In all fairness to the NOVA, I should apologise for potentially misleading anyone reading my review.
While the comments are actual they are presented in a misinterpreted fashion (by me).
1. There is a 4 second delay with the "auto-start" alarm set. However, if the "auto-start" alarm is turned OFF, the drill starts immediately after the "auto-start" depth (approx. 8mm) quill travel is reached.
2. I thought that the quill travel was halted when the set depth was reached, however, this was not happening after the firmware update. I was incorrect here as the quill was never locked in any firmware version. It was my drill handling that gave me the false impression.
I do apologise if I may have given reads of my review a wrong impression. I still feel that there are a few issue that need to be ironed out to justify the cost (compared to other "non-milling" machines), however, it does have a lot of redeeming features that I would have trouble doing without.
Looks like the review was either subsidised or incomplete.
1. There is a 4 second delay between "auto-start" and motor engagement. This allows for a substantial quill travel.
2. When a
"auto-start" is active and the set depth stop is electronically set, unless the quill is returned to the zero position it will auto start again. While it stops after about 1 second, this unexpected start is dangerous especially when you reach to change the drill bit.
3. For keyless chucks there is no motor resistance so even to snug up a drill bit is impossible with one hand.
After the 1st firmware upgrade.
1. Auto depth stop was unpredictable. Sometimes the drill stopped and at other times continued well after a further 20mm downward movement.
2. Even if auto stop works, the quill was not locked. If the 'stop & reverse" feature is selected, with pressure on the quill you can drill a significant further (in reverse for 2 seconds).
3. If "Brake lock" and "stop & reverse" are selected, upon completion of the "cycle" the drill will automatically be put into reverse mode and has to be physically reset to Forward for the next operation.
I do not recommend this drill to anyone at the moment and as NOVA are talking about free firmware upgrades "this time" I would wait at least 6 months before some of the safety bugs are ironed out.
Welcome back Dave.. Been hanging out for your informative posts.
Thanks Dave, This has been invaluable. Compared to other tutorials regarding thread making,this is a credit to your teaching style (and knowledge of Sketchup). I noticed you used a 29 degree angle on the acme threads and your guide points were .0741" up on the blue axis and .11" left on the red axis (relative to the "bottom end" of the helix). Where did these numbers come from? Is there a formula or basically trial and error? Great job, Alex.
HI Dave, Being a Pro 2013 licensee what happens if I download 2014? Do I loose my license and get relegated to the non-licensed version? Do I need to pay for a 2014 license/upgrade?
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