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Nova Lathes 53101 1624-44 DVR Motor Upgrade Package

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Nova Lathes 53101 1624-44 DVR Motor Upgrade Package

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The 53101 includes:

  • 1x Nova 53101 1624-44 DVR Motor Upgrade Package
  • 1x Fastenings
  • 1x Instruction Manual


  • Easy to operate, the DVRTM motor transforms your NOVA 1624 into a SMART lathe, using Adaptive Control Software
  • Instant power when you need it. With it's 1.75/115v high torque motor, exceptional structural strength and smart design, 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
  • DVR 1624 Package Drive Upgrade delivers incredible turning smoothness. With a computer that automatically adjusts performance and solid cast iron construction, the DVRTM Upgrade is one smooth operator
  • Delivers the ability to turn faster and more efficiently and cuts down on sanding time
  • The 5 FAVOURITE SPEEDS function also enables you to preselect your most used speeds, finishing your project faster
  • Easy to use, push button electronic variable speed with forward and reverse
  • 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.
  • Smart computer controlled motor only draws as much power as it needs for the project being worked on

Simple to retro-fit, the DVR 1624 lathe package drive upgrade motor gives you all the power and control of the DVR to your existing NOVA 1624 lathe. It's a simple, easy to fit bolt on intelligent motor. All the existing functions that you know and love from your 1624 lathe such as the full swivel headstock, still feature on your new upgrade. Plus all your existing NOVA accessories such as NOVA Chucks, centers, bed extensions and outriggers will still fit your lathe once you add the DVR 1624 Package Drive Upgrade.

The DVRTM 1624 Package Drive Upgrade features intelligent ADAPTIVE CONTROL software that works for the turner to produce optimum turning conditions for your specific projects.

Easy to fit to your NOVA 1624 Lathe - swap out your old AC motor to the DVR using your same motor pulley and flange.

Easy set up and use - No need for belt changes. Only one belt position required for full DVR variable speed from 100rpm to 5500rpm, including 5 custom pre set speeds for your project roughing to finishing.

Click here for the official Nova websiteClick here for an online PDF of the instruction manual

Tech Specs:

  • Brand: Nova
  • Model: 53101
  • MPN: 53101
  • UPC: 669762004208
  • Type: DVR Motor Upgrade
  • Speed Range: 100-5500 RPM
  • Motor: 1.75HP DVR High Torque; 115V; 220v compatible
  • Phase: Single
  • Forward and Reverse: Yes
  • Compatible With: All NOVA 1624 lathes
  • Package Qty.: 1
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100% Recommend this product (8 of 8 responses)
By Jim Bennett
Folsom, CA
March 2, 2019
Excellent Upgrade, Excellent Service!
Have only had the DVR upgrade for a little over a week and so far - quite pleased. Had a couple bumps initially - the upgrade package had no instructions and no bolts to mount the display unit to the motor. Emailed Tools Plus customer service and they quickly put things right by having Teknatool send me the stuff I needed.

The install went as I had expected - kinda tough to get the pulley off the old motor but a couple You Tube videos helped tremendously with that.

No more stinking belt changes - a simple twist of the knob is all it takes to slow down or speed up the lathe now.
ProsFairly simple upgrade; bolts right in as described in the advertising. Makes speed changes a piece of cake.
ConsUser manual, while nice and glossy, is quite lacking in explaining what all the menu functions really do. The manufacturer of the motor could have done a lot better job with that. Putting a set screw back to hold fasten the pulley to the drive shaft was pretty tricky - kept falling off the Allen wrench and into the motor housing. I wound up placing a tiny bit of chewing gum on the set screw to keep it attached to the wrench.
By Robert Crawford
San Antonio, Texas
May 13, 2020
Great Upgrade
Very pleased with the functionality of this upgrade. The variable speed dial, coupled with the ability to also program 5 pre-set speeds makes this lathe do pretty much anything I could ask of it. My only objection would be with the instruction book to install this beast. Now, overall the instruction book is clear with good pictures to guide you through the process, with one exception!. The book indicated the control panel was already attached to the motor. It was not! Also, the two small bolts to connect it were not included. That required a quick trip to Home Depot, once I figured out the correct size and thread pattern. Now, you would think that would be a simple thing...just bolt it on. However, there are like six predrilled locations on the motor where you could connect it, but only one where the display is properly oriented so the T-handle movement does not bind with the motor. Hint...a few of the cooling fins on the motor housing are cut down, and the motor should be oriented for that area to be next to the T-handle. Once I figured that out, install was a breeze. Good product. Instructions need updating.
ProsFunctionality and versatility.
ConsAssembly instructions need updating.
By Joe
Rohnert Park CA
February 7, 2020
Missing pats
Install was simple once I came up with the missing fasteners.
Very pleased with the upgrade.
Now, what to do with the original motor. That's the question. Overall I am happy!
ConsMissing fasteners for the control panel and fan shroud.
By Howard
Virginia Beach, VA
November 2, 2019
wonder upgrade
I've only turned a couple of projects so far but I love the smoothness and control the DVR motor provides. Changing belt positions was never difficult but having the fine tuning control to maximize speed for out of balance blanks has been very helpful.

The issues were the fact that no installation instructions and no mounting bolts for the panel to the motor were included. Thanks to several very informative videos that walk you step by step through the install, I had no problems. The whole upgrade took less than an hour (including a stuck bolt holding the mounting plate on).

Definately worth the upgrade.
Prossmooth running, easy to use,
Consno installation instructions or mounting bolts for the control panel
By John
Pahrump, NV
March 14, 2019
Nova 1624-44 DVR Motor Upgrade Package
I decided to upgrade my Nova 1624-44 for two reasons; first, I really like my lathe and the accessories I have for it, and second, it was much less expensive that purchasing a new lathe.
ProsThe cost, free shipping and effortless ordering process are what convinced me to go with Tools -Plus.
Southeast Pa
October 7, 2018
The Best
1st time ordering from Tools Plus and it was very easy ordering from their web site. My order was shipped the same day ordering and I had it the next day. I had already placed my 2nd order from them and had it here at my address the next day. I will be ordering from them again.
ProsMy DVR upgrade was very easy to install. I have been using it for about a week. It has made my wood lathe a lot easier. No more belts to change. Tool Pluse had the best price and free shipping.
By Paul
July 21, 2018
Great Product - Nova Lathes 53101
I really don't know why Nova does not sell this as the base model. So much more control will always produce better results
ProsChanged over the motors in less than an hour. Watch the YouTube video
By Richard January
July 11, 2018
A great improvement for my Nova 1624 II lathe
The motor works great, smooth and powerful.
ProsPowerful, smooth motor. Install was easy and straight forward. Easy speed changes. Presets for frequently used speeds.
ConsController would be better if it had mechanical as opposed to touch switches. Control panel could be mounted in a better location, not behind and beyond the headstock.

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