I thought it was time to upgrade my faithful 3000 to a new DVR. Hard to imagine how a machine simply spinning a piece of timber around neeeds to be anything more than a motor driving a shaft with some method of attachment for you timber.
Thats what I thought untill I fired up this new machine, they are chalk & cheese, the DVR has no belt drive as the motor is built as part of the headstock, the motor is a “Digital Variable Reluctance” unit, the technology give a constant speed adjustment regardless of the load variations. You can dial up any speed in 5 rpm incriments up to 3000 rpm with 5 presets to your liking. There is also a choice of 3 speed coefficents , soft, med & hard to kepp speed adjusted correctly. The headstock rotates a full 360 degrees.
The smoothness with no belt linkage is incredable.
So thats the good news, but what about all your chucks, carving posts faceplates and a variety of other gadgets you have built up along the way, not to mention the bed extension is also different, then if I tell you that the spindel thread size is different gives a hint to what happens next.
I have already done all the new inserts for the chucks, bought new faceplates to add to the standard one supplied & am currenly rebuilding a new vacuum chuck, so I am getting there.
But boy it is worth it, if you are thinkng of upgrading part of your gear then go for it, remember that today is not a practice day in your life it’s the real deal & it has just moved on another “notch” in your life
-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got