Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press Review from a Piano Technician

Kevin Busse May 12, 2024
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Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press

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Recently, I interviewed my friend Nick Savage about his favorite tools. In this article, I am sharing what he said about his Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press.

Nicholas Savage, Registered Piano Technician

Opus 57 Pianos & Savage Piano Service

Authorized Representative for Mason & Hamlin Pianos of Chicago



Why did you get the Nova Voyager drill press for your piano rebuilding Shop?

I almost didn’t!

The Voyager is nice, but expensive. Initially, I purchased an already assembled display model of another brand at a much cheaper price, but then I realized it would be much easier to transport an unassembled drill press. I also reminded myself that it is better to “buy once, cry once.” I hate buying things twice! It has been several years now, and I have no regrets; the Voyager has several features that no other drill press has.

Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press


What features make this drill press unique?

Most drill presses are belt driven which limits the number of spindle speeds they can have; a cheap drill press may have as few as 5 speeds and a better one may have 12. To change the drill speed, you must stop the press, open it up, and manually change the belt around different combinations of pulleys. When your work requires you to use different sized drill bits in different materials, this is a time-consuming nuisance. The Voyager is beltless which allows for quick RPM changes in small increments from 50-3000RPM by turning a dial. Another benefit to the beltless design is significantly reduced vibration.

This drill press also has an onboard computer with LCD display. The computer menu features include drill speed recommendations by drill bit type and material, electronic depth stop, slow and self-start, forward and reverse rotation, and saved favorite speeds. It can be set to both metric and Imperial units.

For me, these are highly convenient, time-saving features!

Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press


What do you use the drill press for at your piano workshop?

We have a slab of pin block material attached to a machinist tilting table installed on it for pin block drilling. The extra table surface is nice for drilling holes in keys for lead, capstans, back checks, etc. With its wide range of speed settings and 6” of quill travel, it can handle almost anything.

Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press


What did you own before the Voyager Drill Press?

My first drill press was a cheap $120 drill press from a big box store. I do not miss it.

Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press


Is the Nova easy to assemble?

No. The net/shipping weight is 284/313 lbs. In my case, I picked one up from the store, but I would never do that again.

Spend the extra money to have it delivered and make sure you have one or two extra helpers!

Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press


For your rebuilds, will you be using it a lot?

It is one of the most-used tools in my shop.

Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press


Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press Features (Images)

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Speed Chart

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Self Start Setting

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

User Set Depth

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Advanced Modes

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Edit F Shortcuts

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Direction Setting

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Edit Favorite Speeds

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features

Configuration

Nova Voyager Drill Press Features


Questions about the drill press?

Contact:

Nicholas Savage, Registered Piano Technician

Opus 57 Pianos & Savage Piano Service

Authorized Representative for Mason & Hamlin Pianos

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Disclosure:  Some of the links in this article may be affiliate links, which can provide compensation to me at no cost to you if you decide to purchase.