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Forum topic by Turner220 posted 12-26-2017 02:20 PM 1092 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2017 02:20 PM

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I am looking into buying a new lathe and an thinking about the Nova Galaxi. I would really like your opinion on this model.

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 07:11 PM

I only have the Nova 1624 but it has served me well for 10+ years.
Since the Galaxi is pretty new you may get more responses for the Nova DVR XP.
Looks like they extended the bed, different color, and maybe a different switch; the XP has been around for many of years (and before that it was the 3000 DVR).
I was a little surprised when I looked it up that they also offer a Nova Saturn, shorter bed and different legs.
Not sure of other differences but about $350 less, I had never heard of it.

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#2 posted 12-26-2017 08:29 PM

I have had a Nova DVY XP for over 4 years. It was a huge improvement from the ShopSmith I inherited from my father. No problems during that time. It is a quality made machine. Love the digital speed control and reversible direction. Although I have never used one of the large beefy lathes like those made by Robust and Powermatic the DVR was the perfect second step lathe for me. If the Galaxi is like the DVR, then I highly recommend it. When turning the machine is constantly adjusting speed as resistance varies to maintain your chosen speed. The adjustments are smooth with no noticeable jerks I set mine up to use 220 from the start so I can’t speak to how that is a benefit. The cast iron legs make the lathe very stable unless I mount something very unbalanced. I added the bed extension and extension swing away when I did some softball bats. Also added the outboard tool rest which great when turning the inside of a bowl.

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#3 posted 12-26-2017 10:02 PM

I have a Nova DVR 2024, and wish it had some of the features they built into the the Nova Galaxi DVR.

The Galaxi has been out for about 2 years now, and is considerably heavier than the previous Nova DVR lathes. It has beefy cast iron legs, a sliding headstock, etc.

As others have pointed out, it is not in the same class as Robust and Powermatic, but I think it is an ideal option for a hobbyist.

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#4 posted 01-20-2018 09:52 PM

I have had the Nova Galaxi for a year and really like it. It is DVR so you never have to mess with belts as it has none. I have it wired for 220V and the motor is supposedly 2HP with 220V. It is very smooth, powerful, long bed if you do spindle work. I have it on one of the thick horse stall mats in my garage and it runs like a top. If you have any specific questions or want to see a video, let me know.


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#5 posted 01-21-2018 12:23 AM

I have had my Nova DVR XP for about 6 yrs now and I love it. As said above, no belts to change, constant power, real quiet. I have had no issues with this lathe.

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#6 posted 01-22-2018 06:29 PM

Hi I’m fairly new here and I believe this might be my first post. I will be definitely be upgrading and I’ve looked at lathes from one end of the spectrum to the other-still doing it-and the Nova Galaxi so far is the lathe that I’m the most interested in. It really looks good to me. I’ll be interested in what others are saying

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