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Upgrade your lathe with DVR technology and variable speed with convenient digital controls—no more belt/pulley changes.

DVR Upgrade Package for Nova 1624 Lathes

Item #
56411
Rating:
74% of 100
DVR Upgrade Package for Nova 1624 Lathes
DVR Upgrade Package for Nova 1624 Lathes

This Upgrade Package adds a powerful Digital Variable Reluctance motor and digital controls to your Nova 1624 lathe (sold separately). That means you can say goodbye to the tedious process of moving the belt from pulley to pulley. Speed changes with the DVR motor are accomplished with a simple turn of a knob, and the ''Five Favorite Speeds'' function lets you hop directly to a preset speed with the push of a button. The incredibly smooth-running motor is controlled by a sophisticated micro-processor that monitors motor output and load requirements, and automatically adjusts itself to maintain speed and power. It also provides various functions to make turning easier. It can measure the weight of your workpiece and adjust the performance accordingly, sense faults in your setup and advise, and instantly shut down power if it senses chisel dig-ins or spindle lockout. The computer also optimizes efficiency so that the motor only draws as much power as is needed, saving up to 80% in energy and emissions over conventional motors.


Features:

  • Easy to install using your existing pulley and flange
  • One belt position covers the entire variable speed range from 100 RPM to 5,500 RPM
  • Wide variable speed range accessible with just the push of a button or turn of a knob
  • Five preset speeds are customizable to fit your needs
  • Retains all the existing functions of your 1624 lathe, such as the 360° swiveling headstock
  • 1.75HP high torque motor has the power to handle the full potential capacity of the 1624 lathe with ease, with or without optional outrigger or bed extension
  • Delivers incredible turning smoothness thanks to the DVR motor
  • Ships directly from the manufacturer.
  • Must be shipped within the 48 Contiguous United States.
  • Estimated Delivery time: 5-7 business days.
  • There is a $50.00 restocking fee for this item.
(1) 1-3/4HP DVR Motor with Digital Readout/Control Panel
(1) Set of Fastenings
(1) Owner's Manual
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number 53101
Weight 45.0000
Tech Spec
  • Speed Range: 100-5500 RPM
  • Motor: 1.75HP DVR High Torque; 115V; 220v compatible
  • Phase: Single
  • Forward and Reverse: Yes
  • Compatible With: All NOVA 1624 lathes
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Great move on my part
I purchased my Nova 16-20 on sale knowing that I would someday upgrade it. I first added an extension bed so I could turn table legs. Now I have a 16-44. As soon as I could afford it I purchased the DVR upgrade. Love it. Would be nice if they offered a buy back plan for the motor you take off. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube to help with the insulation.
February 19, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Worth the price/fast delivery
Didn't have any problems with the order, and I received it much sooner than I thought I would based on previous reviews. Had it within a week of placing the order (though I have yet to receive the missing screws from the head stock guard I was promised four months ago).

I didn't have a problem with changing the belt manually, but I decided to get this unit after watching a few people use similar ones at demos. Worth ever penny.
May 8, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Love the DVR upgrade!
I ordered the upgrade on Christmas Day, it was shipped a few days later via UPS. I learned it was shipped because UPS told me I had a new tracking number.

I advise watching the You Tube videos on installing the new motor, especially the one by Dread Knot to understand how to position the motor. Dry fit the motor and brackets on your lathe before installing the pulley.

