Subject:RE: RE: RE: sticky throttle Date:Mon Dec 19 07:41:49 2011
Response to:16670
Thanks Dave!
Of course you're absolutely right about the "deadman" terminology. My definition is tied to the old hand-shift bikes we started out with in the 60's, everyone called the foot clutch a "suicide" clutch and if you did not twist the "sticky" throttle back to the idle position you were a dead man. The factory clutch was actually a rocker type, it would stay disengaged if you took your foot off, but a lot of guys modified them to work like a car clutch, spring loaded, it would engage when you took your foot off of it; true "suicide"

You are totally wrong on the "deadman" aspect.

A machine has a "deadman" control to prevent the machine from self-destructing or inflicting harm if the operator becomes dead. For instance, a railroad train has a "deadman throttle" - the train will move as long as the operator is alive and can pull the handle. If the operator "dies" and cannot pull the handle, the train stops moving.

I'm currently writing the software for an automated beer brewery. The system incorporates "deadman" protection. The longest expected operation is 90 minutes. If the operator does not "do something" within 120 minutes, the system assumes the operator is "dead", and automatically shuts itself down. This machine protects itself from over-heating, and protects its environment from electrical fires and the like.

Hummers do not offer "deadman" protection - if you set the throttle to 100%, you will go at 100% until you either slow it down, or run into something, at which point your throttle will still be 100%. You are in total control of your machine - dead or alive.


On 12/18/2011 9:28 PM, Hummer Exchange wrote:
> NAME: Mike
> EMAIL: michael.schmitt-A-
> DATE: Sun Dec 18 21:28:48 2011
> SUBJECT: RE: sticky throttle
> yep, what Robert said, they don't "spring" back. They all had a "dead man" throttle, same as the big twins, it would stay where you put it until you turned it back.