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Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #390 on: June 28, 2022, 10:03 AM »
As other Voyager owners will confirm, a movable base must be as low as possible. The Voyager stands quite high, and is probably designed to live on its own base.



I think I shall move the wheels to the side (although they are not in the way).

Regards from Perth

Derek

Derek,

As one of the most talented hand tool woodworkers I've seen on this and other forums I'm surprised to see such nice machinery in your shop. Mind sharing what else you have? Is it just those 3 or do you have all the usual suspects?
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #391 on: June 28, 2022, 10:18 AM »
I think it would be more stable with the wheels on the side.
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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #392 on: June 28, 2022, 10:38 AM »
Yesterday I took the mobile base and chuck off the Voyager and the vibration is less at 3000RPM but still what I call excessive at 5500RPM. At 5500RPM the quill handles and table shake quite a bit.

I did put it on the mobile base again and wheeled it to it’s home position. My load leveling casters have rubber feet built in that you turn a wheel to stabilize the machine (worked great on my wood lathe). Sort of by chance I tipped the DP to the back and the 3000RPM vibrating was reduced. So I found some wood blocks to support the front and the vibration level is similar to the DP without the mobile base. That 5500RPM vibration still there.

I had a 15” Ridgid DP in the same location for 20+ years on one of those mobile bases you make with 2x2 stock and it didn’t vibrate much at all (even at 3000RPM). You think this 300#+ DP should run smoother. They do advertise it as “vibration free”.

Nova is supposed to get back to me today.



Offline derekcohen

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #393 on: June 28, 2022, 08:07 PM »
As other Voyager owners will confirm, a movable base must be as low as possible. The Voyager stands quite high, and is probably designed to live on its own base.



I think I shall move the wheels to the side (although they are not in the way).

Regards from Perth

Derek

Derek,

As one of the most talented hand tool woodworkers I've seen on this and other forums I'm surprised to see such nice machinery in your shop. Mind sharing what else you have? Is it just those 3 or do you have all the usual suspects?

You are very kind. With regard to machines, I have upgraded most over the past 10 years, but really it should be seen as a 30-year period of development. I use machines fir the grunt work, and prefer handtools for all joinery, advanced shaping and finishing.

I also have a shortbed Hammer K3 slider, a Nova Saturn lathe, a small 9x6 belt sander, as well as a router table built into the K3, and a host of routers, etc, etc.









Regards from Perth

Derek

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Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #394 on: July 26, 2022, 10:21 AM »
@scholar (and others) Have you added a front crank for elevation yet?

I splurged for a Woodpecker’s DP-Pro. I built a table for my old DP but this thing is in my opinion worth the big $. But, I find the table lock hard to get to (this is probably the case for any DP with a large table) and the large elevation crank on the Voyager just misses the table.

I’m thinking of doing the bevel gear mod for the elevation and putting an extension on the table lock. If any others have made these mods any help is appreciated.

For the elevation I was actually thinking of using a torque cable like Woodpecker’s did on their “sidewinder” router lift years ago. This would eliminate the bevel gears but Woodpecker’s doesn’t have parts for these anymore and I’m finding it difficult to find a cable like they used.

Mike

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #395 on: August 12, 2022, 12:00 PM »
Yesterday I took the mobile base and chuck off the Voyager and the vibration is less at 3000RPM but still what I call excessive at 5500RPM. At 5500RPM the quill handles and table shake quite a bit.

I did put it on the mobile base again and wheeled it to it’s home position. My load leveling casters have rubber feet built in that you turn a wheel to stabilize the machine (worked great on my wood lathe). Sort of by chance I tipped the DP to the back and the 3000RPM vibrating was reduced. So I found some wood blocks to support the front and the vibration level is similar to the DP without the mobile base. That 5500RPM vibration still there.

I had a 15” Ridgid DP in the same location for 20+ years on one of those mobile bases you make with 2x2 stock and it didn’t vibrate much at all (even at 3000RPM). You think this 300#+ DP should run smoother. They do advertise it as “vibration free”.

Nova is supposed to get back to me today.

Just thought I’d give an update. Nova/Teknatool seemed concerned and helpful to help solve my vibration issue but maybe due to COVID and current supply chain issues progress has been slow. They did end up sending me a new headstock but it had the same vibration issue as the original. Just for grins I removed the quill and it ran very smooth (I was instructed to do this on the original headstock but it had no effect). I reindexed the spline drive on the quill and reassembled it and to my surprise it was still pretty smooth running. Then I added the chuck and it was still good. All this was done on my shop built mobile base so I’m very happy camper now.

Mike

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #396 on: August 12, 2022, 01:30 PM »
Good news. Did you feed back to them what you found. Maybe they can correct or revise their assembly process to eliminate this issue.
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Offline neilc

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #397 on: August 12, 2022, 04:09 PM »
Glad you got it fixed.  Was using my Voyager yesterday and thought about you and your vibration challenges. 

Thanks for the update.  Time to build something!

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #398 on: August 12, 2022, 06:20 PM »
Good news. Did you feed back to them what you found. Maybe they can correct or revise their assembly process to eliminate this issue.

Yes, their lead engineer Rich is my friend now.

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #399 on: August 12, 2022, 06:22 PM »
Glad you got it fixed.  Was using my Voyager yesterday and thought about you and your vibration challenges. 

Thanks for the update.  Time to build something!

Yes - time to set it all up and use it! Can't believe the difference with messing with the quill.

Offline festal

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #400 on: August 13, 2022, 07:39 AM »
Good news. Did you feed back to them what you found. Maybe they can correct or revise their assembly process to eliminate this issue.

Yes, their lead engineer Rich is my friend now.

Great guy

Offline Mike Goetzke

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Re: Nova Voyager Drill Press
« Reply #401 on: September 01, 2022, 12:29 PM »
I'm working on a project where I needed to bore out several holes "x" from the table top. Most common is "x" below the top of the piece. To my surprise the electronic depth works in both modes! (maybe others already knew this)

Working on my pergola corbels. They have one hefty fastener on the bottom. There is a c'bore to hide the screw head. The main support corbels were about 50" long 2x8's. I used my new toys to make the bores. You needed about 4 hands for this but I used the WP fence and stop and the Voyager auto-start and electronic depth stop. Made this job go quickly.

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