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09-28-2013 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: nova lathe dvr 2024

Has anybody had a similar problem to this?

Just bought a Nova DVR 2024 (I got a raise and blew it on tools!). I’m pretty happy with it except for one pretty big problem: sometimes it won’t start. I press the start button, it makes a little whiny-growly noise and sits there like it’s stuck. If I give it a little nudge but lightly cuffing the workpiece in the direction of rotation, though, it’ll start up and work as advertised.

Should I send it back?


-- Miles

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#1 posted 09-28-2013 07:05 PM

I would see what they want to do about it, being new there’s no reason you should be chasing problems,,,,and that seems to me to be one.

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 07:37 PM

contact them while it is still new and see what THEY want to do to keep you as a customer. If you get no satisfaction from the first person keep asking for their supervisor and move up the line until you get help. The bottom feeders are hired to get rid of you as cheaply as possible with some companies. I did get a lady a few weeks ago that fixed my problem in a heartbeat. I broke a little plastic handle on a garden water “wye”. the little off and on handle. I had spent about $15 and it shouldn’t have broke. I explained that since I had broken 1 I wanted to “buy” 2. She asked for a photo. I sent it and less than 30 minutes. In less than 3 days she had sent me 2 complete new wyes. That is customer service. That is all companies really have to sell. The other guy has already built the product and that is the real way to make money. Sell a product. Call them now and see what they can do. They are a reputable company.

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 08:00 PM

Might be a bad capacitor, call Teknatool.

Otherwise, how do you like the lathe?


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#4 posted 09-30-2013 01:53 AM

It sounds like a capacitor problems, but if it is new, I’d send it back!
Just a tip if you keep it.Ii had capacitor problem on my 15” Craftsman lathe that I bought used. It blew two of the starting capacitors out at 6 months apart. The electric motor service center where I bought the 2nd capacitor said to cure that problem, put in a CAP with the same capacitance but double or triple the voltage. I put a 220 v one in there and it has not blown in 3 years now.
Never buy the cap’s at Sears. They are 3-4 times the price you can get one at a motor shop of E bay.

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

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 01:15 PM

Thanks, all – I contacted Teknatool, and they’re supposed to get back to me soon.

-- Miles

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 09:04 PM

Tekantool were very responsive. Turns out it was a loose connection in the motor housing – one of those multi-wire nylon cable connectors had one wire that had backed out a little bit (maybe 1/8”). Following their directions I pushed it back in, and everything was copacetic. No more problems on that count!

Here’s what I like:
It’s powerful. The motor is a beast.
The tailstock is heavy and strong.
The stand is sturdy and heavy.
The swiveling head makes bowl turning easier.
The remote control wristband. This seemed like techno-overkill to me when I first got it, but I love being able to start and stop the lathe without reaching around a bowl.

What I don’t like:
The spindle lock keeps coming unscrewed. It has a big nut and lockwasher inside the motor housing, but there’s not much clearance to get a wrench in there, and even accessing it requires removing 14 screws to get behind the motor housing cover plate. I’ll try Loctite next time.

The stand has a sheet metal front piece that bangs my knees. (It’s the one that has all the decals on it in the pictures.) It’s necessary for stiffening, but I think I’ll drill some holes and mount it on the back, instead.

Changing speeds by increment is really precise, but a little fiddly. You have to press and hold one button, press the up or down button, then press the P button to shift directly from one preset to another. Just holding down the up or down button changes speed in 5 rpm increments, but it can take a while to change it from for example 500 to 1000 rpm that way.

The banjo is a little stiff to move around. I think I just need to fiddle with it some more to get it set up just right.

The decals look like they were slapped on by a drunkard. I think I’ll just peel them off eventually – they’re not exactly necessary. And you can’t exactly see them for the growing mound of shavings I’m collecting on the floor!


-- Miles

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 10:41 PM

I know a few people that have that lathe. They all had the same experience with the speed changing but once they got use to it and adjusted to it, they are all very satisfied with their lathes. They use to have a circuit board problem of some kind in that lathe that required them to send you a new one to install if your lathe experience the problem. They must have corrected the problem because I never hear of it anymore.

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 08:58 PM

I have a brand new Galaxy. Keep getting RPS msg, did the factory reset but still have it Any feed back appreciated

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#9 posted 08-27-2016 09:18 PM

Gerry I recommend you make a new thread so more people will see your question.


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