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Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe

Item #147595
$1,499.99
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4.5

(22 reviews)

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Product Information:

Whatever projects you turn, the Nova 1624-44 wood lathe will meet your needs for a lifetime. It will easily accommodate small or large diameter turnings.16" of inboard capacity and 29" of outboard capacity when using the outboard tool rest.1-1/2 HP custom designed motor. Capacity between centers is 24" and can be extended in 20" increments with additional bed segments. 8 speeds (215, 360, 904, 1030, 1450, 2180, 2900, 3630 RPM), forward and reverse motor function - great for left handed turners and for finishing. Cam operated belt drive, #2 MT headstock and tail stock, 1-1/4" 8 TPI spindle, 24 position spindle index with spindle lock True 360 degree swivel head. Vibration dampening stand with adjustable feet. Shipping weight is 260 lb. Standard Equipment: motor and controller, hybrid stand, 80mm/3" faceplate, 300mm / 12" tool rest, 2MT live center, 2MT spur centre, manual and fastenings.


  • Bowl turning capacity: 400mm/16" onboard. 740mm/29" outboard. (Using optional outrigger accessory)
  • Between centers: Standard 600mm/24". Extendable to as long as you want in 510mm/20" increments
  • 1.5 HP
  • Speed range: 215-3600 (USA, Canada)
  • Swivel head: 360 degree swivel and lock at any position, plus detent locating positions
  • California Residents: Click here for Proposition 65 information.

     

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    4.3

    (based on 22 reviews)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Good power output (15)
    • Durable (11)
    • Good design (11)
    • Safe (5)

    Cons

    • Poor design (2)

    Best Uses

    • Home use (16)
    • In the workshop (4)
    • Big jobs (4)
    • Professional use (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (14), Professional (5), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)

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    5.0

    Great after problem setup

    By  Jim

    from West Virginia

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Good Design
    • Heavy duty
    • Precision
    • Smooth operation
    • Swivel Head

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Mental Health

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    My 1624-44 Nova lathe arrived by motor freight with no damage evident. I am very mechanical, and a perfectionist. I had my friend help me put it together, I would not recommend putting it together by yourself. The directions were ok at best. The bed was two sections bolted together. Where they met there was a slight bump because they did not align properly. I loosened the large cap screws and tried to move it but was unsuccessful. I eventually used a file to level the bed, and again under the rail to smooth it. QC3 (quality control 3)didn't do a very good job, his name was David or so it said on the card. Some people may not have minded the little bump but I want things to be right. Then I checked the alignment of the tailstock with the headstock and it was a little off, one mm. I looked up in the manual how to adjust it and it wasn't clear, or rather it didn't show where the screws were located. I called the company and they didn't know so they looked on a unit and figured it out. QC3 again. I got that aligned. Later in use I noticed the belt making a noise like it was misaligned, and found it was the lower nut coming loose, it should have been a locknut. I used two nuts to secure it. QC3 again? The cam action on the lever that is used to slacken the belt needed to be touched up with a file so it was smooth operating. The last thing was the rubber grips. One on the tailstock and one on the toolrest were both loose and slippery. I used some ca glue and they are fine. QC3 gets a one star. So why did I give it a five star you ask? That was all minor stuff to me. The unit runs great. The tailstock is smooth operating. Locks are positive. The motor is powerful. Changing belt speeds is easy. I feel this is a great lathe. I have turned dozens of items from large to small and it has performed great. I felt this was a good value for my money, and would buy it again in a heartbeat. QC3 you are a disgrace.

     
    5.0

    best deal

    By  Budrowe

    from sanjacinto texas

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful
    • Price
    • Safe

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Big Jobs
    • Home Use
    • Professional Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I use this lathe everyday with no problems.some will nitpic about the controls but I dont sweat the small stuff.for the money I couldn't find a better lathe and I looked for three months before I bought this one.The lathe was easy to assemble,just read the manual before starting and dont get in a hurry.think it out because it is heavy.

     
    5.0

    Great lathe

    By  Kiwi Woodworker

    from Fairfax, VA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Design
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    Fantastic! I just purchased this lathe to replace a 10 yr old Delta 46-715 that was no longer supportable due to obsolete parts. The construction of the Nova is solid. The motor is extremely quiet, has twice the horsepower of my old Delta, and has a switch to reverse the turning direction. The fit and finish are superb. All of the parts adjust smoothly and hold their settings under normal use. It is great for pen turning, spindle turning and bowl turning up to a foot in diameter. I plan to keep this one for a very long time. I would recommend this lathe without hesitation.

     
    5.0

    Well built. 1 yr plus and no problems

    By  Steve

    from Vidalia, GA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Design
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I have been well pleased with this lathe. It is solid and well built. I've used it for over a yr and a half and have no problems. I use it to turn about anything that is round and wooden, from bowls, platters, wine bottle stoppers and spindles to any round object needed in the shop or house. I would have no problem recommending this lathe.

