Cheap diy foot speed control for dremel or other tools

i have a b&d rtx rotary tool and love using it but the switch and speed control where so far apart i decided to make a foot speed controller out of a broken sewing machine foot switch.
the good thing is i can set my top speed limit with the controller on the rotary tool so its like a set and forget, also i don't have to turn it off any more unless in changing bits since on my model you have to have the switch off to change a bit.

parts needed are.
1x singer or whatever brand sewing machine foot switch.
1x extension cord.
1x soldering iron.
1x roll solder.
2x 2in pieces of heat shrink.
wire cutters and screwdriver.

total cost was $4 dollars.
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Step 1: Removing the cables

after you remove the box covering the cables you need to only cut the 2 wires going to the motor.

Step 3: After all is together test

after i got it all together i tested it out and it works better than i thought, the low speed on my tool is 15k rpm but with the switch i can go a lot slower than that and max is 30k rpm.
manishrkp2 years ago
Good idea, can we use it with hitachi electrical drill machine?
dsjackson13 years ago
Great idea my friend. I'm going to hit up the thrift store tomorrow and try to nab an old sewing machine pedal. Solid instructable. Thanks.
cmlucht (author)  dsjackson13 years ago
Thrift store is a great place for cheap parts, we also have a pawn shoppe here that sells as is stuff love it.
seamster3 years ago
Thanks for posting this. I've been wanting to do this for my scroll saw, and now I know how!
cmlucht (author)  seamster3 years ago
Your welcome, it was fun to make and I'm finding lots of uses for it.