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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).

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Derek

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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”.

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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