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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #120 on: June 18, 2019, 02:28 PM »
@Mario Turcot You were absolutely right Mario, mine arrived this morning, what a piece of kit!

I’ve used many pillar drills over the years but, nothing like this, it really is like nothing else. I am going to put a keyless chuck on it, probably a Rohm.
Very pleased with it though, it’s amazing!  [thumbs up]

Congrats, now lets bore some holessssssss  [big grin]

The only thing I wish the Nova Voyager have is a square pillar to stabilize the center point. I'm wondering why today's drill press are not offering that feature.

Thanks Mario, I also agree about the centre points.
This has crossed my mind with other drill presses. Today, I used a laser level to centre everything, and made a few references points with a Sharpy.
I’m off to make more holes now  [big grin]

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Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #121 on: June 21, 2019, 07:05 AM »
Wondering if I could ask some dimensional questions from Nova owners, as I'm trying to figure out whether I can swap one out for the Ridgid drill press I currently operate in my shop.  The specs on the machine for the base are 22 1/4” x 17 1/2″.  Is that the total footprint for the rest of the machine?  The pictures show that the motor doesn't project back past the column, unlike belt driven presses, so it seems like the base dimensions should define the outer limits for the body rest of the machine.  My only worry is the handle on the right to raise and lower the table, which seems to stick out from the machine rather more than on my current press, and would therefore potentially knock into the workbench next to which it would stand.  Anyone got measurements on how far past the base dimensions that handle swings out?
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #122 on: June 21, 2019, 09:33 AM »
@ear3

All dimensions are aprox

Handle side view: The back of the base from the center 5", from the exterior pillar to the edge 2".  Swivel protrude from the back 6" 3/4


Handle front view: The handle protrude from the center of the pillar 14".


Table side view: Base 23" x 18", table 16" 13 x 16" 12. The table protrude in front about 2"


Hope I answer all your questions, if not do not hesitate to ask specifics.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2019, 09:52 AM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #123 on: June 21, 2019, 12:57 PM »
I replaced my crank handle with a wheel. It might save an inch to the rear. Since it stays under the table it does not waste any space to the right.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #124 on: June 21, 2019, 02:09 PM »
I replaced my crank handle with a wheel. It might save an inch to the rear. Since it stays under the table it does not waste any space to the right.

@Michael Kellough you have a picture to share?

My next shop project is to make a table for the Nova and I would like to see how you handle the handle  [wink]
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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #125 on: June 21, 2019, 02:11 PM »
I’m going to make a table and fence for mine, I’m collecting some melamine ply tomorrow.
I picked up a hand wheel today too. I was thinking of leaving the stock crank handle on, and spacing the table higher instead.
As long as it’s firmly secured, I can’t see a problem. The hand wheel would look neater though.
How amazing are these machines? I have been getting used to mine yesterday and today, and really am fascinated by it.

Offline sprior

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #126 on: June 21, 2019, 02:14 PM »
I've been thinking of (but not doing) about a drill press table upgrade.  Check out how they deal with the handles in this Woodsmith Shop video:

Those gears are expensive but available.  I still haven't figured out where to get the extension rods and connection points.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #127 on: June 21, 2019, 02:15 PM »
Jiggy, you played with the auto start yet? it's seriously  [eek]

I had my sister to make me a blanket to cover it when not in use. I was even thinking of building a little bird house roof on top lol.
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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #128 on: June 21, 2019, 02:16 PM »
@sprior   [eek] [eek] that is an awesome setup, thank you for sharing. And the crank is on the front  [big grin]
Mario

Offline sprior

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #129 on: June 21, 2019, 02:19 PM »
Yeah, I don't have the Voyager press, I'm thinking about doing this for my Delta benchtop press.  The thing that's holding me back from buying the Voyager is the idea of the Vulcan - the concept of having some metal milling capability is REALLY compelling, but there are NO review videos showing that in actual use and the availability of the Vulcan is VERY limited so I'm also concerned that it's not a fully real product and could disappear without warning.  I do have a Nova DVR XP wood lathe and I'm quite happy with it.

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #130 on: June 21, 2019, 02:47 PM »
Jiggy, you played with the auto start yet? it's seriously  [eek]

I had my sister to make me a blanket to cover it when not in use. I was even thinking of building a little bird house roof on top lol.

