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Wow! Nova drill press

by Woodchuck2010
posted 09-08-2016 02:17 PM


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JAAune

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 03:21 PM

All that money and it still has that crummy table tilt mechanism that every other drill press uses? I have had many issues trying to keep drill press tables from getting knocked out of alignment since they all rely upon a single bolt and friction between small surfaces to keep the table in place. It’s annoying to have to make adjustments every time I need to drill a precise hole in a jig.

The exception is my ancient Buffalo which locks around a 4” diameter hub. That will not get bumped out of place if someone bumps the table too hard.

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 03:43 PM

very neat ….. but for that much money ….....mines fine …......LMAO

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Woodchuck2010

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 04:07 PM



very neat ….. but for that much money ….....mines fine …......LMAO

- GR8HUNTER

Yup!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 04:53 PM

Hmmm, at that price, if I’m not gonna get kissed, I at LEAST want a cupholder !

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Randy Woodworker

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 02:16 AM

I’ve got about $600 into my VS drill press. I’ve changed the press from the one shown in the video to a better delta (17-965) with 4.75” stroke. I just moved the 3-phase motor and electronics over to that press and sold the other one.
Variable Speed Drill Press

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Woodchuck2010

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#6 posted 09-09-2016 04:07 AM


I ve got about $600 into my VS drill press. I ve changed the press from the one shown in the video to a better delta (17-965) with 4.75” stroke. I just moved the 3-phase motor and electronics over to that press and sold the other one.
Variable Speed Drill Press

- Randy Woodworker

That is very cool. Impressive work. I’m in $399 into my WEN drill press. lol

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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DirtyMike

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#7 posted 09-09-2016 04:10 AM

How is your wen holding up chuck? Any complaints?

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Woodchuck2010

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 04:34 AM



How is your wen holding up chuck? Any complaints?

- DirtyMike

It’s doing absolutely great. Thank you. I’m very glad I bought it. I did add a table to it.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Randy Woodworker

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#9 posted 09-09-2016 01:33 PM

Great price! Never heard of Wen. Must check them out. Far cry from the General International offering of 1500 or so.

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GR8HUNTER

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#10 posted 09-09-2016 03:28 PM

Hi Chuck , what is digital readout used for on your wen drill press

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 09-09-2016 03:39 PM

The new Shopsmith PowerPro has the exact same power unit. In the drill press configuration, it operates just like the one shown.
Don’t know how old that video is but, the Shopsmith model has been available for several years.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Woodchuck2010

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#12 posted 09-09-2016 04:41 PM



Hi Chuck , what is digital readout used for on your wen drill press

- GR8HUNTER


It’s used for the variable speed function.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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Woodknack

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#13 posted 09-09-2016 07:17 PM


Don t know how old that video is …
- Gene Howe

According to the date, 15 days old.

Thoughts…

-The speed knob is dinky and requires many rotations from lowest to highest speed.
-Either that guy is really tall or the press is really short #achingback
-The drill bit selector is a lot of menus, I doubt anyone will use that more than a couple times except to show it off.
-No mention of a memory function in the video or on the website but according to the manual, F keys save speed (only) presets; I can’t find a way to save other settings. The analog table limits the usefulness of a digital depth stop.
-It seems to be a plain drill press with fancy digital features. What I would rather see is a better drill press with better bearings, more precision, and a way to retain the arbor so it doesn’t drop out if using the drill press for sanding.

I’m not really familiar with variable speed drill presses from other companies so maybe in comparison it’s an improvement?

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Lee

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#14 posted 09-09-2016 07:39 PM


All that money and it still has that crummy table tilt mechanism that every other drill press uses? I have had many issues trying to keep drill press tables from getting knocked out of alignment since they all rely upon a single bolt and friction between small surfaces to keep the table in place. It s annoying to have to make adjustments every time I need to drill a precise hole in a jig.

The exception is my ancient Buffalo which locks around a 4” diameter hub. That will not get bumped out of place if someone bumps the table too hard.

- JAAune

I had the same problem keeping my drill press table perpendicular to the bit, so I got it all aligned and drilled and tapped a hole in the clamping support for a set screw, if I need to tilt it just remove the set screw and loosen the clamp, when going back to flat, line up the set screw hole and replace it, dead on again.

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 09-10-2016 03:34 AM



Hmmm, at that price, if I m not gonna get kissed, I at LEAST want a cupholder !

- JoeinGa

Exactly, and I am not going to be happy one day when it does not work because it wants an update. LOL

Think I will stick with the obsolete JET and call it a day.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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JAAune

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#16 posted 09-13-2016 01:05 AM


All that money and it still has that crummy table tilt mechanism that every other drill press uses? I have had many issues trying to keep drill press tables from getting knocked out of alignment since they all rely upon a single bolt and friction between small surfaces to keep the table in place. It s annoying to have to make adjustments every time I need to drill a precise hole in a jig.

The exception is my ancient Buffalo which locks around a 4” diameter hub. That will not get bumped out of place if someone bumps the table too hard.

- JAAune

I had the same problem keeping my drill press table perpendicular to the bit, so I got it all aligned and drilled and tapped a hole in the clamping support for a set screw, if I need to tilt it just remove the set screw and loosen the clamp, when going back to flat, line up the set screw hole and replace it, dead on again.

- Lee

If I didn’t have my Buffalo #18 I’d probably do something similar. Fortunately it’s not an issue so long as I have my current machine.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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htl

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#17 posted 09-13-2016 01:48 AM


The new Shopsmith PowerPro has the exact same power unit. In the drill press configuration, it operates just like the one shown.
Don t know how old that video is but, the Shopsmith model has been available for several years.

- Gene Howe

Been wanting to be able to slow my SS down and really like the looks of it but the $$$ has put the slow on the buy. LOL
But it will come to my house one day soon maybe!!!

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runswithscissors

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#18 posted 09-13-2016 11:57 PM

In the beginning scene drilling with the forstner bit, there appears to be a bit of runout. Or is that my imagination?

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