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      FUCHS "Allianz" Universal Machine Tool

      The complete repair work-station in one machine is how Gustav Fuchs of Germany described their 1920s Universal machine Tool. Built onto the body of a quite ordinary backgeared and screwcutting lathe, the drill was positioned above the headstock - with the drive coming, presumably, from an extension to the lathe's countershaft drive - and the horizontal miller and shaper arranged in parallel formation at the tailstock end and sharing a table.
      Drive to the milling spindle came from either an extension to the leadscrew or from a shaft geared along side it, the overarm being carried (very simply) in a casting bolted to the bed ways. Quite how the shaper was driven is a mystery, and should provide the keener reader with a moment or two of distraction in trying to work it out?
      More interesting "Universal and Combination" machine tools are listed at the end of the alphabetical listing on the Archive Page


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