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What do you mean by “kill the power” ? Does the volt meter go to zero.

Generally it s/b click on solenoid or if starter or solenoid is shorted ……. Some smoke.

No, nothing is generally no current getting to solenoid.
 

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if no solenoid “click” starter may not be issue. See the starter does nothing till the solenoid pulls in then actuated the starter. Gotta be solenoid or before it in wires, starter switch, or battery cables. You have full 12.7 volts on battery? No voltage as you say. I’d start at battery and ring everything out before replacing anything.

While you have starter on bench apply 12 volts and rule it out. Check w/meter for any shorts on starter first.
 

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Brushes not contacting the comutator will not short out. It will be an open circuit and do nothing. It will not cause voltage drop because it is open. A dead short as described in reply #10 will drop the volt meter to nothing. By not having any activity on the solenoid (no click, smoke, or sparks) says the issue is before it in the switch, wiring, connections, or battery
 
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