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Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #150 on: July 10, 2019, 01:34 PM »
Just sold my Ridgid drill press on Craigslist!  Am going to place the order on the Nova pretty soon, once I figure out how to coordinate delivery.
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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #151 on: July 10, 2019, 04:10 PM »
I think you will really like it. 

I just used mine for precisely drilling cup hinge holes for 8 cabinet doors.  With an added table made from Woodpecker parts, the drill press makes it really easy.  Love the automatic depth stop and the variable speed as I've never been that confident with turning a large Forstner bit too fast.

Check with your local Rockler as I got a mailer on floor models of various fixed base tools on sale including the Nova drill press here in Chicago.  You might find one locally.

Also, check when you get it as there have been two software updates since I owned mine.  You need a windows-based computer with USB to update the software, but the new features are nice!

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #152 on: July 10, 2019, 04:26 PM »
I think you will really like it. 

Love the automatic depth stop and the variable speed as I've never been that confident with turning a large Forstner bit too fast.

Don't forget the zero setting for depth stop. At first I set my zero with the table. that;s after a few months I realized that the zero is a reference with the piece you want to bore. Easy and quick setting. Put your bit on and your board, while the drill speed is off drive down the quill until you touch the board. Hit the ZERO button. Release the quill and set your depth. For some reasons it took me a while to figure that one  [eek]

Perhaps, reading the manual would have helped a bit.
Mario

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #153 on: July 10, 2019, 04:49 PM »
I have now put mine on a mobile base, if I have too move it, I lower the table to help with it being top heavy, and it is very easy to move around. I have small heavy duty castors that take 120kg each, swivel lockable. I made some wall clamps for safety too. When it’s locked down and clamped it’s solid as a rock.

Hopefully start making my table in the next few days too.
Had a surprising issue with the new Rohm chuck. I checked my machine’s spindle without chuck and arbor, and it was .005 half of a 1 thousandth of an inch. Then the Chinese arbor, .002, the Rohm arbor was around the same. Then mounted the Chinese stock chuck .005, then put the Rohm chuck on, tried with both arbors, and a disappointing .009
I have had Rohm chucks before always good, mainly Supra’s, this one is the better tolerance, more expensive Spiro.
I sent the supplier videos of the runout tests, and the chuck is on it’s way back to Rohm.
They can refund or replace, I want the chuck but one that doesn’t wobble  [blink]

If not I guess I’ll shell out a little more for an Albrecht.
Amazing machine though, been using the depth stop a lot recently. I half expect the machine to talk to me when I switch on!

Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #154 on: July 10, 2019, 05:01 PM »
Thanks for the tips.
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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #155 on: July 10, 2019, 05:30 PM »
@ear3 Another tip, my Voyager came with a chuck guard, apparently the European version has to have one (EU regs). So the software update is different, and some have installed it by mistake, which means the machine will not start, as it thinks the guard is open. So just double check you have the right firmware.

I have actually removed my guard as it was annoying me, and I just leave the micro switch in the closed position.

Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #156 on: July 10, 2019, 05:37 PM »
Thanks Jiggy!

@ear3 Another tip, my Voyager came with a chuck guard, apparently the European version has to have one (EU regs). So the software update is different, and some have installed it by mistake, which means the machine will not start, as it thinks the guard is open. So just double check you have the right firmware.

I have actually removed my guard as it was annoying me, and I just leave the micro switch in the closed position.
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #157 on: July 10, 2019, 05:45 PM »
You’re welcome, and I hope you enjoy the machine, I’m sure you will.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #158 on: July 10, 2019, 08:57 PM »
Just sold my Ridgid drill press on Craigslist!  Am going to place the order on the Nova pretty soon, once I figure out how to coordinate delivery.

10 years ago when I bought my Unisaw Woodcraft delivered it to me in their truck with a lift gate. I have a pickup and a trailer but the lift gate made it very easy, they dropped right at the garage door. I think it cost me $50 for them to bring it the 25 miles to my house, and that included a bridge toll. From there I moved it into the shop and set it up on my own, including picking the saw up to set it in the mobile base.

If you don't have a pickup you can rent one with a lift gate I believe from U-haul for less than $50/day I would bet, or maybe whoever you are planning to purchase from can handle delivery as Woodcraft did for me.
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Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #159 on: Yesterday at 03:13 PM »
Just pulled the trigger on the Drill Press.  Ordered direct from Acme tools, which does free delivery.  I'll see if I can convince driver with a generous tip to help roll the unit down my 70 foot (fortunately flat) driveway to the front of my garage/shop, as opposed to just dropping it curbside.

I have my neighbor, who works UPS freight, on assist with muscle on the assembly.
Kapex KS 120 w/UG Cart and Extensions • CXS Set • T18+3 w/Centrotec Installer's Set • PDC 18/4 • TS 75 • TSC 55 • HKC 55 w/250, 420 and 670 FSK rails • Carvex 420 w/Accessory Kit • Domino 500 Set • Domino 700 XL • OF 2200 w/Base Accessory Kit • OF 1400 • OF 1010 • MFK 700 EQ Set • LR 32 • MFS 400 w/2000, 1000, and 700 extensions • Rotex 90 • Rotex 150 • LS 130 • ETS-EC 150/5 • ETS-EC 150/3 • Pro 5 LTD • RTS 400 • RAS 115.04 • RS 2 • HL 850 • Vecturo OS 400 • CT 26 w/BT module • CT Sys w/Long-Life Bag • MFT/3

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #160 on: Yesterday at 03:17 PM »
Just pulled the trigger on the Drill Press.

Congrats on your new toy  [big grin]

Assembly is very simple & having another set of hands help when it's time to put the head. Make sure to read the assembly steps  [wink]
Mario

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #161 on: Yesterday at 03:43 PM »
Yes as Mario says, easy assembly, the head unit is an awkward and quite heavy part. So just be aware, if you have help though, it’s very manageable.

I’ve nearly finished my table now, just got to make the fence. I went with a hand wheel for the rise and fall, works fine but the table needs to be lifted with one hand, whilst winding with the other, all ok though.

The mobile base arrangement works well, just need my replacement Rohm chuck now.