I love the variable speed! It’s easy to change speeds with the F buttons and the dial. Now I can use the in between speeds I needed before the upgrade when I’m turning bowls. It’s a great upgrade for your lathe. I highly recommend it!
January 20, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
WOW...what an improvement!
I never thought I would want a digital variable speed lathe...because I am cheap?? but when Rockler offered this upgrade with free shipping and using Blispay to float the $ for up to six months and a stronger motor to boot for $600 I could not resist the temptation. Since Blispay gives 2% back my total cost was $588!!! I cannot believe how convenient the digital variable speed is. I programmed 4 speeds but can do 10 if I wish. So I sand at 300 rpm and spray lacquer at 100 rpm. I LOVE THIS UPGRADE!! Thanks Nova, Blispay and Rockler.
Walnut &Holly
Spalted Maple variation of Trent Bosch’s Vessels of Illusion
Artsy Fartsy suspended in ‘vines’
TBD ??
November 7, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Wish I had gone with the DVR originally
Amazing difference. I must have ordered at the right time as the shipment arrived fast unlike some of the other reviewers. I watched a few YouTube videos on the install prior to receiving and was well versed on the potential issues. All parts arrived including the bolts to mount the control box. The lathe is for my wife and had few hours in it so the pulley popped off with very little effort.
November 1, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I wish I bought the upgrade package when I bought my lathe. It's been awesome in every way. I can't find anything negative about it. Buy it, you will be glad you did!
July 2, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
upgrade
The difference is amazing !
May 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great upgrade for the Nova 1624. Instructions need updating.
May 7, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
so far so good.
Had a lot of trouble getting the old pulley off! The manual is poor. Setting the verious options is not explained well at all. Setting the speed is easy once one figures it out. Not sure I know all the options yet. As a veriable speed lathe it is great.
May 5, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nova Upgrade - Research before doing!
Received upgrade after 4 months of waiting. I ordered directly from Nova. Lathe worked OK for the first month and then “Low Power” messages started appearing. Lathe shuts down and then I need to hit Start again. The next month the same message starts appearing followed by this message “Controller Board not connected to USB”. Initially I was able to restart machine then it locked up. Doing a web search shows these messages back to 2009. Spoke to Nova Tech Support and they agreed to pay shipping back for warranty repair. After 2 months of waiting I asked for my money back. They did not answer my email but the motor was shipped the next day. Today 3/11/18 I installed the fixed motor and used it for 2 hours with no problem. I am not pleased with the unit although it might be working correctly.
March 11, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
hopefully better performance
Arden H on Dec 4, 2018
The option to use promo Blispay with 6 months to pay and interest free if paid within 6 months was just too good to resist. And the free shipping did not hurt either.
Robert W on Jun 1, 2017
hopefully better performance
Arden H on Dec 4, 2018
PURCHASED THIS ITEM AS I FEEL CONFIDENT IT WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF WORK AND REDUCE OPERATING TIME.CAN'T WAIT TO PUT IT TO USE.
THANK YOU ROCKLER
Ron
Ron P on May 26, 2018
The option to use promo Blispay with 6 months to pay and interest free if paid within 6 months was just too good to resist. And the free shipping did not hurt either.
Robert W on Jun 1, 2017
I have one of the older lathes and like the idea of the variable speed adjustments plus the reverse. I also like the speed range with the upgrade.

Earl
Earl K on Feb 24, 2017
This will allow variable speed control to my Nova 1624 lathe at a much less cost than to purchase the Nova DVR Lathe. I trust Rockler will be able to deliver......others have not been able to receive this from Nova.
Larry C on Jan 7, 2017
PURCHASED THIS ITEM AS I FEEL CONFIDENT IT WILL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF WORK AND REDUCE OPERATING TIME.CAN'T WAIT TO PUT IT TO USE.
THANK YOU ROCKLER
Ron
Ron P on May 26, 2018
I have one of the older lathes and like the idea of the variable speed adjustments plus the reverse. I also like the speed range with the upgrade.

Earl
Earl K on Feb 24, 2017
can this dvr upgrade work on a nova 3000?
jim h on Feb 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes
What diameter is the motor shaft?. Thanks
gary n on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is the old 1624 head. So one uses the old pulleys etc. So you have many speed ranges. I acually got mine down to maybe 5 rpm. Can be great for sanding.
Does this upgrade work on 120 volts?
Stanley P on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes Stan it does.
Does this upgrade work on the Grizzly model #G0462?
Daniel C on Mar 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you can fit it on the Grizzly I don't see why not. On the NOVA one uses the old pulley, belt, mounting hardware etc. What you see in the picture is what you get. It works beautifully on my NOVA 1624. Quiet, and powerful. Love it.
I have two questions can this be converted for 240v operation (Australia) and what is the shipping weight and size of upgrade? Thanks
Robert W on May 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it has a power range of 120-240. Mine in the US came wired for 120. As to weight, do not have my shipping receipt any longer, but it is heavy, slightly more so than the motor it replaces.
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