4.2 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings

USA and Canada – 58000
Australasia – 58001
UK – 58002
Europe – 58003

The world’s first smart Drill Press combines the best features of Drill presses with state of the art technology to make your project work more efficient, fun and safer. The NOVA Voyager DVR Drill Press is the most versatile Drill Press on the market, easily able to handle Wood, Metal, Plastics and Glass. It combines the proven technology with some great new features with intelligent Striatech ADAPTIVE CONTROL™ software that works for you to produce optimum conditions for your specific projects. The most innovative advancement since motors were first added to Drill Presses almost a century ago!

2-Year Full Replacement Motor and Controller
5-Year Full Replacement all other parts

Product Description


  • Using the unique DVR technology, the direct drive motor is incredibly smooth with no pulleys or belts to vibrate.
  • Sensors for superior safety, use and maintenance: Load, Depth, Vibration and Emergency Stop
  • Powerful 1.75HP/2HP Motor handles wood, metal, plastic and glass
  • 50-5500rpm variable speed for variety of projects (default is 50-3000rpm, option in settings to increase to 5500rpm)
  • No belts, quiet and smooth operation.
  • Intelligent Speed Selection to get the correct speed for the application
  • Slow Start Pilot Hole Function
  • Tapping Assist Function
  • Digital speed readout
  • Electronic Braking
  • Load Readout
  • Self Starting
  • Digital Quill Depth Readout
  • Dial Knob for precise speed adjustment
  • Forward/Reverse
  • 6” of quill travel in 2 revolutions of the handle
  • Adjustable mechanical stop coupled with Digital readout for accurate and repeatable actions
  • Intelligent Striatech Control – Easy to operate, the NOVA DVR range of machines are the only SMART machines on the market using Adaptive Control™ Software
  • High Torque Power – Instant power when you need it. With it’s 1.75HP/2HP high torque motor, exceptional structural strength and smart design, the NOVA Voyager has the power and capacity to handle a wide variety of projects with ease.
  • Faster, more efficient drilling – NOVA Voyager DVR delivers incredible turning smoothness. With no belts to cause vibration, a computer that automatically adjusts performance and solid cast iron construction, the Voyager is one smooth & quiet operator. This delivers the ability to drill faster and more efficiently.
  • Plug n’ Play Easy to use, push button electronic variable speed with forward and reverse.
  • Power Saving – Smart computer controlled motor only draws as much power as it needs for the project being worked on.  The Striatech DVR motor can save up to 50% energy and emissions over conventional motors.
  • Low Maintenance – Industrial grade electronics


  • 1.75HP/2HP Direct Drive, Variable Speed Striatech DVR Motor
  • Class F Winding Insulation. Industrial spec for long life
  • Swing: 18”
  • Spindle Travel: 6”
  • Number of Spindle Speeds: Variable
  • Speed Range: 50-3000rpm is default (option in settings to increase to 5500rpm)
  • Spindle Taper: MT-2
  • Spindle Distance to Table: (Max.) 23 1/8” (587mm)
  • Spindle Distance to Base: 40.94” (1040mm)
  • Table Size (wood working)(L x W): 16 1/2″ x 16.1/2” (419mm x 419mm)
  • Table Tilt (Deg.): -45° to +45°
  • Table Rotation (Deg.): 360°
  • Chuck Size: 5/8” (3-16mm)
  • Column Diameter: 3.62” (92mm)
  • Base Size (L x W): 22 1/4” x 17 1/2″ (565mm x 445mm)
  • Striatech DVR High Torque Motor, Switched Reluctance, Electronic Variable Speed, 1.75HP/2HP Direct Drive; Single Phase Input Supply, 110-120V, 15A, 1.75HP; 220-240V, 10-15A, 2HP (Requires optional plug change)


