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Old 06-12-2018, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by MadMan View Post
Well... a new cap didn't help much, but the motor does seem a tiny bit more lively. Also I'm back to not being sure about the diode's purpose. I would think the diode would be to prevent inductive kickback... on a DC motor. It's wired so that Line goes through one half of the field coil, through the diode, to one brush, through the armature, out the other brush, through the capacitor, then through the other half of the field.

So it's like....half wave rectifier??

Meh, it works, that's good enough for now.
If it is a half-wave rectifier it seems like a weak design. If that is the case and the diode were to open the motor would probably go up in smoke pretty quick.
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