4.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings

Available in the US only.

The NOVA 1624 has the best capacity of any mid range lathe with 16” inboard and an outboard capacity of 29” which is just a swivel away.  Now get the best out of your 1624 by adding our renowned Striatech DVR™ Intelligent Variable Speed Drive. Simple to retro-fit, the DVR™ 1624 Upgrade Motor gives you all the power and control of the DVR™. It’s a simple, easy to fit bolt on intelligent motor. All the existing functions that you know and love from the 1624 lathe (such as the full swivel headstock) are included in the new upgrade. In addition, all of your existing NOVA accessories such as NOVA Chucks, centers, bed extensions and outriggers will still fit your lathe with the upgrade. It’s not only easy to convert to outrigger work for larger bowls and to extend spindle capacity with add on beds, but the lathe has the power and capacity to handle it with ease.

Easy to operate, the Striatech DVR™  motor transforms your NOVA 1624 into a SMART lathe, using Adaptive Control™ Software. The intelligent computerized control assists you with your turning. For instance, it will measure the weight of the workpiece and adjust performance accordingly. Has the ability to sense faults in the set up and will advise. Senses safety issues such as chisel dig ins and spindle lock, and will instantly shut down power to the spindle. With no belts or pulleys to cause vibration, a computer that automatically adjusts performance and solid cast iron construction, this DVR motor is one smooth operator. This delivers the ability to turn faster and more efficiently and cuts down on sanding time. The 5 favorite speeds function also enables you to program your most used speeds, finishing your project faster.

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Product Description

DVR Features & Benefits:

  • High torque Power
  • Instant power when you need it. With it’s 1.75/110v high torque motor, exceptional structural strength and smart design
  • Plug n’ Play
  • Easy to use, push button electronic variable speed with forward and reverse.
  • Safety sensing
  • Computer control instantly cuts power to the spindle if it senses a chisel dig in, or if the spindle lock is on when wanting to turn the spindle
  • Variable speed 100 – 5,000 RPM
  • Low Maintenance
  • Industrial Grade Electronics
  • Faster, more efficient turning
  • Easy Setup
  • Easy to fit to the NOVA 1624 Lathe – swap out your old AC motor to the DVR using the same motor pulley and flange.
  • No need for belt changes. Only one belt position required for full DVR variable speed from 100rpm to 3500rpm, including 5 custom preset speeds for your project roughing to finishing.



  • Speed: 100-5000 rpm
  • Motor: Striatech DVR High Torque Direct Drive 1.75HP – 110v single phase. 15amp supply. 220v compatible
  • Forward and reverse motor function
  • Fits all NOVA 1624 Lathes
  • Other lathes may be able to be upgraded also

Warranty: 2-Year Full Replacement

3 reviews for NOVA DVR MOTOR UPGRADE FOR 1624 LATHE (53101)

  1. 4 out of 5

    John Lehman

    I have had my upgrade about 6 months and for the most part I am happy with it. I also have trouble with the forward/reverse feature, it takes several try’s to activate and seemingly could be fixed with firmware. . Also the actual RPM is 11.5% lower than the RPM indicated on the read out. It would seem that this error could be eliminated via software or firmware. One other thing that is somewhat troublesome is there is no panic button and the controls are in somewhat of an awkward position to reach in an emergency satiation. It would also be nice to know what all the menu settings actually do. What the heck does ktint+/-kprop mean. I don’t know but I can set it LOL. The manual is very sketchy and needs a rewrite.
    Overall the upgrade works well and is a vast improvement over having to mess with the belts.
    The documentation and the lack of support is the reason for only a 4 star rating.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul Gooch

    I was one of the first customers to buy this upgrade. There were no instructions regarding where to place the electronics on the new motor, after trial and error I finally was able to place properly. I was a little disappointed with sales personnel as I called and left several messages to try to get instructions, never did get a call back, it seemed once I purchased the upgrade and it was shipped, I did not matter any longer. That is my grip, thanks for reading. I am pleased with the upgrade, it saves a lot of time in the shop. I also have the same problem with the forward to reverse button, takes several times of pressing it to get it to change. I also would like to have a better instruction on the menu as it is not easy to use. Overall though, I wouldn’t want to go back to pre-upgrade status.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bob Hoye

    Have used this approx. 6 months, after 18 months of switching belt pulleys to change speed. Somewhat pricey, but if you found your 1624 lathe on sale (I did), it’s still less expensive than buying a DVR lathe. Just for the option of changing speed with the punch of a button or twist of a knob, this upgrade is worth it. Mine is not always reliable at switching between forward & reverse; you have to watch the screen & sometimes punch the button several times until it happens. Overall though, I wouldn’t want to go back to pre-upgrade status.

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Standard Equipment:

  • Striatech DVR motor
  • Fastenings
  • Pulley
  • Instruction Manual

California Residents Proposition 65
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals ​(Rust Prevention Oil) ​which are known to the State of California to cause cancer​. ​Always wash your hands after unpacking the product for first use and use in a well ventilated area. Dispose of packaging bags thoughtfully.

For more information go to: P65Warnings.ca.gov