  1. 3 out of 5


    Ok folks, here is my first impression after having owned this drill press for a few days.
    1) The “beep” used for depth sensing and other warnings is WAY, WAY, WAY too soft. The motor noise, plus the sound of drilling in most materials drowns out this beep and makes it useless.
    2) The chuck sucks. I make small boxes and frequently need to drill holes down to #33 and 1/16″. No way. This chuck only goes to 3mm.
    3) Calibration is not well explained. How are we supposed to ACCURATELY set the quill travel to 1″, 2″, 3″,etc. The manual is no help.
    Those are the “CONS”, the “PROS” are:
    1) Smoooooth power. No vibration, No belts, speed change is absolutely awesome
    2) The depth stop is really great, except that you can’t hear the warning “beep”. You have to wait until the drill stops.
    3) I love the speed table and it even includes the “fly cutter”.
    The PROS outweigh the CONS so far. I’ll update this review after a few months of use. I’d have given this a “5” is the beep was audible and the chuck would hold small drill bits.

  2. 4 out of 5


    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

  3. 5 out of 5


    I am very satisfied with the Nova Drill Press and would highly recommend it. The advanced features are useful for repetitive operations.
    I would like to have the ability to relocate the control panel and display as they are located too high to be compatible with bifocal glasses. An extension cable and housing for the controls and display would be great and I would purchase it, if available.
    Also, the audible tone volume is not loud enough to be useful, unable to hear it when machine is operating.
    Great machine!

    Gene White, Wichita, KS

  4. 5 out of 5


    I am very satisfied with the Nova Drill Press and would highly recommend it. The advanced features are useful for repetitive operations.
    I would like to have the ability to relocate the control panel and display as they are located too high to be compatible with bifocal glasses. An extension cable and housing for the controls and display would be great and I would purchase it, if available.
    Also, the audible tone volume is not loud enough to be useful, unable to hear it when machine is operating.

    Gene White, Wichita, KS

  5. 4 out of 5


    Pretty Good Drill Press
    The drill press arrived in good condition and the packaging was first rate. Assembly was straight forward but the motor is heavy and one needs either additional hands or some mechanism to lift and place the motor properly and safely.

    The machine is well designed and built with sufficiently robust components. Instructions were better than most though there is still some room for improvement. The machine turned on and ran as advertised with one exception. At rpm greater than about 1800 the machine would make an unsettling noise out of the blue and then disappear and then return, etc.. In other words, the sound was unprovoked, happened randomly and went away randomly. The sound was like noise a fan might make when it has bad bearings. This noise was not some sort of harmonic and did not scale with rpm. My retailer, Toolnut, put me in touch with a Teknatool guy who was suppose to know all about the mechanics of the machine. Turns out he did not as he was more of a marketing guy, though one who was easy to deal with. We decided to put some hours on the machine and revisit the issue in about a month.

    After several days with little improvement I undid the cap of the machine and got a better idea where the sound was coming from, The sound appeared to be coming from the electronics board near the back of the machine which was mounted to a substantial heat sink. I checked the mounting of the components on the board and then did a reseating of the heat sink. That reduced the vast majority of the noise. With subsequent use the noise has almost completely disappeared. I am hopeful this is now a non issue, though the warranty is in place in any case.

    Not happy that the chuck will not take anything smaller than about 1/8 inch bit. Teknatool should address this and provide some means of using small bits. Teknatool provides an audible alert when a hole being drilled is near the set depth, but it is too weak to be heard above both the sound of the motor and the drilling noise and is thus useless. A volume control should be added and/or increased volume should be provided. The human interface is pretty good, but the touch switches often have to be pushed twice to work, being a bit too stiff out of the box. The display is readable, but unappealing – they could do better. Another potentially useful feature that is not implemented well is the feature of the drill reversing when the set depth is reached. It reverses, but only for a few revolutions and then stops leaving the bit in the work especially with deeper holes.

    In terms of the actual drilling operations the drill press works great. The holes are clean and true, the power is great, the table is substantial, the base is sufficient and vibrations are low. The best drilling machine I’ve owned or used and I’ve used quite a few. It works well on metals, plastics and wood.

    Future features that might be nice to include are a small led light or provisions for powering/mounting one, a keyless chuck, accomodation of small bits, and a reduction of the delay between powering on and having the machine operable.

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  • Striatech DVR Motor and controller
  • Woodworking Table (but able to hold other materials)
  • 2MT Drill Chuck
  • Fastenings
  • Instructions