Cordless drills

If you don’t give any voltage to a cordless drill, it won’t turn. No matter how much you will try to turn it (with your hand) you won’t succeed. How and why does this happen?

The drill is spun by electro-magnets and locks in place when not given any power if I am correct.

Here’s an often-cited paper on converting a DeWalt clutch for FRC purposes.

Cordless drills have anti-backdrive pins built into them. They are small metal cylinders that shift when the drill head attempts to rotate when the motor is not rotating.

In fact, the window motors you have use a similar system:

Page 6 of the nothing-but-dewalts whitepaper linked above has a picture showing the anti-backdrive pins.