(Topic ID: 266574)

Cherry Microswitches: Actuating tab nub selections, weight differences, etc?

By dmacy

88 days ago

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  • Latest reply 57 days ago by pinballlife
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    #1 88 days ago

    Had a discussion with a friend regarding this. The Cherry DA3 vs. DB5 has obvious differences between them. I typically will replace a switch one at a time and install the actuator tab on the same "nub" as that was removed from. What we noticed is that sometimes it's better to move the actuator tab when going from an original DA3 to DB5 depending on the location such as an orbit lane that needs to see a fast ball.

    Has anyone else noticed some differences too or has to move the tab when using the DB5 in some cases? I'm really starting to see the benefits of the DA3 more and more. Ideally getting some DA3's are the better choice as long as PL (maybe others) have them, but $6 vs $3. I guess you do get what you pay for?!
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    #2 87 days ago


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    #3 62 days ago

    Trying to do some research and found this helpful with some gram details for different options. I'd still like to find an inexpensive spring tester to do some comparisons. Page 14 is where the actuator specs start:


    #4 62 days ago

    I've seen the actuating button in different colors; green, white, and yellow. I don't see any reference to those colors in the catalog. Does anyone know if the button color signifies any difference in switch performance?

    #5 57 days ago

    you might find some useful info there: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/cherry-microswitches-in-wms-games

    Found some other information regarding swapping the actuator from the old DA3 to the new DB5: https://pu-parts.com/sub-microswitch-5647-12693
    It seems and IIRC the actuator of the DA3 does not fit very well on the DB5 due to slightly different geometry of the "nose" where the actuator "clips" on
    Wondering that this topic/discussion does not pop up more often tough

    #6 57 days ago

    DA3's have been out of production for about 10 years, thus the move to DB5's.

    Any DA3's you find for sale are NOS.


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