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Nova 1624 II
Nov 1st, 2016 at 9:23am
 
Hi Turners,

I currently have a Delta mini lathe. I'm looking at purchasing a Nova 1624 II. Does anybody have 1? Are there any negatives to that lathe? It seems like a lot of lathe for the money. Thanks,

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Re: Nova 1624 II
Reply #1 - Nov 1st, 2016 at 11:58am
 
I have had this lathe for a number of years. I don't have any complaints been a solid worker for me. That said, I upgraded the motor with the variable speed motor kit sold by Teknatool and now I really love it. No more changing belts. The upgrade was easy, defiantly worth the investment.
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Reply #2 - Nov 1st, 2016 at 12:59pm
 
Thanks, Steve. I would plan on the upgrade down the road, also.
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Re: Nova 1624 II
Reply #3 - Nov 1st, 2016 at 2:55pm
 
I've had my 1624 for about seven years and no problems.
Mine is, of course, the 1624 not the 1624 II. 
I don't think changing the paint from silver to black will increase/decrease the lathe performance.
Have to give my silver one  Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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Re: Nova 1624 II
Reply #4 - Nov 1st, 2016 at 8:41pm
 
Hey Mike, Ha, I didn't realize the paint was all they changed. I looked on Teknatool's site, and it said about the same thing. I met the owner of Nova lathes about a month ago, at a local Rockler. Nice guy, and they do have some innovative ideas.
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Reply #5 - Nov 2nd, 2016 at 9:08am
 
I have had a Nova 16/24 for about 6 years.  I have the belt drive version I bought on sale at Woodcraft.  Have the bowl rest and one extension.  It is a solid lathe and I have had no problems with it.  There are a few small complaints.  One annoying thing is the size and kind of thread on the locking levers for the tool rest.  You have to push hard to get stuff locked in place and then the thread sticks a bit and it is hard to get it loose.  Since you adjust the tool rest often it gets to be irritating.  For the amount of money I spent I think I have a solid performer.  But more money spent would produce a  better lathe.  Nova does scrimp a little on machining finish and user design.  If the budget allows I would look hard at the Jet and the Powermatic and others up front.
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Reply #6 - Dec 19th, 2016 at 1:39am
 
I am not sure if you have purchased the NOVA 1624 yet or not, but right now Woodcraft has a sale going on and it is $849.  I bought one from them in November for $999 and the shipping was another $199. 

That said, mine arrived with a defective spindle, and resulting spindle wobble. The customer service I received from them was terrible to say the least.  However, it seems as many on here have had great customer service, so maybe I am just unlucky.

Once I got the new spindle and bearings installed it has ran great though.  It is surprisingly well balanced for the larger out of balance logs/blanks for its relatively low overall weight.  Changing the belts hasn't been an issue for me other than the flimsy cover that you have to open.  I'll be getting rid of the screw in knob/latch for it and using magnets soon though, but that is an easy fix for what is more of an annoyance than a problem. 

I'm torn on whether I would recommend it or not though.

On one hand it is a good running lathe that performs like a bigger lathe than it is. 

On the other side, it arrived in unusable condition and the customer service was horrible at best. But like I said, maybe I was just unlucky in that department.

Best of luck with whatever lathe you decide to go with, and don't forget to check craigslist, you never know what you might get lucky and find on there.

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Reply #7 - Dec 19th, 2016 at 1:34pm
 
I ordered mine, Saturday, from Woodcraft. It should be in on Friday.
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Reply #8 - Dec 22nd, 2016 at 6:42pm
 
Kevin Did You get your 1624? Is it ok?
         I just ordered One.
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Reply #9 - Dec 22nd, 2016 at 8:17pm
 
Got my 1624from Woodcraft 4 years ago no problems with it and I use it 20 to30 hours a week when its warm.
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Re: Nova 1624 II
Reply #10 - Dec 23rd, 2016 at 12:11am
 
Anthony, tomorrow is the day for me. Hopefully, I'll have it together, and running by 5.
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Reply #11 - Dec 23rd, 2016 at 9:49am
 
Thanks Kevin  Can you let me know how you have made
                     out,putting it together,etc. I have heard a
                     couple reviews about spindle wobble.I just
                     ordered mine, have it on lay away so it will
                     be a couple of months before I get it.Thanks
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Reply #12 - Dec 23rd, 2016 at 3:04pm
 
I am one of those who had a bad spindle on my 1624. Putting it together was a snap though, took less than an hour.  I would recommend putting blue or red locktite on the studs that go into the headstock housing though (the ones that the motor slides on to.  It will help keep the tight as they can loosen when the motor is rotated when changing the belt speeds.

