and other WMW Union Borers
Mk.1 WMW Union Borers BFT63 & BFT80High-resolution pictures - may take time to open
Mk.2 WMW Union Borers BFT63 & BFT80 - below on this page
Mk.3 WMW Union Borers BFT63 & BFT80
Mk.1 WMW Union Borers BFT100, BFT125, BFP125, BFP160 & BFP200
WMW Union Borers BFT125/5 & BFP125/5
Mk.2 WMW Union Borers BFT100, BFT125, BFP125, BFP160 & BFP200
..other models to follow as time allows...
Made from the early 1950s until the 1980s, the WMW Union horizontal boring and milling machines were, for their capacity and strength, modestly priced and consequently exported in considerable numbers worldwide.
Beginning in the early 1950s, the range of machines was divided into two types: "Table" models (designated "BFT") where the complete, self-contained machine was built on a bed, and what were called "Floor" versions (designated "BFP") with these using the same main head and tail support units as the "BFT" but supplied with a variety of separate T-slotted tables that could be moved around as desired to accommodate large or awkward jobs.
Smallest and least expensive of the early range - and consequently one of the most popular models - was the table-type BFT63 together with its otherwise mechanically identical but larger-capacity brother, the BFT80. In addition, five other larger versions were also listed, the table models BFT100, BFT125 and the corresponding floor types the BFP125, BFP160 and BFP200. All the first (Mk.1) types can be recognised by exposed pulleys on top of the main column- with all models continuing to be steadily developed over the years and shown in the pages listed as hyperlinks above.
BFT63 and BFT80
BFT63 and BFT80 were to be built in three versions, a Mk.1 shown here and, rather more common, in two further very similar forms with the earlier of these, the Mk.2 shown below and recognisable by its lighter "rounded" end steady, and the lack of an Ammeter on the headstock. The later Mk.3 had an end steady of considerably greater mass with a distinctive flat top, the speeds and feeds chart moved from its previous position of the curved front face of the headstock to a rectangular plate on the long extension to the left and a number of minor alterations to the controls including, on most models, red knobs instead of black on the control handles - these alterations first appearing in a Union WMW catalogue during 1963. However, although the styling and some minor details might have changed, in virtually every other respect the two machines were identical in both their mechanical design and work capacity. In 1966 the BFT63 and BFT80 were both superseded by yet another pair of machines - again each being of the same design save for their capacity - the BFT80/2 and BFT 90/2..