Hi Mario, Yes I’ve dabbled with it, very clever indeed, and safer in many aspects.
The bird house roof idea has given me the giggles!  [big grin] [big grin]

@sprior That looks very neat and functional  [thumbs up]

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #131 on: June 21, 2019, 02:59 PM »
I'd be tempted to fabricate an adapter that mated to the spot where the hand crank attaches and had a hex head bolt on the other end. Then just use an impact wrench or something to turn it.

Offline sprior

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #132 on: June 21, 2019, 03:00 PM »
If I started thinking about it too much I might attach a stepper motor and cheap controller to run it.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #133 on: June 21, 2019, 03:01 PM »
I replaced the crank on mine first with a wheel, and then with a socket - extension - long handle flex head ratchet. The wheel was OK until I added a heavy table.  The ratchet set up works well ..... plenty of leverage and no interference with wall or table.

Seth

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #134 on: June 21, 2019, 03:16 PM »
@SRSemenza Hi Seth, yes i wondered how a wheel might be with a heavy table, the wheel I bought has a crank handle too, but still.

I can’t understand why more people don’t make a table that sits higher, to miss the crank. With a pillar drill there is plenty of room both up and down?
« Last Edit: June 22, 2019, 01:27 PM by Jiggy Joiner »

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #135 on: June 21, 2019, 04:15 PM »
I'm thinking or a power drive, with a switch to raise/lower the table.

A reversible motor and the proper gearing is all it needs.


McMaster-Carr would be a good place to search for beveled gears,
bushings, bearings, and such. There are others, but McMaster comes
to mind right off.

https://www.mcmaster.com/bevel-gears

https://www.mcmaster.com/hand-wheels

https://www.mcmaster.com/rotary-electrical-actuators


A good source for linear actuators to use for projects is replacement recliner chair actuators. They come in various lengths and power requirements. Most are reversing which fits a lot of applications. And they are inexpensive, about $60 or less, you'll need to add a power supply for most but those can be had for $15 to $25.
« Last Edit: June 21, 2019, 04:22 PM by Bob D. »
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Offline sprior

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #136 on: June 21, 2019, 04:35 PM »
This thread is taking a dangerous direction.  We'll start off just having a motor with an up or down button, then someone will get a bright idea to have a digital position readout (in mm of course), then how about programmable positions, then all the money gets sucked out of the room.  Oh I forgot, this a the Festool forum, no money left anyway  [wink]
« Last Edit: June 21, 2019, 04:41 PM by sprior »

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #137 on: June 21, 2019, 04:52 PM »
This thread is taking a dangerous direction.  We'll start off just having a motor with an up or down button, then someone will get a bright idea to have a digital position readout (in mm of course), then how about programmable positions, then all the money gets sucked out of the room.  Oh I forgot, this a the Festool forum, no money left anyway  [wink]

Next stop, elimination of the need to turn the quill crank.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #138 on: June 21, 2019, 06:25 PM »
OK, I can take a hint. I'll stop before the bank is broke. :-)

The NOVA Voyager is my next big tool purchase, later this year I suspect.

I've had the NOVA DVR lathe for about 8 years now and it's great.
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Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #139 on: June 22, 2019, 06:56 AM »
Thanks @Mario Turcot

@ear3

All dimensions are aprox

Handle side view: The back of the base from the center 5", from the exterior pillar to the edge 2".  Swivel protrude from the back 6" 3/4
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Handle front view: The handle protrude from the center of the pillar 14".
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Table side view: Base 23" x 18", table 16" 13 x 16" 12. The table protrude in front about 2"
(Attachment Link)

Hope I answer all your questions, if not do not hesitate to ask specifics.
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Offline ear3

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #140 on: June 22, 2019, 07:05 AM »
@SRSemenza Any pics?  I might have to do something similar if I get this press in order to fit it in my space.

I replaced the crank on mine first with a wheel, and then with a socket - extension - long handle flex head ratchet. The wheel was OK until I added a heavy table.  The ratchet set up works well ..... plenty of leverage and no interference with wall or table.

Seth
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press WHEEL
« Reply #141 on: June 22, 2019, 11:48 AM »
Not the best angle to judge space requirements or savings but it looks like it does not project to the rear any farther than the clamp arm that fixes table height and it obviously does not come close to the right side of the table.

