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      Fischer Lathes - Page 2

      Fischer Lathes Page 2

      Fischer were lathe makers based in the German town of Freital, in Saxonia. Inscribed on one of the older machine illustrated below - probably from the early 1920s - is the following legend:
      Fischer & Co. Komm Ges Speczialfabric fur Drehbanke Freital i. Sa. Other pre-WW2 machines have been found with: Fischer Spezialfarbik fr Drehmaschinen GmbH, Freital in Sachsen. After WW2, the town of Sachsen became part of the GDR (German Democratic Republic, the communist-controlled East Germany) and company's name was changed to VEB, a German abbreviation for Volkseigener Betrieb, the People's Enterprise, and became part of the WMW (Machine Tool Union) of the GDR.
      However, in common with many other manufactures who fled to the West,  the Fischer brand was also to be produced in West Germany, its name being joined with that of EWK (Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern) 

      Fischer were prolific manufacturers who offered a wide range of lathe - those made during the 1930s generally being available - as was the matching range from Colchester in the UK - with either all-geared or open flat-belt drive headstocks.
      Shown below are several examples of the Fischer lathe, including a dark green-painted Type KBS with a swing over the ways of approximately 15 inches and a distance between centres of 40 inches. The V-belt driven headstock incorporated a clutch with the six spindle-speeds selected by two levers, one on the front of the headstock and the other on top - the label on the headstock reading:
      Scalten-nur beim Auslant
      Umdr. der Arbeit ssp. pr. 1 min.
      Hebel Mit Vorgelege ohne Vorgelege
      Middle  26 151
      Bottom 47 273
      Top      84 490
      A basic translation would read:
      Let the lathe stop before changing gear and Lever with reduction gear and without reduction gears  Thus, the spindle-speed range ran from: 26, 47 and 84 r.p.m. in backgear and: 151, 273 and 490 r.p.m. in direct drive.
      A conventional tumble-reverse mechanism was incorporated inside the headstock casting and below the left-hand end of the headstock spindle; it drove down to a screwcutting gearbox with outputs to a leadscrew and a powershaft for sliding and surfacing feeds.
      Also shown is a nicely restored 1941 example; painted blue this is a well proportioned lathe with excellent detailing.
      If any reader has details of Fischer machine tools, the Fischer Company or Fischer advertising literature the writer would be pleased to hear from you.

      Fischer Model KBN 1

      A Fischer lathe of the 1950s

      Fischer Types KBNfk and KBNek

      Fischer Type KBH

      Fischer Type KBR

      Fischer Type KBS

      Fischer Type KBSnf

      Fischer Type KBSn

      Fischer Type KBU

      Fischer Type KBW

      Fischer Type KBS in a particularly long-bed version

      A beautifully preserved Fischer manufactured in 1941

      Fischer Lathes Page 2

      Fischer Lathes
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