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Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press

A first-of-its-kind ''smart drill press'' with an onboard computer, digital controls, and a smooth, quiet direct-drive motor.
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The Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press is the world's first smart drill press, featuring an incredibly smooth-running direct-drive motor that is controlled by a sophisticated microcomputer and digital screen with push-button controls. The computer features DVR (Digital Variable Reluctance) technology, which automatically adjusts and maintains the speed and power of the machine based on resistance. That, coupled with the fact that the Voyager's motor has no belts or pulleys, results in a machine that is incredibly smooth and quiet. The computer also optimizes efficiency so that the motor only draws as much power as is needed, saving up to 50% in energy usage over conventional motors. With its 1-3/4 HP high torque motor, cast iron construction, exceptional structural strength and smart design, the NOVA Voyager has the power and capacity to handle nearly any drilling operation with ease.


  • Easy-to-use variable speed controls with digital speed readout and dial for precise speed adjustment
  • Variable speed range from 50-5500 RPM (default RPM is 50-3000, with option in settings to increase the maximum to 5500)
  • Sensors for drilling depth, motor load and vibration provide ease-of-use and real-time feedback to the user
  • Powerful 1.75HP motor handles wood, metal, plastic and glass
  • Direct drive motor is incredibly smooth with no pulleys or belts to vibrate
  • Intelligent speed selection ensures the correct speed for the application
  • 6'' of quill travel with 2 revolutions of the handle
  • Adjustable mechanical stop coupled with digital readout for accurate, repeatable drilling
  • Adaptive Control software is updatable via thumb-drive
  • Screen is customizable for metric or imperial measurements
  • Forward and reverse
  • Slow start pilot hole function
  • Tapping assist function
  • Electronic braking
  • Load readout
  • Digital quill depth readout
  • Compatible with the 9037 Voyager Drill Press Fence (#59274, sold separately)
(1) Nova Voyager DVR Drill Press
(1) Drill Chuck
(1) Table
(1) Hardware/Fastenings Pack
(1) Owner's Manual
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Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 24 months
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Brand Nova
Manufacturer Part Number 58000
Weight 310.0000
Tech Spec
  • Swing: 18''
  • Spindle Travel: 6''
  • Number of Spindle Speeds: Variable
  • Speed Range: 50-3000 RPM (with option in settings to increase to 5500 RPM)
  • Spindle Taper: MT2
  • Spindle Distance to Table: 23-1/8'' (587mm) maximum
  • Spindle Distance to Base: 40-15/16'' (1040mm)
  • Table Dimensions: 16 1/2''L x 16.1/2''W (419mm x 419mm)
  • Table Tilt: -45° to +45°
  • Table Rotation: 360°
  • Chuck Size: 5/8'' (3-16mm)
  • Column Diameter: 3-5/8'' (92mm)
  • Base Dimensions: 22-1/4''L x 17-1/2''W (565mm x 445mm)
  • Motor Power: 1.75HP (1250W)
  • Motor Voltage: 115/230V Single-phase
  • Motor Current: 15/10A max.
3.7 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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1 Star
Smooth, powerful, elegant.....
I was getting tearout with my old, underpowered drill press using Forster bits. This drill press has the power to cut so smooth and without tearing the wood.
It needed a table for wood projects
Custom table using the  Rockler 24 inch drill press fence.
December 31, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Very Happy so far!
I have only had the drill press for a couple of weeks but I have used it several times and even some difficult hardwood. I have not even began to tap into its real potential but the computer is teaching me a little bit at a time. This is the smoothest drill press I have ever owned and very quite.

I would definitely buy it again.
August 17, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Good drill press but setup problems
I must be honest and admit I have only had this DP for a few days and have not drilled very many holes yet. What I want to do here is address some setup issues.

First, the shaft/gear that raises and lowers the fable had come out of the table support arm. Didn't know what it was at first as it is not mentioned anywhere in the instruction book but finally figured it out. It was easy to put back in but the fix is also easy: it's called "tape."

Second, it comes with the collar and the worm already assembled on the column. There is nothing about this in the instructions. You have to remove the collar to put the table support arm on the column, but when you remove the collar the worm falls off so be ready for that. From that point you can follow the instructions.

Third, and last, there is an item in the package which in the instructions is called a chuck drift. There is nothing else in the instructions about it that I could find. Finally found out online, after some searching, that it is actually the chuck removal tool. You put the small end in a slot in the spindle with the angled side down, tap it with a hammer and the chuck falls out (recommend you have a piece of wood on the table to protect the chuck when it falls).

Once I got it set up, it performs very, very well. I love the fact that you don't have to move belts around to change speeds. That, to me, is the biggest plus for this drill. All the holes so far have been straight and even, with no runout that I can see. It is very quiet, the action is smooth and all the parts fit together very well.
July 10, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
Very happy, room for improvement
Disclaimer: This review points out short-comings of this product. But know that I am very happy with device and would buy it again. I really enjoy using the drill press

Display: Quality is sub-par. Sure, it's unfair to compare against smart phones/tablets but moving up to a better display would greatly increase the user experience.

