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Offline 08G8V8

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #330 on: April 12, 2021, 12:53 PM »
I think this makes sense, as the Viking is quite tall to be a “bench top” drill press. I own the Viking and bought a stand for it initially which was 35” tall, and have since changed it to something about 29 or 30” tall.

Yes, it’s missing features of the Voyager, but it is a good bit cheaper than it too. Depends on what you want/need I guess.


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Offline serge0n

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #331 on: April 12, 2021, 06:34 PM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #332 on: April 12, 2021, 06:40 PM »
wow thats a long time to wait

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #333 on: April 12, 2021, 07:01 PM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #334 on: April 12, 2021, 07:12 PM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

Trying to locate one. Grizzly seem to be in may.  I just sold my voyager and trying to find viking

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #335 on: April 13, 2021, 09:19 AM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

Trying to locate one. Grizzly seem to be in may.  I just sold my voyager and trying to find viking

Why the switch?

Offline festal

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #336 on: April 13, 2021, 09:25 AM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

Trying to locate one. Grizzly seem to be in may.  I just sold my voyager and trying to find viking

Why the switch?

Mainly lack of space.  2 car garage with one car parked and also storage for junk :)  trying to make it work for shop

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #337 on: April 13, 2021, 09:26 AM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

Trying to locate one. Grizzly seem to be in may.  I just sold my voyager and trying to find viking

Why the switch?

Mainly lack of space.  2 car garage with one car parked and also storage for junk :)  trying to make it work for shop

Oh, you are getting a bench top?

Offline festal

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #338 on: April 13, 2021, 09:30 AM »
I bought a Nova Viking back in November with a good discount, still waiting for it. Initially they promised 3/8 ship date, now it has moved to the end of April. I'll be lucky if I get it at all before summer!

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

Trying to locate one. Grizzly seem to be in may.  I just sold my voyager and trying to find viking

Why the switch?

Mainly lack of space.  2 car garage with one car parked and also storage for junk :)  trying to make it work for shop

Oh, you are getting a bench top?

Yep benchtop version and i can put it on top of the cabinet.  So i can wheel it around and have storage space for stuff

Offline Vanhalo

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #339 on: April 13, 2021, 03:36 PM »
Woodcraft will probably locate one for you.
I know my local WC has the benchtop version on the floor.

Offline festal

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #340 on: April 13, 2021, 03:44 PM »
Woodcraft will probably locate one for you.
I know my local WC has the benchtop version on the floor.

don't have any near me and website shows June delivery

Offline serge0n

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #341 on: April 13, 2021, 06:36 PM »

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

My order is still pending, I just called them last week and they told me it should arrive at the end of April. We'll see. Viking is no longer available for purchase at that website.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #342 on: April 13, 2021, 07:38 PM »

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

My order is still pending, I just called them last week and they told me it should arrive at the end of April. We'll see. Viking is no longer available for purchase at that website.

where did you order from?  Zoro?

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #343 on: April 13, 2021, 07:52 PM »

I ordered a Voyager beginning of January and they cancelled my order since they don’t expect deliveries until late August.

My order is still pending, I just called them last week and they told me it should arrive at the end of April. We'll see. Viking is no longer available for purchase at that website.

where did you order from?  Zoro?

Yes - had 15% off too.

Might add I checked the delivery every week by phone for 2-1/2 months and when it got down to 15 days all of the sudden the web page said out of stock. A call confirmed this and shortly thereafter they cancelled my order. They said they will honor the price when available but still very disappointed.
« Last Edit: April 13, 2021, 08:04 PM by Mike Goetzke »

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #344 on: May 27, 2021, 07:52 PM »
Just found that video and thought it would give some ideas for those who want to make their own drill press fence.
Mario

Offline Rich Kline

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #345 on: May 27, 2021, 09:38 PM »
I got the bench top delivered from ACMETOOLS on Tuesday.  As many did, I ordered two+ months ago, but there site is currently showing inventory!

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #346 on: August 01, 2021, 10:19 AM »
I talked to them this week.
They said they are going to continue to offer the Vulcan MT3 Spindle Assembly (#838110​), Table(838?), and the downfeed accessory(#83820) as upgrade items for the Voyager.
roughly $1000 upgrade.

Well, that didn't last because when I asked only a couple weeks later I was told not available any longer.
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Offline Mini Me

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #347 on: August 01, 2021, 07:24 PM »
I am in the process of building one of these for my DP but not using the extrusions he used.


Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #348 on: March 19, 2022, 09:37 PM »
FYI - today 3/19/22 I see a decent deal on a used Voyager on Baltimore CL.

Offline festal

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #349 on: March 19, 2022, 09:38 PM »
FYI - today 3/19/22 I see a decent deal on a used Voyager on Baltimore CL.
Is that $1500 one?


