Trouble with the bass drum
April 10, 2008
The first Solarbotics GM10 motor I mounted or LDM for the "bass drum" quickly started getting stuck, as if the gears were faulty. I cursed, cut the hot glue to get the motor off of the robot, and soldered up wires for another motor. With the new motor glued onto the robot, I tested it and, just like the first motor, it worked great for about a minute or two, and then started getting stuck as well. So now I suspect that the gears are just getting damaged when the stick hits the ground repeatedly. It's almost as if these tiny pager motors hadn't been designed to drive metal sticks onto hard surfaces...
So I don't know what I'm going to do for a bass drum. Maybe I'll just have to go without one. But I think it really adds a lot, so that'd be a shame.