Keypad: Ditto, the membrane keypad is the biggest drawback to user interface. Nearly NO tactile feedback, often do not know if keypress took. And the “sound” feedback… see below.

Sound: Many have criticized this shortcoming. I cannot hear it at all given the ambient noise level in my shop (air filtration on ceiling nearby). Gives me a “What were you thinking” moment towards the designers. This could be mitigated/replaced by a LED that blinks with each chirp.

After updating the firmware, the display would badly corrupt 5-10 minutes after power-on. I downgraded to prior version which resolved corrupt display. Later I upgraded again. The display still occasionally corrupts requiring a power cycle but not often enough to justify down-grading again.

Did I say I would buy again? ;)
September 21, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very nice, good Quality
Tne Drillpress is everything that they said it would be.
It was packaged properly for shipping and everything came through OK. Went together well it didn't take too long to figure out the controls.
My only complaint is that it does not have a built-in light. You would think a $1500 drill press would have it's own light. There's a lot that you can do with LEDs now days.
February 21, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Powerful, solid, workhorse, but can benefit from software tweaks
I've owned this about two weeks, and have drilled ~300 1-2" diameter 2" deep holes with Forstner bits, plus hundreds of smaller holes, in hardwood. So I've broken it in for a few hours already. There is zero vibration, and the motor is incredibly powerful not bogging down in any of that, and it's solidly built. Love that there's no pulleys to slip, and that the speed is infinitely variable. There are a few nits that could make this a 5-star drill press, however; since two of the three points are potentially software upgradeable, I am optimistic that a future enhancement will address this.
- The beeping upon nearing a pre-set depth is hard to hear; ideally the volume could be adjusted
- The optional auto-reverse upon reaching a pre-set depth is a great feature, but the reverse only goes for a second or so, which doesn't give enough time to back out of a 2" hole; ideally this too could be configured
- The chuck doesn't hold very small bits (~1/16" or below), though I have a smaller drill press I can use for these
December 26, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
The limited factor on the drill is it will NOT hold any drill bit 1/8” or smaller.
August 28, 2018
over 3 years ago
A Good Start ...
I received one of the very first Production Nova Voyager Drill Presses in the country. I have owned and been using it for several months now and have had sufficient time with it to decide what I like about it and what needs improvement.

My Nova Voyager replaced a very capable and equally powerful floor standing drill press from a well known large tool manufacturer. I hated changing belts and decided to give the Nova Voyager a try.

Let's start with the good:

* The motor is powerful and very quiet, compared to my previous drill press.
* Not having to change belts is a dream come true.
* So far, the software has done a respectable job of selecting appropriate recommended speeds for drilling, for both wood and metal.
* It is easy to manually set your own rotation speed, if you prefer not to use the recommended speed setting.
* The fit and finish of the drill press are reasonable good, with no sharp edges anywhere.
* The DP was packaged really well and arrived in excellent condition.
* There is a port on the DP to allow firmware updates (I have not performed one of these yet).
* Quill travel is an honest 6 inches and is easy to set both mechanically and digitally.

The Neutral:

* The chuck is okay; it is no better or worse than the chuck in my previous DP, although that DP was considerably cheaper. I anticipate upgrading the chuck someday, not out of necessity but out of preference.
* Assembling the DP can be done by a single person but would be very challenging, due to size and weight. My son helped me install the direct drive motor on the shaft. Overall, assembly is not difficult.

The not so good:

* The LCD screen is just too small (1.25 inches high and 2.75 inches wide). My old eyes just are not what they used to be and a larger screen is almost mandatory. This is my single biggest dislike of this drill.
* If you install a third party table (Rockler's excellent DP table and fence, or Woodpeckers table and fence, etc) then the crank that raises and lowers the table height will hit your table. I cut the back right corner out of my table, to accommodate turning the hand crank. I could have built a sliding mechanism but cutting the corner was just quicker and easier and got me up and running sooner.
* The user manual is "okay," but could be MUCH better. I did get one of the earliest production units and they may have already improved the manual. It is not in any kind of booklet form, just printed sheets of paper (printed in 2 colors) stapled together. Explanations are basic and illustrations are okay (not good or great) though sometimes too small.
* The mechanism for rotating the table could have been made easier with a levered handle. As it is, you need to get a wrench and allen key to loosen a hex nut and allen bolt (under the table) in order to rotate the table. Fortunately, this is not something I need to do often and is not a major factor.
* The stickers on the side of the DP keep falling off. I laminated mine and taped them back onto the DP.
* The warranty on the motor (the single most expensive part of this DP) is only 2 years (5 years on the other parts).

Taking into account the cost of this DP (price of unit, extra shipping charge for weight, taxes) would I buy this DP again? ..... Maybe!

For me, it comes down to longevity. If this DP gives me many years of trouble free service, then I will consider it worth the price that I paid (I did not get it on sale).

While I really dislike the tiny (non-touch) screen, I really do love using this DP. It is so much quieter than my previous DP, it has plenty of power and not having to deal with the belts has been an absolute joy.

If Nova Corp addresses the issues that I mentioned above (especially the screen size) then I would consider this DP a much better value.