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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #350 on: March 19, 2022, 10:25 PM »
FYI - today 3/19/22 I see a decent deal on a used Voyager on Baltimore CL.
Is that $1500 one?


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Yes.

Offline festal

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #351 on: March 19, 2022, 10:25 PM »
Been there for 2 weeks already. Guess it’s not selling


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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #352 on: March 20, 2022, 12:02 PM »
Been there for 2 weeks already. Guess it’s not selling


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Ha - if I were closer it would be in my garage.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #353 on: March 20, 2022, 02:29 PM »
It's not a bad price, but since you would have no warranty and there is a bit more to this tool than a purely mechanical drill press that could be a problem down the road.

If there was any remaining warranty and that could be transferred then maybe it would be a different story. However that is unlikely so I would offer something like $1200. And I say that as someone who has one and used it for about 6 months now so I know what it is, and isn't.

I had a NOVA DVR Lathe for over 10 years. It never gave me one lick of trouble and performed flawlessly. When I sold it last Fall the new owner was tickled pink when he tested it out. The drill press is basically the same motor in principle but with a more sophisticated controller tailored to drilling operations.

Parts seem to be hard to come by these days, so a control board that crapped out might put you out of business for a while. Meanwhile a 'regular' drill press will be humming along without a care in the world. There are a number of plusses to the Voyager, but possibly some cons that make it not such a good buy from a reliability perspective. I sold two of my other drill presses when I bought the NOVA, but hung on to one floor model and one benchtop model. So I have two that I could fall back on if something happened to the Voyager.

Be sure to put a surge protector on the power supply. It's in the manual. I bought a Trip Lite ULTRABLOK 428.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B81D
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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #354 on: March 23, 2022, 09:36 PM »
It's not a bad price, but since you would have no warranty and there is a bit more to this tool than a purely mechanical drill press that could be a problem down the road.

If there was any remaining warranty and that could be transferred then maybe it would be a different story. However that is unlikely so I would offer something like $1200. And I say that as someone who has one and used it for about 6 months now so I know what it is, and isn't.

I had a NOVA DVR Lathe for over 10 years. It never gave me one lick of trouble and performed flawlessly. When I sold it last Fall the new owner was tickled pink when he tested it out. The drill press is basically the same motor in principle but with a more sophisticated controller tailored to drilling operations.

Parts seem to be hard to come by these days, so a control board that crapped out might put you out of business for a while. Meanwhile a 'regular' drill press will be humming along without a care in the world. There are a number of plusses to the Voyager, but possibly some cons that make it not such a good buy from a reliability perspective. I sold two of my other drill presses when I bought the NOVA, but hung on to one floor model and one benchtop model. So I have two that I could fall back on if something happened to the Voyager.

Be sure to put a surge protector on the power supply. It's in the manual. I bought a Trip Lite ULTRABLOK 428.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B81D

Thanks for the link but the manual says 3900J and this one is 1420J. I know nothing about these so is 1420J adequate?

Found a cheaper one with 4200J rating: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFRKSXD/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #355 on: March 23, 2022, 11:30 PM »
Found a cheaper one with 4200J rating: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFRKSXD/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

This is the one I bought for my Nova Viking.  Works fine but I keep unplugged most of the time as an added layer of protection against voltage spikes.  We tend to get brown outs when it is windy and I don't use the drill press daily.
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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #356 on: March 24, 2022, 05:04 AM »

Thanks for the link but the manual says 3900J and this one is 1420J. I know nothing about these so is 1420J adequate?

Found a cheaper one with 4200J rating: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFRKSXD/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Strange, the PDF copy of the manual I downloaded from Nova when I bought my Voyager makes no mention with regard to required or recommended minimum Joule rating of the surge protection device, only that it be rated at 15A, 120V for North America.

I searched (Ctrl-F) the manual for '3900J', 'joules', and 'surge'. The only relevant hit I got was this:

342725-0

Not doubting you but where did you find the 3900J requirement from NOVA?

I'd like to know if I need to replace my surge protector with a higher rating.

« Last Edit: March 24, 2022, 08:24 AM by Bob D. »
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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #357 on: March 24, 2022, 07:54 AM »
Thanks for the link but the manual says 3900J and this one is 1420J. I know nothing about these so is 1420J adequate?

Found a cheaper one with 4200J rating: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GFRKSXD/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

This is the one I bought for my Viking also

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #358 on: March 24, 2022, 08:35 AM »
@Bob D.  The reference to the surge protector is in the newer Viking manual.

Offline Erich

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #359 on: March 24, 2022, 10:46 AM »
The Amazon Basics 4200J is the same one that we have on our Viking.