One other thing I would recommend doing when you get your lathe, is to make sure that the front bearing is seated all the way. Before you put the motor on, swivel the headstock 180 degrees and run the tailstock up to the back of the spindle to give it support, then use a piece of pvc pipe to go over the the front of the spindle (make sure that it is only resting on the inner metal part of the bearing, not the plastic) and just give it a few light taps to start. It should sound and feel solid, if not, you may need to tap it a few more times to get it back to where it needs to be.

Mine 1624 was a nightmare upon arrival, but now that I have replaced the parts, it is a good running little lathe.  Price wise it is tough to beat as well.

Hopefully yours are good upon arrival, but if not pm me. I have the contact info for the people there who can actually help get things straightened out, I had to go way above the regular customer service department to get things done.



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Reply #13 - Dec 23rd, 2016 at 4:09pm
 
Thanks for that info AJ when I receive my lathe,I will check
back with you. I have any other Questions.I,am going to look
up the manuel for it and see where the bearings Are Etc.
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Reply #14 - Dec 23rd, 2016 at 5:01pm
 
Mine is in the bed of my truck. I'm waiting on someone to come look at my little Delta, and maybe buy it. Either way, after they look at it, I'm going to clear out a space, and get to putting it together.
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Reply #15 - Dec 23rd, 2016 at 5:18pm
 
Thats sounds great Kevin,when your all done send a couple pics if you can.
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Reply #16 - Dec 24th, 2016 at 12:12am
 
It's all together, set up, cleaned, bed waxed and ready to go. No spindle problems. 1 weird thing is that I am certain it runs opposite of the forward and reverse settings.
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Reply #17 - Dec 24th, 2016 at 2:51am
 
Kevin Campbell wrote on Dec 24th, 2016 at 12:12am:
It's all together, set up, cleaned, bed waxed and ready to go. No spindle problems. 1 weird thing is that I am certain it runs opposite of the forward and reverse settings.



There is a recall on the switch if the forward and reverse are switched.  Call in to their customer service if you are feeling lucky, or call John Ford extension 706 if you actually want the part, and they will send you a new electrical box. Or offer to have you return the lathe and they will ship you a new one...

I finally got in touch with their marketing manager about the problems I had, and listed the forward/reverse being backwards as well as the condition my 1624 arrived in, and she said that the recall notice was supposedly on their website.  Apparently none of the lathes from the batch that had that problem were supposed to be fixed before they were sent out.
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Reply #18 - Dec 24th, 2016 at 2:12pm
 
Well, I typed that last message too soon. They told me that it was a problem with the electrical box with the switch that was recalled, and they would send out a whole new electrical box.  But the package arrived today and it is just the little silver plastic piece that has the "f" and "r" on it.   It's not really a big worry for me regardless, after the first two times of using it you learn which way is forward and reverse anyway.
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Reply #19 - Dec 27th, 2016 at 4:41pm
 
I'll tell ya, I am loving this lathe. Speed and stability are 2 excellent characteristics for woodturning. And, the swivel head is great. Back and left shoulder are very thankful for that feature. Also, a guy called from Nova, and they are sending out the part for the forward/ reverse issue.
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Reply #20 - Dec 27th, 2016 at 10:21pm
 
Thats Great to hear Kevin I can,t wait until I get mine. Thumbs Up
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Reply #21 - Dec 31st, 2016 at 8:14pm
 
Im looking at this Lathe now, just seems to good to be true. I might just have to do it when woodcraft has thier anniversary sale on the 28th.
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Reply #22 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 8:42am
 
I have the nova 16-24. it is a no frills work horse. make sure you add weight to it. the lathe is to light and will shake with larger unbalances pieces.

customer support is horrible though.
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Reply #23 - Jan 17th, 2017 at 10:57pm
 
Jeff  Where did you add weight to yours?
       Do you have  the iron stand or
       the one that comes with it?Thanks Anthony
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Reply #24 - Jan 18th, 2017 at 8:13am
 
i have the hybrid stand. I hung some weight with a chain attached to the top of the legs. added a total of 170 lbs, I still need to try and add some more.
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Reply #25 - Feb 4th, 2017 at 12:37pm
 
I've had the 1624 for three years. I added the outboard spindle wheel and highly recommend getting that little item.  I continually use it to "apply the brakes" when shutting off the lathe - much safer than grabbing the chuck or rotating stock. Last year I added the factory variable speed upgrade. Yes, it was easy enough to deal with the belts, but I found myself leaving it in just a few basic speeds and not changing around as much as I probably should.  The variable speed definitely took care of that, and I'm now all over the map with spindle speeds as I perform different operations. Pure pleasure.  My only gripe thus far is that it has been much harder to switch from forward to reverse, taking several pushes on the pressure switch before it actually changes.  Just this past few days I may have discovered that maybe I've been pushing too hard on that pressure switch.  It seems to respond much better to just light taps/pushes.  If so, my only gripe will be gone. My upgrade did come with a broken control box housing. The company sent me a replacement but after looking at all the wiring I'd have to change over I decided to repair the broken box in place.  So far it's holding up fine.

