Nova 55250 Orion 18in DVR Lathe

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NOVA 55250 Orion 18in DVR Lathe 2020 Edition

The Nova Orion 18in DVR Wood Lathe combines all the best features of today’s larger lathes including 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, the Orion can be extended to suit longer projects as needed.

The swivel head and articulated Outrigger Accessory (purchased separately), together with the flexible bed configuration, means that even when turning large bowls (29in), you are still turning in the same compact area.
The Orion gives you Power to Turn and Burn with its 1.75 HP 110/ 2HP 220V DVR motor and provides more power and torque than any competitive 18" lathe on the market. With no pulleys or belts to vibrate, the award-winning DVR Direct Drive Motor is incredibly smooth and delivers intelligent control to your turning experience.

The Nova DVR Motor also delivers an incredible variable speed range that includes a very low speed of 100 RPM up to an incredibly high speed of 5,000 RPM. This makes it the perfect solution for a wide variety of projects from small pens to large bowls and platters. The ability to program up to 8 favorite speeds, the Orion instantly and efficiently allows the user to toggle to their desired speed. When it comes to capacity, Orion delivers with 18in over the bed and 29in capacity with the optional outrigger accessory. Overall distance between centers using the extension bed is 45”.

The 360° swiveling headstock locks at any position and includes locating detents at 0°, 22.5°, 45° and 90°. The tailstock is self-ejecting. The bed has CAD designed webbing to absorb vibration throughout the bed length and provides exceptional structural strength.

Additional features of the unique DVR drive include: Electronic Auto Braking, Speed Selection Chart, Eight Favorite Speed Settings, Speed Ramp Profiles, Idle Motor Detection, Upgradeable Firmware, Emergency Stop button, Vibration Sensing and Optional Wireless Remote Capability (additional purchase SKU 55522). Standard Equipment includes, Cast Iron Stand, 6″ Faceplate, 12″ Tool rest, 2MT Live Center, 2MT Spur Center, NOVA DVR Motor & Controller, Knock Out Bar, extra solid cast iron bed extension, manual & fastenings and weighs in at 496 lbs.

Warranty is 5 Years on parts and components and 2 year on motor and electronics.

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  • Bowl turning capacity: 18in/457mm inboard 29in/736mm outboard (using optional outrigger accessory)
  • Spindle Thread: 1.25in x 8 TPI RH (USA, Canada, Australasia) M33 x 3.5 RH (Europe, UK)
  • Between Centers: Standard 45.25”/ 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
  • Wireless Remote Capability (Additional purchase -SKU 55522)
  • Power to Turn and Burn
  • 1.75 HP 110/ 2HP 220V Direct Drive DVR Motor
  • 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

Standard Equipment:

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


  • 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)
    • – 45.25”/ 1149.35mm Between Centers
  • 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.

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UPC Number: 669792552502

5 Years on parts and components and 2 year on motor and electronics.