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Offline Rollin22Petes

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Nova drill press
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:20 PM »
Can somebody who has one of these tell me how tall it is. I have searched but can't find it's height I'm going to buy one and have a upper cabinet I need it fit under Thanks. 

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Offline jbasen

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 08:03 PM »
The drill press is 70" tall.  I think you will really like it.  Powerful, very quiet, and I now have the discipline to change the speed depending on the drill bit and wood because it is sooooo easy!

Offline Rollin22Petes

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 08:58 PM »
Thanks a lot. It really came down to the Nova or Powermatic. The Powermatic gets mixed reviews at almost the same price but the only negatives I heard of on the Nova was it's very low audible beep and not being able to take small diameter bits. Neither is of much concern to me plus the Nova has a lot of added features over other offerings in the same price range.     

Offline jbasen

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 09:10 PM »
The beep volume is definitely an issue. 

My plan, when I get around to it, is to purchase one of these from Lee Valley to take care of the issue of not being able to handle small drill bits

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=75987&cat=1,180,42334

Hope this helps

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 09:42 PM »
The beep volume is definitely an issue. 

My plan, when I get around to it, is to purchase one of these from Lee Valley to take care of the issue of not being able to handle small drill bits

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=75987&cat=1,180,42334

Hope this helps

I have been debating over the Nova or the PM2800b also. Both are available at my local Woodcraft and are on display. The Nova is shorter than the PM. The table is not as nice for woodworking as the PM table, no so easy to replace insert is a concern for me. Yes it can be replaced but PM has a square piece of Masonite or MDF that you can make a couple dozen from scarps, the Nova is round and a little more work to make or you have to buy them. Might seem minor but still. The PM comes with a fence the Nova does not.

There are some reviews on the Teknatool site worth reading. Every one of them complained about the low volume of the warning beep and that the chuck will not tighten up on anything smaller than a 3mm bit. I think I'm going to give it some more time and see if the competition comes up with anything to challenge Teknatool. So far no one has brought out a lathe like the DVR-XP. I've had mine for about 6 years now and love it.

http://www.teknatool.com/product/nova-voyager-dvr-drill-press/
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Offline online421

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2017, 09:35 PM »
A woodworking store near where I live (2 mile) has the Nova drill on display.

Its a nice drill if you do a lot of repetition work.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2017, 11:28 PM »
A woodworking store near where I live (2 mile) has the Nova drill on display.

Its a nice drill if you do a lot of repetition work.

That's so true!

I've been using the Nova DP to drill hundreds of holes in aluminum and tapping many of them.

The features I use the most are the function keys that instantly change speeds and the digital depth stop.

While the Nova DP is supposed to have a tapping function (one of the main reasons I bought the machine) in my experience it only works correctly about 10 percent of the time. But when it does it's kind of a miracle it's so cool.

The basic features of the Nova DP can be used as a work around for the flakey tapping feature. I simply set the digital depth stop and at slow speed the tap stops instantly when the quill has traveled the specified distance. I have set one of the function keys to be a forward/reverse switch and when I touch that key the tap backs out.

I did upgrade the machine with a keyless chuck and a cross slide milling table. The chuck allows use of a wrench to tighten taps enough to withstand reverse motion. It holds smaller bits than the standard chuck. I also swapped the long table elevation crank for a wheel. It makes changing the table height swifter and smoother.

With the above very productive setup I was able top complete the project myself. With any other DP I would have had to sub-contract much of the work which would have cost more than the Nova DP cost.

Offline egmiii

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2017, 12:22 AM »
Would you mind sharing a link to the replacement chuck? Seems to be a common complaint and many might find your suggestion useful.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2017, 04:32 AM »
I'd be interested in the handwheel info in addition to the chuck you chose.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2017, 06:55 AM »
I think this is the keyless chuck I have.

I bought a  zinc hand wheel from McMaster.

 If the link doesn't work it is 6" in diameter with a 1/2" un-threaded hole. The hub had to be drilled larger to fit the stub. The stub is poorly formed and not an exact size. I used a fractional bit (can't recall size) to make a tight fitting hole. I didn't secure the wheel well enough when drilling and the hole became ragged but that maybe improved the fit. With the help of a hammer the soft zinc was moved out of the high spots resulting in a very good fit.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 07:01 AM by Michael Kellough »

Online Cheese

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2017, 11:12 AM »
Here's another keyless chuck option...Albrecht. They come in a number of sizes and mounting configurations. Some have diamond coated jaws to bite into hardened tooling/shafts.

No matter what make the chuck is, you'll also need a pair of wedges to remove the chuck. There's a minimum drill size for all keyless chucks, usually around 1/16" diameter. So if you're using a drill smaller than that, you'll have to remove the keyless and replace it with the keyed chuck.

The removal wedges are purchased for whatever Jacob's taper is needed. The 2nd picture below shows #3 wedges above the Albrecht keyless, while #2 wedges are lying on the drill press table.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2017, 09:47 AM by Cheese »

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2017, 11:20 PM »
The LLAMBRICH chuck has an integrated shank so you just use the simple triangular steel piece included with the DP to strike the top of the shank through a slot in the quill.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova drill press
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2017, 05:47 AM »
Hmmm, I wonder would my SnapOn tie rod end fork work?  [blink]

JK, it hasn't seen use in a number of years and was just trying to justify
its existence in my tool chest along with my other outdated or obsolete
automotive tools. Ya know, stuff like the special Ford upper control
arm adjusters for doing front end alignments, only needed for early 70s
Fords, Mercurys, and Lincolns or a fan belt tension gauge.  [unsure]
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