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Electric Motor Spinning Top

A quick and easy guide to make a spinning top that has brought me hours of fun.

Electric Motor Spinning Top

This guide will break down how to make this top into such easy steps that a monkey could do it.

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Step #1:

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Electric Motor Spinning Top
  • First, you'll need one of these small electric motors.
  • You can purchase one here, but they're pretty common so check your junk box first.

Step #2:

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Use a small screwdriver or pair of pliers to move these tabs and remove the plastic endcap.

Step #3:

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  • Remove the armature from the casing.
  • You can discard the endcap and metal shell, but you may want to save the magnets inside of it for future use.

Step #4:

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Snip at the copper wire with wire cutters and unravel it from the armature.

Step #5:

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Remove any spacers or the excess materials from the armature.

Step #6:

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  • Rotate the first and last metal pieces to keep the others from moving.
  • This also makes it look cooler.

Step #7:

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  • To spin the top place shaft between your pointer finger and thumb and move them in opposite directions.
  • Enjoy your new and very cool toy!

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