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Old 12-30-2018, 07:26 AM
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Default Nova Drill Question

For those that have experience with the 4000 rpm 1/4? Nova drills....

I know the keyless chuck is faster but is it any less balanced or likely to cause vibrations and or weird holes vs the regular keyed chuck?

I am soon to be drilling longerons and stuff and my old Harbor Frieght drill is not cutting the mustard this go round!
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:26 AM
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RV10, that's a lot of holes!
I have a Sioux with manual chuck. On the longeron, I it worked great for the reasons you mention.
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Old 12-30-2018, 10:20 AM
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A good drill like a sioux is $$$ but you will never regret it, especially with all the holes you have to drill. My keyless chuck is perfect and so convenient. I would never go back. Also, don't scrimp on cheap drill bits. Get good cobalt ones and buy lots.
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:26 AM
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I love my ¼" NOVA drill. I have the standard chuck and don't miss having a keyless one. I do like the fact that the NOVA is so compact. The keyless chuck may interfere in the tightest of spaces.

This little key holder makes a standard chuck a breeze. It's just a small file handle with a slot to accept the key and JB welded in.


PS-I can't image the Sioux being worth the extra cost...maybe in an industrial application where it's being used all day every day.
As far as I'm concerned, my NOVA was a great value. I'm almost done with my -7 sheet metal and it still runs like new.
The NOVA 90° drill is also a great drill
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:44 AM
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At the recommendation of the folks at Synergy Air, I purchased a "Texas Palm Drill, 1/4" with standard chuck from The Yard Store. I've used this for a couple of years now to nearly complete my RV-10, and it has been flawless. They also sell one with a keyless chuck if that is your preference. It's about half the price of the Sioux, which they also sell.

You can see their full variety of pneumatic drills at https://www.yardstore.com/pneumatic-...istol-grip/new
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:23 PM
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At the recommendation of the folks at Synergy Air, I purchased a "Texas Palm Drill, 1/4" with standard chuck from The Yard Store. I've used this for a couple of years now to nearly complete my RV-10, and it has been flawless. They also sell one with a keyless chuck if that is your preference. It's about half the price of the Sioux, which they also sell.

You can see their full variety of pneumatic drills at https://www.yardstore.com/pneumatic-...istol-grip/new
When I was at Synergy they recommended the NOVA...both drills must be good
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Old 12-30-2018, 01:05 PM
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When I was at Synergy they recommended the NOVA...both drills must be good
They kinda look like the same thing from the pictures.
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:30 PM
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And Pan American Tool has an excellent warranty. My angle drill was about 20 years old and the gear stripped and they repaired it at no cost. I could not believe it. The repair man Phil, I do believe his name was said the parts and labor were so little that he did not bother billing me as the PR would be worth more so here I am sharing my experience with Pan American.
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Old 12-30-2018, 03:50 PM
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Default Nova drill

I have the nova 4K rpm drill with the keyless chuck. Part #60-310B. I love it and have zero complaints. Been using it 2 years now and it has been fantastic. I highly recommend them.

I do not have any experience with Sioux so can't give an opinion between the two.
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:30 PM
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I have a Nova 4000rpm and 3200 rpm standard chuck and really enjoy both of them. Great products.
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