Something I’ve not seen at a show before (and in fact, can’t actually recall seeing them anywhere else for that matter), but there was a stand, promoting firework exhibitions.  Given that Guy Fawkes is almost upon us (still celebrated in NZ, and what’s more you can still buy firecrackers legally!) this stand was particularly fitting, though I doubt you could ever buy these fireworks for personal use!  More a bomb than a cracker!!!!

Another popular NZ pasttime was well represented- fishing.  This variant of a kontiki caught my eye, some serious overkill, used to achieve shore-based deep water fishing.

Of course, woodworking had representation there as well, including the sausage risking, blade destroying safety mechanisms.

That might be a familiar face to Australian wood show afficianados!  Or if you’ve been to a Carbatec demo evening. 😃

Auckland is the home stamping ground for one company of particular interest… Teknatool.

(No, that actually wasn’t the Teknatool stand, but it just had a lot of relevant gear for the photo!)

What Teknatool had to show, was their working prototype of the DVR drill press, which I have been desperately waiting for!  So I had a good play 😄

The digital variable reluctance drive is a 1.75HP motor with constant microprocessor sensing and control.

The drill press motor has depth sensing, load sensing and vibration sensing.  It can either stop normally (running down the motor by cutting power), or emergency stop, which uses electronic braking.

The motor is a direct drive of the spindle, and can run from 50RPM to 5500RPM.  It has a 6″ quill stroke, and 18″ swing (9″ from column).  It has intelligent speed selection, auto pilot hole, break through detection, and a tapping assist function.

The LCD screen provides a wealth of information- actual speed, depth, load, recommended speeds for different bit types, sizes and materials etc etc.  

There are 4 user-definable buttons that you can set to your preferred purpose.  This could be fwd/reverse, favourite speeds, or a commnly used menu item to name a few.

Now we just need Teknatool to turn this proposal & prototype into a production model!

I took the unit through a few demo runs- from lowest to highest RPM, and it was rock- steady. So little vibration or noise- it was a beautiful thing.

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