24A convenient source of small shaded-pole motors is your nearest home improvement or hardware store, where they likely sell replacement electric motors for bathroom fans. Of course, you may also find such motors inside of a variety of discarded electric appliances as well. Being rather rugged devices, it is quite common to find the shaded-pole motor inside of an electrical appliance in perfect condition even though other parts of that appliance may have failed with age. In fact, the shaded-pole motor shown in the preceding photograph was salvaged from a “water-pic” electric toothbrush, the motor used to drive a small water pump (which in this case had mechanically failed) delivering water to the head of the toothbrush.