I was a little disappointed to find that the headstock bearings are all in about a 3-inch portion of the headstock housing instead of being on either side of the pully drives. Doesn't seem to be a problem in actual use though so maybe it's just my old-school sort of thinking. I don't think I'd want to do any metal spinning on this lathe though because of the headstock bearing locations.

The 1624 in original or variable speed form is a fine lathe.

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Reply #26 - Feb 27th, 2017 at 9:55pm
 
Bit the bullet, bought the 1624 -2 and have been setting it up. Installed wheels and have a lower shelf across the legs. Eventually I'll build a set of drawers to hold items. Also bulding a tool holder that will swing open. Mine does have the backward problem but they are sending me a replacement label.
I did do a quick test turn and it worked fine and was smooth.
The bed surface is not very smooth but it works.
All bolts are metric.
The tool rest that comes with it is ROUGH cast need to smooth it with a file so tools glide over the surface. Or, buy aftermarket rests.
It's kinda a pain to align the head to tail stock when turning point to point. The head lock needs to be adjusted or tightened slowly to keep the points aligned.
Overall, think this is gonna be a fun toy.
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Reply #27 - Mar 18th, 2017 at 7:20am
 
After having the 1624 for a month I find that some accessories are really useful. First, get the head allignment tool. This thing makes quick work of aligning the tailstock and head. Very useful if you rotate the head for anywork.
The hand wheel is another I think that is needed. darn thing doesn't come with one. I find I miss this as my Jet had one.
Get a smaller tool rest. The big 12" that it comes with is to big for small work.
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Reply #28 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 3:18pm
 
Ken, I think I would call the service center (Nova USA) about the handwheel.   Maybe they changed but they do list it (part 67) in the 1624II manual.  I have never heard of a Nova not coming with a handwheel.
You didn't buy it as a store display did you?
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Reply #29 - Mar 19th, 2017 at 7:19pm
 
Guys  I will be getting my 1624 in about a month
         I ordered the hand wheel and alignment tool
         it came today.I don,t think the hand wheel comes
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Reply #30 - Apr 12th, 2017 at 9:13pm
 
Hello Guys
                 I finally got my 1624,everything went together well
                 the only thing it has the motor reverse switch is
                 backward.Called nova and they got right back to me
                 they were very helpful and are sending out the
                 replacement switch cover plate right out.I had other
                 questions also and were ready to listen.Very nice
                 guys.Belt change is quick once you get use to it.
                 runs quiet.Already turned a pen.I,am happy with it
                 so far,can,t wait to turn some bigger bowls once i
                 find some more wood. Thumbs Up
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Reply #31 - Apr 13th, 2017 at 10:45am
 
A couple of tips, use them or not.
It is dark inside the headstock with the cover down.  I carefully removed the plate and replace the double sided tape with rubber magnets strips.  Quicker to remove the cover to check the speed and also allows for a finger from the front for the lowest speed.  I have never had it vibrate/jiggle off.
Place a piece of duct tape over the slot in the tailstock for the keeper plate.  Keeps the dust out between oil.
Added a slap switch at the tailstock end in the event of an emergency but thankfully have never needed to use it.
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Reply #32 - Apr 13th, 2017 at 4:24pm
 
Thanks Mike Good tips I like your shelf,can you send a couple more pictures of it? , and how you built it.Anthony
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Reply #33 - Apr 13th, 2017 at 6:56pm
 
I don't have any more pics but it is 48" long, the base is 5.5" wide and the rails are 3/4X1.5.  The rails extend on the top 1/2" and 1/4" underneath.  Note the rail on the tailstock end is about 4" shorter than the distance to the brace.  This allows you to slide it towards the tailstock and the headstock end will drop out.
Really not a lot of use expect collecting shavings but I did use it most times when I first started. (Back before I had enough stuff, make that necessities for turning,  that I needed a cabinet  Wink).
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Reply #34 - Apr 13th, 2017 at 9:45pm
 
Thanks mike I need to do something so i can add a little more
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