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Forum topic by shipwright posted 01-08-2017 12:19 AM 1270 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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shipwright

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01-08-2017 12:19 AM

I just replied on a thread about the new Nova DVR drill press and it made me take a look at a few things. For one I checked the price on Nova's DVR lathe. They are both very nice tools with lots of very cool bells and whistles.
Price for the two seems to be around $4000.

That makes me feel better about the $1689 that I spent to put a very similar motor in my ShopSmith. The SS PowerPro upgrade switches out the old motor, spindle and speed changer for new parts including the DVR (Teknatool) motor and digital controller. This gives me arguably a better drill press and a better lathe than the Nova tools. And to boot I get digital DVR performance on my table saw, planer, bandsaw, sanders, jointer and with another couple of upgrades I can also use the powerhead under the table as a shaper / router table. I get all these tools with 2Hp digitally controlled DVR power. My total outlay to upgrade my SS Mark V 510 to a virtual Mark 7 was around $3200.

I’m very happy with the whole setup. I liked SS a lot before but this is a whole new level of performance and it still fits in my little shop.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/


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#1 posted 01-08-2017 12:46 AM

I ask in the other thread but does your setup allow for automatic digital depth control and allow for setting the motor to start when the quill starts to lower? Also what is the minimum DP and Lathe speed?

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 02:14 AM

Depth control is manual like a normal drill press but still accurate and no you need to push the start button to start the motor. Minimum speed is 250 rpm.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 02:20 AM



Depth control is manual like a normal drill press but still accurate and no you need to push the start button to start the motor. Minimum speed is 250 rpm.

- shipwright

Those three things are among the largest selling points of the Voyager DP for me, the quick dead accurate depth control, not having to manually start and stop the press for repetitive tasks where having it running constantly is a safety issue and the low speed on the Voyager is 50 rpm, 250 is too fast for some of my operations.

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 03:13 AM

These aren’t issues for me that I would ever need. I’ve never had accuracy problems or safety problems with my Delta drill press. Also 250 rpm is as slow as I will ever need. The other DVR R advantages far outweigh those for me.
I’m happy with mine and I can tell you’re happy with yours.
So everybody is happy.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 04:59 AM

DVR is the way to go for motors!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 01-08-2017 05:35 AM

Hey Jim, are you in Az?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#7 posted 01-08-2017 10:19 AM

I found myself drooling over that upgrade a couple years ago, Paul. Couldn’t bring myself to it, though. The “show price” (The Woodworking Show) of a brand-new Mk7 was only a few hundred more. Couldn’t do that, either. Decided to just use her up and wear her out, then study the matter more deeply. Now, I long for the Galaxy, like Jim has.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 01-08-2017 12:03 PM

Shipwright…would love to see more about your Shopsmith. Have you posted about it before?

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#9 posted 01-08-2017 01:46 PM

Redoak, yes I have. http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/series/4678

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#10 posted 01-08-2017 03:40 PM

That was a very smart option to take brother.
As you mention, all your tools will benefit from that upgrade.
And, being comfortable with the SS, it makes complete sense.
Nice move.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 01-09-2017 02:14 AM

Good example for everybody Paul to do your homework, weight it all up & go for the best mod’s to suit your particular needs, I have been a Nova man for about 20 yrs now & switched to the DVR about 6 to 8 years ago & very happy with the performance.
Thanks for sharing
cheers Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 01-10-2017 10:08 AM

That is one cool upgrade.
I love that machine, wish we could get them in Europe.
So much charm.
Best thoughts buddy,
Mads
(I’m also happy). ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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