Oscar Controls Vortex spinner
The Vortex spinner is a clone of the
original Tempest spinner.
The entire frame and encoder wheel is
finished in black zinc
for life-long corrosion resistance for all the individual
The Vortex has the strongest & most durable frame available in
any spinner due to its all steel welded-box construction.
The encoder wheel, which is a perfect match for Tempest, is also
perfect for MAME. Little to no adjustments to the MAME
settings are required for perfect gameplay!
All the components on the
Vortex spinner are completely interchangeable with an original
Tempest spinner, less the optic board.
– The Vortex has the same tooth count, size, spacing,
and profile as Tempest. The encoder wheel on the
Vortex does not have the outside ring like the
original for increased flexibility in optic board placement.
– The Vortex flywheel is machined from aluminum like the Tempest spinner. The
overall diameter of the flywheel was kept the same so
it would have the same weight distribution as the
– The shaft on the Vortex is adjustable for wood or
metal control panels, where Tempest was designed for a
metal control panel application.
– The all steel, rigid, welded box frame of the Vortex
spinner is the same construction as the original
Tempest. The Vortex spinner has mounting holes for a
Tempest or Oscar Controls optic board (an Oscar
Controls optic board is supplied with all Vortex
spinners). The Vortex spinner can also be fitted
directly to a Tempest control panel with no
– The standard dual bearings on the Vortex are a
perfect match for the original Tempest and can be used
as a direct replacement if necessary. Since the
bearings and flywheel weight are the same on the
Vortex as the Tempest spinners, the feel is identical.
Connection to encoder interface
The connection header
on the Vortex has 4 pins labeled:
The +5V and GND pins
are to be wired to your encoder's similarly labeled
connections. The S1 & S2 pins are to be
wired to your encoder's signal input connections (X1
& X2 for the Opti-PAC, A3 & B3 for the
Hagstrom ME4, etc). A
receptacle connector is included with the
spinner for making the wire connections. A small,
flat head screwdriver is all that is required for
inserting the wires into the connector.
Recommended wire size is 22 gauge stranded.
When using the Vortex
spinner with the Ultimarc Opti-PAC, ensure the
interface's polarity jumper is set to Active Lo for
.: USB Mouse interface
The optional USB mouse
interface allows the Vortex spinner to be connected
directly to your PC's USB port. The USB mouse
interface is compatible with Windows98/Me/2000/XP.
The Vortex may be used
on either the x- or y-axis with the USB mouse interface,
and it also supports axis-reversing.
The Vortex is designed for extremely easy installation.
Only a single hole in your control panel is necessary (5/8" - 1
1/8") for the shaft to protrude through. Two screws to attach
the frame to the underside of your control panel are all that is
Recommended clearance allowance for
installation: 5" x 4" x 1 7/8" deep.