     
    3.0

    its ok

    By  jammieK

    from wichita falls texas

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I just got this thing

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Machine

    By  Rickthewoodturner.com

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Design
    • Powerful
    • Safe

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Big Jobs
    • Home Use
    • Professional Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I generally do not take the time to write reviews but I am so impressed with this lathe that I felt compelled to do it. I am a weekend warrior and this lathe is fantastic. I have been using it for over 6 years and never had a problem. When I got it I bought some extra belts thinking that they would wear out but after all that time, I have only changed the belt one time. This thing is a tank, it can do anything. I have made vase's that started out weighing about 30 pounds and I also make ink pens on it. I have even used it to turn Alabaster which is also quite heavy. It is versatile, durable, and with the rotating head very flexible. It is really well built with enough power to do the job. Of all the things I have ever bought, this is without a doubt the best. You can buy more expensive lathes but I don't know why you would want to, I have yet to find a project that I cannot do on this machine.

     
    4.0

    Very happy customer

    By  Loggie log

    from austin , tx

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Design
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I have had the lathe since December and use it a few hours every other day. I have turned some rather large bowls and various small projects. Next step is the out board tool rest for some big platters! Stand is not the greatest but for the money.. cant be beat. I laid an old yoga matt under the stand and it greatly reduced the vibration. one can switch the belt speed in probably 30-40 seconds with practice. Wish it had a kill switch as some times scary reaching over to turn it off. No idea why they don't include a hand wheel with the lathe! Thus far super happy with the purchase. Glad i got it on sale but it would be well worth buying for the full MSRP.

     
    3.0

    Mixed Feelings

    By  Phillip

    from Hickory NC

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I upgraded from a Jet mini lathe to this Nova on recommendations from several friends, however once I put the unit together, I had to take it back apart to repair mismade parts. The adjusting cam for the motor was drilled crooked and would not fit into the slot properly, would not adjust the motor position as it should. I also found that the nuts that are included are one time use, you loosen them, you replace them or they won't hold again so trip to Lowes to get hardware. Next I find that the sight on the front for knowing where the belt is positioned is about half way off to the left, alignment is not correct to sight as they say to do on the machine. I also has to remove the shielding to cut away part of the material that interferred with the motor shaft when you're adjusting the belt to another speed, it would lock the motor so you could not rotate the pulley to check for proper alignment of the belt prior to tensioning. Overall I expected far higher quality from this produce based on the fact that Fine Woodworking endorsed it!! It is not terribly overpriced (if you buy it on sale as I did) and you don't have to repair it right out of the box, but I found I had to 'work on it' more than I should have and I'm still yet to turn anything on it.

     
    4.0

    Close but no cigar.

    By  Dustymac

    from Suburban Maryland

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    After 40 years of professional cabinetmaking, it seemed like fun to adopt woodturning as a hobby. Usually I buy used machines but the swiveling headstock was too much to resist and hard to find in older lathes. Although I'm still happy with the Nova after owning it for more than a year, there have been some growing pains. The first thing was to replace the tool rest. The original from Teknatool is too rough for being the one part on the lathe you touch constantly. Then I noticed the tool rest rocked slightly when you applied pressure to the right side. I removed the banjo, what Teknatool calls a "toolslide", and found a couple defects on the bottom. Not only was a twist milled into the bottom of the banjo, but there was about 8" of rough casting which escaped milling altogether. No matter how tightly you cranked down on the locking cam, the banjo would not sit flat on the lathe bed. Unacceptable. I didn't call Teknatool about it, opting instead to just fix it myself. I'll never be a very good turner but working on woodworking machines is a different story. Waiting for what could possibly be another defective part seemed too possible, so I filed the bottom flat using a good straightedge and precision level. So much metal was removed off the bottom, the cam wouldn't grab any more. That was easy to adjust and it works great now. What bothers me most about this defect is that it was so visually obvious and at least four workers at the factory should have spotted it before me. It makes me wonder what else went un-noticed. Ironically, this was one of two parts on the lathe bearing a quality control sticker. Inspector number 2. I also noticed the last time I was in the Rockville Woodcraft store that the Nova DVR on display had a similar defect, although not as bad. At least the display tool rest didn't rock like mine did. Otherwise it's been a pretty good lathe. I haven't turned any 29" bowls, and there haven't been any vibration issues. The grooved power transmission belt is much funkier to change than a normal v-belt; sometimes I yearn for the DVR. Then I remember the price difference and come back to reality. I do plan to add a bed extension the first time I get a long spindle job, and probably some kind of emergency stop (#32W274) I can hit with my knee.

     
    3.0

    Follow up to my previous review.

    By  Diesel94

    from Rockford, IL

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Below Average Service

    Best Uses

    • Home Use

    Comments about Nova 1624-44 Wood Lathe :

    I had written a previous review of this product outlining the faults of the machine and poor service I experienced. The problem has been resolved with the shipment of a new headstock. Now that the unit is operating within specifications, it's a decent lathe at a reasonable price. However, to get communication going with the USA Teknatool office, I had to contact the company headquarters in New Zealand. They contacted the USA office who immediately responded. In fairness to the USA office, they apparently had been working on resolving my issue, but didn't inform me of if or how they would handle the problem. I initially contacted Teknatool in late December and finally was told how the problem would be corrected in early February (literally the day before the new headstock was shipped). I may consider a DVR headstock at some point in the future, but I'll want to see it run before I buy. Bottom line; if you buy this lathe (especially on sale) and get one of the good ones (which my research says is highly probable), you'll be happy. If you end up needing service, my experience says you'd better have a high tolerance for frustration.

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