5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings


This lathe combines the best features of larger lathes – power, capacity and capability with state-of-the-art technology to make your turning more efficient, fun and safer. Great for those who need all the workshop space they can get. The lathe can be configured with a compact footprint or using the bed extension (included as standard) the Orion can be made longer to suit longer projects as needed.

The swivel head and articulated Outrigger Accessory, together with the flexible bed configuration, means that even when turning large bowls (29”), you are still turning in the same compact area. With no pulleys or belts to vibrate, the Award-Winning DVR Direct Drive Motor powered by STRIATECH is incredibly smooth and delivers intelligent control to your turning experience.

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Product Description


  • Bowl turning capacity:
    18″/457mm inboard
    29”/736mm outboard (using optional outrigger accessory expected to be released in 2021)
  • Spindle Thread: 1 1/4″ x 8TPI RH (USA, Canada, Australasia)
    M33 x 3.5 RH (Europe, UK)
  • Between Centers: Standard 45.25”/ 1149.35mm with included extra Bed Extension
    or 22.75”/ 577.85mm in the compact configuration
  • HP: 1.75 HP 110/2HP 220V DVR Direct Drive Motor
  • 100 – 5,000 RPM continual Variable Speed with dial for precise and fast speed
  • Self-Ejecting 2MT Hollow Tailstock
  • Power to Turn and Burn
    More power/torque than any competitive 18″ lathe
  • Incredible Variable Speed Range – 100 RPM – 5,000 RPM
  • 8 Favorite Speeds
  • Electronic Auto Braking
  • Speed Selection Chart
  • 8 Favorite Speed Settings


55252: M33 Spindle 230v (Europe)
55251: 1 1/4″ Spindle 230v (NZ / Australia)
55250: 1 1/4″ Spindle 115v (Canada / USA) – Discontinued USA Market Only

* 5 Year Warranty on Parts and Components
*2 Year Warranty on Motor and Electronics
* Restrictions apply


  • Speed Ramp Profiles
  • Idle Motor Detection
  • Upgradeable Firmware
  • Emergency Stop
  • Vibration Sensing
  • Maximum Torque at Low RPMs
  • 360° Swivel Headstock
  • Weight: 496lbs / 225kgs
  • Dimensions: 44.5L x 49H x 23.5 W inches
  • Flexible Capacity to Match Your Project
  • – 18″/457mm Capacity Over Bed
  • – 29″/736mm Capacity Outboard (with optional outrigger accessory expected to be released in 2021)
  • Self-Ejecting Tailstock Center
    Project set ups are faster and easier
  • 360° Swivel Head
    Lock at any position, plus detent locating positions at 0°, 22.5°, 45° and 90°.
    High accuracy and easy swivel
  • Solid Bed Structure
    CAD designed webbing to absorb
    vibration throughout the bed length.
    Exceptional structural strength.



  • Cast Iron Stand
  • 150mm/6″ Faceplate
  • 300mm /12″ Toolrest
  • 2MT Live Center
  • 2MT Spur Center
  • NOVA DVR Motor & Controller, 2HP (220v) and 1.75HP (110v)
  • Knock Out Bar
  • Manual & Fastenings
  • Extra Solid Cast Iron Bed Extension Included

2 reviews for NOVA ORION 18” DVR LATHE

  1. 5 out of 5

    Craig Raper

    I love this lathe. Does every thing I could want and always smooth. After back surgeries having the rotatable head is sweet, no more leaning and bending over the bed. It gives me at least and extra two hours in the shop. Only thing I can think of would be hide away casters so it can be more easily moved for cleaning and rearranging the shop. But I loved ot so much my turning friend bought one two weeks later, The delivery guy at Old Dominion ask if I was going to need to build a receiving dock for lathes coming in

  2. 5 out of 5

    Harold Walsh

    My first Nova lathe was the 1624-44 it was a great lathe. Later I decided to up-grade to the Nova Galaxi with the DVR motor and it too was a fantastic lathe. I decided that it was too large for my needs which was mainly bowl turnings. I went back to the 1624 ll with the optional DVR motor. When Teknatool offered the Orion with an 18″ swing and included the bed extension, I knew it had the versatility I needed as a woodturner. The strong, smooth DVR motor is very quiet and you would be hard pressed to find another lathe that equals the Orion in quality, performance and price. So if you’re in the market for a lathe, give the Orion a look. Teknatool offers a great warranty and tech support too.

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55250 – Canada
55251 – New Zealand / Australia
55252 – Europe

55250 – USA