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      1960s Factory Tour of the VDF Lathe Works
      Gebr. Boehringer, Heidenreich & Harbeck and H.Wohlenberg KGA

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      A similar "tour" of the American Hendey works can be found here

      "Vereinigte Drehbank Fabriken" (VDF) was a Post-WW2 organisation designed to assist the engineering and sales effort of a group of German machine-tool manufacturers including "Heidenreich & Harbeck, Hamburg", "Boehringer" and "Wohlenberg, Hannover". The organisation created a worldwide marketing operation with their office located in Frankfurt/Main - the exported lathes appearing to have been sold using either the maker's alone, or with just a VDF label - or, sometimes, with both a maker's and a VDF badge.
      The first move of the "Association" was to create a unified design of very high-quality lathe, designed
      Einheitsdrehbank, that was built in three sizes:
      E3 by Heidenreich & Harbeck, Hamburg
      E5 by Gebrder Wohlenberg, Gppingen
      E7 by H. Wohlenberg, Hannover
      Once in production, the "E" lathes were followed by the V Series, these having 20 mm added to the bottom of the E headstock casting followed by an increase of 60 mm to make the Type E3H.
      Many machines enjoyed what might be called a flexible specification, being built to a customer's specific requirements - one example being the basic versions intended for repetitive work on parts of limited size. These models were usually bereft of a tailstock and fitted with headstocks and feed gearboxes that had just four rates of speed and feed respectively - though the makers did offer to change this set-up if required. While strong, accurate lathes, they are obviously not as capable as the regular versions and are quite unsuited to general workshop tasks; in reality, few survive for, once worn out, they would have been scrapped. Many models were also offered with a choice of a plain bronze or roller front bearing, the former sometimes favoured by toolrooms where accuracy was considered more important than very high speeds. However, the only drawback to an older lathe fitted with plain bearings is the expense and difficulty of finding and then replacing them - a roller-bearing model is, in comparison, very much easier to keep running as bearings should be available off the shelf.
      The text and illustrations on this and the following five pages were first published during the early 1960s. Some VDF lathes are illustrated and described here

      High resolution pictures - may be slow to open




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      A similar "tour" of the American Hendey works can be found here

      lathes.co.uk
      1960s Factory Tour of the VDF Lathe Works
      Gebr. Boehringer, Heidenreich & Harbeck and H.Wohlenberg KGA
      email: tony@lathes.co.uk
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