Nova Lathe Motor Upgrade

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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 220 days ago 911 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Doing this blog to tell experiences of ordering-receiving-assembly of DVR 1624 Package Drive Upgrade Motor. Bought a like new Nova 1624 which had a simple,easy, fast 8 speed belt system, WOW what a step up from my Rikon. Used lathe for fun and making parts for projects. Then discovered segmented bowls and became firmly hooked. Finally made the decision to spend (to me) the big bucks for Nova DVR controlled motor upgrade. Ordered on Tuesday-Received on Friday by Fedex. Fast. Was packed to with stand a tank running over it. Great. No instructions in the package but there is really good instructions on the NovatoolsUSA website. Every thing worked as described except a couple things. The instrs. said to pry off the old motor drive pulley with two screw drivers. No way can you remove a stuck pulley from a 22mm shaft with screw drivers. It was necessary to use two tapered coal chisels wedged under the pulley and to pound them with a dead blow hammer which finally after moving it up about 3/4” was able to work it off. You could not use a puller as the end of the pulley is not open. Next is just a note: install the electric controller before you put the pulley (goop cleaned out) onto the new motor as it will not go on with pulley installed. The pulley did go on and seated easily with just taps from a mallet. Hope these help you when you get one. The rest of the assembly went as described. The controller is very smart but fairly simple to learn. I used it today to do a bowl and it was really nice to just push little buttons to change speeds up and down. This is a class piece of equipment. I am very happy with the purchase. After more use will do a review on LJ,s. Comments and questions welcome.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#1 posted 220 days ago

Congratulations Vernon. I owned a Rikon before purchasing the Nova DVR. Where as the Rikon was fine for a mini, the DVR is so much a pleasure to use and operate. Glad your upgrade went well for you and hope to hear more of your experiences with it. Enjoy.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 220 days ago

It’s always nice to hear a happy happy happy woodturner.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 200 days ago

I bought the nova 1624-44 about 4 days ago and so far I’ve yet to find a serious flaw. I love this lathe! I’ve owned two lathes in addition to the nova and those were like “stepping stones to greatness” lmao! Started with a rikon mini 70-100, out grew that, bought a jet 1221vs, outgrew that lol and this bad boy is holding it down! I’m trying to get any tips and tricks I c an find. If anyone has any advice please lemme know! I really wanna upgrade the nova with the DVR kit after only 4 days lol.

-- Turning is a privilege, not a right.

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