhancing the applied force used to actuate a control cable, adjust the tension in a cable or multiply the force delivered by the cable. Control head may consist of hand operated, foot pedal controls, panel mounted units (knob or Venire controls), and multilever (multiple cable) control units. Levers or control heads may or may not include handles, pedals and mounting brackets.

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