The drill is in another shop across the Hudson so it’s not convenient at this time to get a better picture. I’m able to raise the table via the wheel even with the heavy cross slide table onboard, but not easily.

The laser is a Wixey device. It has to be adjusted to the height of the work surface (the top of the workpiece) but if you have a lot of work at that height it’s helpful.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2019, 11:56 AM by Michael Kellough »

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #142 on: June 22, 2019, 12:05 PM »
@SRSemenza Any pics?  I might have to do something similar if I get this press in order to fit it in my space.

I replaced the crank on mine first with a wheel, and then with a socket - extension - long handle flex head ratchet. The wheel was OK until I added a heavy table.  The ratchet set up works well ..... plenty of leverage and no interference with wall or table.

Seth

    Nothing fancy.

    I used a threaded rod connector to make the transition. In the case of this Delta press I drilled and tapped through the side ( the connector) for a set screw to tighten against the flat side of the drill press shaft. Others may be different. Then just added whatever socket / ratchet stuff I wanted.

          


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Offline Cheese

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press WHEEL
« Reply #143 on: June 22, 2019, 01:07 PM »

I’m able to raise the table via the wheel even with the heavy cross slide table onboard, but not easily.


Michael, I have an older Delta drill press with a "production coolant table", add on a Woodpeckers top and a 40# Heinrich vise and even with the stock crank set-up it can be very difficult to raise. I find that by lifting up on the front edge of the table, even slightly, with one hand while then cranking with the other hand the process becomes much, much easier.  [big grin]


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press WHEEL
« Reply #144 on: June 22, 2019, 01:49 PM »

I’m able to raise the table via the wheel even with the heavy cross slide table onboard, but not easily.


Michael, I have an older Delta drill press with a "production coolant table", add on a Woodpeckers top and a 40# Heinrich vise and even with the stock crank set-up it can be very difficult to raise. I find that by lifting up on the front edge of the table, even slightly, with one hand while then cranking with the other hand the process becomes much, much easier.  [big grin]

Don’t think it would go up at all without lifting the front of the table. Also, might gouge the column.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #145 on: June 22, 2019, 08:20 PM »
I think the wheel is easier to turn than the long crank, no extraneous lateral motion. But you do have to get farther around the side of the table to get to the wheel.


Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #146 on: June 24, 2019, 02:01 PM »
@sprior
This thread is taking a dangerous direction.  We'll start off just having a motor with an up or down button, then someone will get a bright idea to have a digital position readout (in mm of course), then how about programmable positions, then all the money gets sucked out of the room.  Oh I forgot, this a the Festool forum, no money left anyway  [wink]

You asked for it  [tongue]

12v 1Ton lift

I let you deal with the digital readout  [big grin]

You can also use something like powerlift Desk with 4 programmable position.
Mario

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #147 on: June 28, 2019, 03:54 PM »
My Rohm Spiro chuck arrived today, the arbor is to follow.
I’ve owned a few Rohm chuck before, (Supra) and always been very happy with them. This time I dropped a bit more money on the Spiro, it’s built to a better tolerance. Feels very nice in the hand, just hope it’s as nice on the Voyager.

Will start making my table on Sunday hopefully, and possibly a mobile base, and an anchoring bracket for the column.
Really love this machine.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #148 on: June 28, 2019, 06:08 PM »
That's a nice chuck  [smile]

You seriously consider a mobile base?

Any draft of your table yet? I watched a few dozen videos of people table and I'm not decided yet. I like that one from WoodSmith but there is so many.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2019, 06:10 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #149 on: June 29, 2019, 03:28 AM »
Hi Mario, yeah it’s a real nice chuck, I’m considering a mobile base, only because the area where the press will probably live, is used mainly for stock storage, and it might mean the drill press would sometimes have to moved out of the way, and then replaced again. Just like being pulled out a few feet, then pushed back.
If I went with this, it would also have an anchor point on the column to hold it firmly in place.
Still undecided though, and may locate it elsewhere.

I think for the table, I’ll use 18mm melamine faced ply, bonded to standard 18mm ply. Then four T channels going front to rear, and one full width channel at the front.
And a fence with a flip stop, maybe two.

I’ll keep the measurements and post it up when done  ;)