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      Morat Lathes

      Manufactured at Eisenbach  in the German Black Forest, the little Morat "Precision Bench Lathe" is little known outside its native country. Founded in 1912 the Franz Morat Company's main interest appears to have been gears and gear cutting, though they also advertised expertise in mass production, writing, computing and talking machines, optics, electrical matters and a range of specialised machine tools including their lathe - a machine contemporary with those from other German makers including G. Boley, Leinen and Wolf Jahn. Of the plain-turning precision type as invented by the American maker  Stark in 1862,  the lathe had a bed with one flat way at the front and a full-sized V at the back It is likely to have had a centre height of around 100 mm and have been able to take 300 mm between centres. Following convention, a very long-travel top slide was fitted - though as both the handle on this and the cross slide were of the old-fashioned "crank" type it is likely that this was an early model.
      A video in German, related to the Company, can be found here with, in shot, a gear-cutting machine used in the manufacture of clocks and watches. It's not known where the film was made, but possibly here.
      If Morat made other lathes is not know and, should any reader be able to shed further light on the Company, the writer would be delighted to hear from you.

      Wann Morat andere Drehmaschinen gebaut hat, ist nicht bekannt. Sollte der eine oder andere Leser in der Lage sein, ber das Unternehmen und dessen weitere Produkte Licht ins Dunkel zu bringen, wrde der Autor sich freuen, von Ihnen zu hren.



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