Direct Base for Tortoise machines


DB8 – Eight output Direct Base

Ideal for Tortoise and other stall-motor machines, low power lighting circuits and other 12 volt uses up to 60ma. We offer just the Bases, or a Panel Package comes that comes with either 2, 4, or 8 Touch Toggles and a 2, 4 or 8 output Base.

Our Direct Bases each have pairs of wire-clamping screw terminal outputs. The terminals can clamp firmly on wires from 26 to 14 gauge. Each output provides reversing polarity DC power. Each output terminal pair unplugs from the Control Base to let you connect wires more conveniently. With this feature, wires can be connected to the terminals in your hand where it may be easier to reach or see them. Removable terminals even let you re-arrange your connections if you need to, without disconnecting the wires.

In each terminal pair, one pin is powered on Green and grounded on Red. The other is powered on Red and grounded on Green. This output is ideal for connecting reversing DC devices like stall motor switch machines across the outside pins. LEDs or any diode protected circuit can be turned on and off with this same supply. In either case, you can reverse the output indication (Red/Green to Green/Red)  just by reversing the wires.

Some stall motor systems with large motors use a bit more power. Our Real-Switch Relay Base can be wired to provide plenty of power to any of these. Switch Tender, and MTB MB1 and MP5 machines all work with our Relay Base.

You will need a 12v Power Supply to power your panel. All of our 12v bases can share a supply for up to 24 controls. Order your 12v Power supply here. You can use your own supply with a 5.5mm barrel plug and a positive center. We offer Terminal Power Adapters to connect bus power to our Bases. Read About Power For Touch Toggles for more information.


Choose below for the Package size and the style of Touch Toggle that suits your design. Toggles come with one of three light arrangements with different appearances but identical function. Read More about Touch Toggles


Two Light Red/Green Touch Toggles


One Light Red/Green Touch Toggles

Our Mini-Cup Toggles are ready-to-install fascia controls that fit in a 1″ hole in your fascia. Now in one-light and two-light versions. If there’s more than 12 inches between the Toggle and your base be sure to look into our 3-pin Extensions.



Add Tortoise Switch Machine Easy-Wire Adapters to your package to create a complete no-solder screw assembly system.

Run on-layout signals or additional panel lights from your Tortoise with Signal Adapter for Tortoise

Connect your Direct Base to distant Touch Toggles with 3-Pin Extension Cables

Control a single turnout from multiple Toggles in different locations with a Multi-Input Adapter

Control several turnouts from the same Touch Toggle with an Input Splitter

Easily position both lights of a two-light Touch Toggle with the Toggle Placement Tool

Power your Direct Base from a distant power supply with DC Extension Cables

Legal stuff: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer (lead). Unused or retired products should be recycled properly or may be returned to Berrett Hill for disposal in accordance with RoHS standards.

The Tortoise switch machine and trademark are property of Circutron.

We manufacture our products in the USA. Orders over $120 include free shipping to US addresses.

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