What I thought was an easy question is more elusive than I suspected. I have a number of potentiometers that have smooth (not knurled) shafts with a slot cut into the end...it looks like a flathead screw.

similar to this, from Mouser's site

I need a knob for it, but can't find one. I suspect I don't know the right thing to ask for. When I google "knob slotted potentiometer" or similar, I get a ton of pots drowning out anything I might hit for noise, and no useful links if I search for "slotted knob" "knob for slotted" etc.

While a set screw would likely work I'd prefer to get something that's made for the shaft I'm working with. Does someone know what I'm looking for and what search terms I need to use to effectively filter out the pots from the knobs?

  • Do you know the manufacturer and PN of the pot? – The Photon Dec 23 '12 at 17:09
  • It was a grab-bag box-o'-pots I bought at a garage sale. There's an assortment of pots from various manufacturers, a lot of BI Technologies & Alpha, other unmarked/unidentifiable. However, they all have smooth 1/4" shafts with slots ~2-3mm deep. – dwwilson66 Dec 23 '12 at 17:12
  • A large amount of knobs fit that kind of pot. It's fairly standard. – Garrett Fogerlie Dec 23 '12 at 18:04
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The slot is for adjustment with a flat-headed screwdriver (instead of a knob), and is not generally intended as a feature for the knob to engage with. Just use the same type of knob that you'd use with a purely cylindrical shaft - a knob with a setscrew:

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  • Well then. That's a great reason I wouldn't be able to find a specific pot for this shaft. Set screws it is! Thanks. – dwwilson66 Dec 23 '12 at 18:07

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