JR Merritt

Construction / Off-highway

Rugged work requires rugged joysticks and control systems.

J.R. Merritt Controls partners with construction / off-highway machinery manufacturers to customize control solutions that provide superior operator efficiency and productivity. With an emphasis on quality and reliability, all J.R. Merritt joysticks are handcrafted to our exacting standards to ensure your equipment is always moving.

For construction and mobile equipment we offer a complete range of electronic joysticks with CANOpen, Basic CAN, J1939, hall-effect and 4-20mA outputs. Additional output types also available.

Aligning with the industry shift towards operator and jobsite safety, we work with you to thoroughly define and identify the most intuitive controls for your machinery's functionality. Single axis controllers and multi-axis joysticks with Hall-effect or CANbus outputs are available that can be custom configured to a range of construction and contractor machinery, including excavators, loaders, cranes, industrial lawn mowers, snow plow systems, and more.


  • Excavators
  • Loaders
  • Bulldozers
  • Mobile Cranes
  • Crawler Cranes
  • Tower Cranes
  • Tracked Vehicles
  • Industrial Lawn Mowers
  • And more

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Why J.R. Merritt Controls?

Unmatched Quality & Reliability

J.R. Merritt's joysticks are manufactured and tested to withstand the harshest conditions and use. A stringent focus on quality control in our U.S.-based, ISO certified manufacturing facility ensures the utmost accuracy and quality of all our electronic joysticks and controllers.

Fully Customized to Your Requirements

Every joystick we build is as unique as its application and operator. From the handle to the output technology, we partner with our customers to engineer and manufacture the controls that will meet and exceed the needs of their application. When working with us, consider our engineers and technical staff an extension of your own team.

Ultimate Versatility & Functionality

Comfort and function are key when using a joystick or controller. With an extensive portfolio of handles, grips, buttons and switches, J.R. Merritt's interface solutions are engineered around intuitive operation and user comfort. Our team will work with you to recommend the best options that will suit the movement and actions of your operator and equipment.

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Helpful Resources & Tools

Manufacturers of off-highway and construction equipment face an array of unique challenges when defining and choosing a joystick to control their machinery. To assist OEMs through this process, we've released the below articles that feature top considerations and recommendations for optimal joysticks and controls in off-highway and construction equipment.

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