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I recently salvaged a 3.6V motor from a cordless drill that had a dead battery that wouldn't hold a charge.  I have an identical drill with a battery that does hold a charge.

I've been trying to use the salvaged motor but have been having issues.  When I hook it up to my power supply @ 3.6V it does nothing but use power. If I give the shaft a quick turn, then it begins to spin quickly. Since I salvaged it a while ago before tossing out the rest of the drill I can't study the inside.  I did open the identical drill I have and didn't find anything particularly interesting before putting it back together and there's no special gearing inside.

I tried increasing the voltage a little but it still doesn't spin without giving it a little help to start.

What could cause this?  I know my other drill doesn't get any help-- it actually has force applied against it as it starts sometimes.

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Sounds like your power supply can not provide enough current. Measure the voltage output of it with the motor attached.
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Or one of its commutator segments is defective.
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Its a high power motor, it doesn't get out of bed for less than 5 amps!

Seriously it will need several amps to overcome friction, then probably dozens more to do
its job if its a 3.6V cordless drill - do you have the specs for the drill or battery or motor?
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