If Rockler will permit it, I will update this review at the 2 year mark (when the warranty on the motor runs out) to add further comments with respect to the longevity.

I hope these comments were helpful to prospective buyers.
February 17, 2017
over 3 years ago
Needs work
I have owned this DP for about a week. The variable speed motor and the other computer controlled features are 5-star. However, there are two MAJOR problems which called for a 3-star rating. First, the chuck, it will only hold drill,bits larger than three mm. Now I routinely use small screws than need pilot holes smaller than that. Bummer.

Second, the depth control software uses a beep that tells you how close you are to the set depth. Problem, you can't hear the beep. The sound of the motor, and the noise of drilling completely drowns out that wimpy beep.
December 19, 2016
Woodworking Experience:
Never informed of backorder
Was not told product was on backorder. Rockler refused to cancel blaming distributor even thoigh I called distributor and all they needed was confirmation from Rockler
January 31, 2020
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Who needs pulley?
Eddy V on Feb 14, 2019
Christmas present for my husband
patricia a f on Nov 25, 2016
Who needs pulley?
Eddy V on Feb 14, 2019
Price was right and features will save me time.
James M on Dec 27, 2018
Christmas present for my husband
patricia a f on Nov 25, 2016
Read two reviews from woodworking magazines, both loved it and its very energy efficient. Should increase accuracy and productivity.
TFD on Oct 11, 2016
Price was right and features will save me time.
James M on Dec 27, 2018
Read two reviews from woodworking magazines, both loved it and its very energy efficient. Should increase accuracy and productivity.
TFD on Oct 11, 2016
I've been looking for a drill press that can drill straight precise holes for intricate work, can this press drill straight and accurate holes???
jimmy d on Feb 18, 2017
what is the country of manufacture?
Hans F on Jan 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Per the Teknatool Nova national sales rep, manufactured and assembled in China
Can the handle be placed on the other side for left handed usage?
Matthew T on Jan 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it cannot be placed on the left-hand side of the drill press.
can you add a mortising jig to it?
Steve S on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It would depend on who manufactured your kit the diameter of the area above the chuck is 75 mm
Is the motor UL or CSA listed? TIA
LEER on Mar 24, 2017
Is this a good drill for metal also?
Bob C on Mar 18, 2017
How well does the table tilt mechanism work? Is it easy to reset to perpendicular?
Jeff B on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: To start it takes a 27 mm wrench or 1 1/16" wrench is what I used to loosen the large bolt but the indexing set screw is easy to loosen by first the 16 mm lock nut then use a 5 mm Allen wrench to loosen set screw it is seated in a recess that brings it back to 90 after moving. It came back to square according to my Starrett 12" square. Just because I had not done it yet I put my tilt box on the table and checked the scales on the table and they seem accurate to a half a degree or so up to 45 both ways. So it is a joy to use and on top of that the thing casts a shadow that makes it looks like ET.
Can one use a mortis kit, swapping out the chuck, with this drill press?
Eutis on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It uses a #2 taper chuck
with this speed range [50-5500 rpm], I can drill nearly any METAL, and WOOD?
M S on Dec 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: can tell the on board computer what material and what bit you are using and it will recommend the correct speed range.
Will this run on house current or only 220?
Bob C on Mar 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Comes wired for house current, 110-120 volts. There are instructions to switch to 220-240 if you want.
Can this drill press be used with an endmill & cross slide table/vise to mill wood, aluminum, plastic?
Floyd E on Aug 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: A drill press is built on the basis of vertical ( Up and Down) movement
I'm not sure that it was designed for excess horizontal pressure.
How big of tap is the Voyager capable of turning in steel ?
Tom B on May 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I can find no information on the max. tap size. This is the only information I was able to find referencing tap size. "The tapping function is recommended for 5/16" (or M8) taps and above. The smaller sized taps may break under high torque from the motor therefore the user should take care when using the tapping mode on smaller sized taps."
I can't get the auto start to work. I turned it on but it won't start when lowering quill. Are any other setting necessary to make this work?
Ivan L on Mar 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Ivan, I had a similar problem until I discovered the following. After making most menu selections you must push the 'confirm' button to activate the selection i.e., bit type and speed. If, however, you select 'auto start' it turns it on, but then when you push the 'confirm' button it turns it off again. I think it is a software problem that the Nova Voyager folks should fix. I hope this is clear enough to solve your problem.
I am looking for a drill press for both my high school wood shop and metal shop. Will this machine withstand the thousands of hours that high school students will put it through? What is the warranty on it?
Chett P on Oct 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I do not think it has the rigidity to hold up under those conditions but it is a very high-quality hobby or home workshop drill press
?I have a comment, rather than a question. I notice that several reviewers complained that the chuck would not hold small size bits. When you buy a powerful, higher-end tool, you would expect it to be configured to use all that available power, so it makes sense that the machine comes with a chuck that handles larger bits. But it is SO EASY to change the chuck on a drill press. If you want to do finer work, just pop it off and insert a smaller one. This tool looks like is has a lot of features and versatility, so I don't think it is unreasonable to have more than one chuck for a tool like this. Personally, I would not downgrade the review because of the chuck.
James R on Aug 10, 2019