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Blog entry by poospleasures posted 01-20-2014 12:53 AM 4202 reads 1 time favorited 11 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,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon



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doubleDD

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#1 posted 01-20-2014 01:33 AM

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 01-20-2014 02:12 AM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 05:01 AM

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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Ker

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#4 posted 03-31-2015 05:16 AM

I am considering this upgrade for my nova 3000. Would like to hear your impressions so far since you’ve had it over 1 year now. Do you feel there is any advantage gained by still using the belt drive instead of the direct drive. Do you ever find a need to change down to the slower pulleys for speed or power reasons? I also wondered if the belt’s action as a shock buffer would be better than having the jolts & vibrations from turning connected directly to the motor armature as in the DVR power head, though I’ve heard of no such failures. Are the controls easy to reach & see since the motor is located farther back from the headstock? I would certainly appreciate your input. Financially, the cost of the upgrade motor plus what I could my 3000 for would be close to a wash with the price of a new DVR, so just trying to decide which way to go. Appreciate you thoughts. Thanks.

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Ker

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#5 posted 03-31-2015 01:02 PM

Thanks so much for your input. A few questions. Does the rpm readout show motor rpm or can it be calibrated to show headstock rpm or doesn’t it make much difference? Are you wired for 110v or 220v? Is the control panel easy to see & use? Thanks.

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poospleasures

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#6 posted 03-31-2015 05:01 PM

I would think headstock speed. As the instructions says to put the belt on certain pulley grooves in order get the correct speeds. I run mine on 110 and don,t see a reason to use up one of my 220 plugs. The control panel is well lite and fairly easy to program. Let me know if you have other questions ?

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 07-13-2015 12:39 AM

Where did you buy the upgrade motor. I’m wanting to get one, but Technatools site says they are out of stock.

-- Roger

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Ker

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#8 posted 07-13-2015 02:59 PM

The only place I’ve seen the motor for sale has been Teknatool USA. They got a shipment in around March of the year (I’m guessing a bit at that) and by the time I decided to order one in late April they were out of stock. Teknatool promptly refunded my credit card and “predicted” they receive more by the end of June. I’ve been watching the site daily but so far still show to be out of stock. If you call Teknatool directly- I spoke with Jon Ford- they do get advance notice of when a shipment will arrive and I think they can actually take an advance order from you within 10 days or so preceeding arrival. They don’t seem to get very many in at a time.

Roger, are you planning upgrading an older Teknatool lathe? I have an older Nova 3000 with a Leeson motor on it. I have vacillated back and forth between upgrading it with this motor or selling the 3000 and buying a new DVR. The new DVR has an improved tailstock though I’ve never had an issue with mine. I’ve guess getting rid of the belt is an advantage though I’ve never had any belt issues either. It’s kind of a toss up, this motor upgrade cost $1000 including shipping so if i sold my 3000 for $700-$800 I’d be very close to the price of a new DVR ($1799 + $100 shipping from CPO Tools). Maybe having the all new DVR instead of a conversion piece would be better overall. If you have any input about this, I would be very interested in hearing your take on it.

Thanks,
Kerry

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slotman

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#9 posted 07-16-2015 12:29 AM

I have a 1624-44 about 4 years old. I love it & use it nearly daily, but want the DVR, partly for the ease of speed change, but mainly because of the slower speed I can get with it. I don’t think I’d get more than $600 if I sold it, so I think the upgrade is my best bet.

-- Roger

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poospleasures

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#10 posted 07-16-2015 01:03 AM

I say go for it you will not be disappointed. The advantages are soo nice. Enjoy. Have more fun.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#11 posted 09-12-2016 11:36 AM

Ker, I also have a Nova 3000. Did you upgrade your 3000 with the “DVR 1624 Package Drive Upgrade Motor”. If you did…What additional parts did you need? How much for these additional parts? How difficult was the upgrade? Are you happy with the upgrade now? Anything else is appreciated. Thanks!

-- Ron, Greenbush

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