Plug-in speed control for tools or appliances

Posted on Jan 5, 2013

Most standard household appliances and portable hand tools can be adapted to variable -speed operation by use of this simple half-wave SCR phase control. It can be used as the speed control unit for the following typical loads pro-videe they use series universal (brush type) motors. During the positive half cycle of the supply voltage, the arm on potentiometer R2 taps off a traction of the sine wave supply voltage and compares it with the counter emf of the motor through the gate of the SCR

Plug-in speed control for tools or appliances
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When the pot voltage rises above the armature voltage, current flows through CRI into the gate of the SCR, triggering it, and thus applying the remainder of that half cycle supply voltage to the motor. The speed at which the motor operates can be selected by R2. Stable operation is possible over approximately a 3-to-l speed range.

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