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    Quote Originally Posted by jz79 View Post
    she's a beauty!

    have you named her yet?
    Need a really sexy german first name, any suggestions ?

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    Frau Blücher -- (horse whinnies is the background)! (Props to Young Frankenstein)

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    How about Elise? Famous German name with the music to go with it


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaGTA View Post
    Of course there are questions:
    Nice looking machine, perhaps its the lighting but does not appear very shiny in the snaps.
    Any comment?

    I know that they (FPS) retained the 14 1/2 * pressure angle gearing for the spindle drive.
    Wondering if they retained the original Deckel designed needle roller bearing spindles.
    Can you tell us the top spindle speed?
    Is that machine setup to run "Aktive" on all three axis?
    Are the vertical "Box" ways hardened like the later FP-NC's?

    I would be somewhat skeptical of a "minimum" lubrication scheme for the ways, knowing what i see on originals machines having problems with
    the vertical ways....
    Way oil is relatively cheap, wondering why you thought this change was needed?

    Nice looking machine. Hope to see it in person when it is all settled in.
    Thanks for sharing.....Love to get a sense of how quiet she runs in top gear.
    Cheers Ross
    Ross,

    Per FPS:
    - machine does not have needle bearings, FPS regards these as no longer modern and too difficult to change, they are using shoulder bearings same as NC machines
    - guideways of machine are not hardened, FPS does not believe this is necessary for manual machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlfaGTA View Post
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    Are the vertical "Box" ways hardened like the later FP-NC's?

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    Are the vertical ways not dovetails?

    Also, why is that bearing on the overarm support so HUGE??

    Well, you know that you will, for sure, get a lot of envy vibes, but please post as much as possible. And, of course, enjoy this amazing machine!

    BR,
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    Quote Originally Posted by drcoelho View Post
    Need a really sexy german first name, any suggestions ?
    from what I've seen so far, she looks like Heidi to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanvg View Post
    Are the vertical ways not dovetails?

    Also, why is that bearing on the overarm support so HUGE??

    Well, you know that you will, for sure, get a lot of envy vibes, but please post as much as possible. And, of course, enjoy this amazing machine!

    BR,
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    I believe FPS decided to adopt the FP2/3/4 overarm support bearing as standard for all their new machines, thus the size. I'm pretty happy about the whole horizontal machining setup, it's got DIN 69871 tooling and very robust arbors and of course the heavy duty support bearing, should be able to move some chips.

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    Its all a compromise. Small support bearings require less material at the bottom of the support and hence give the ability to reach over the work and cut deeper with the same size cutter.
    Of course the larger bearing will provide better support, but uses up clearance ...
    This is precisely why most "American" pattern horizontals provided both a style "A" and style"B" arbor support with the appropriate bearing coupled with the correct arbor for each.

    Cheers Ross

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    Quote Originally Posted by drcoelho View Post
    I believe FPS decided to adopt the FP2/3/4 overarm support bearing as standard for all their new machines, thus the size. I'm pretty happy about the whole horizontal machining setup, it's got DIN 69871 tooling and very robust arbors and of course the heavy duty support bearing, should be able to move some chips.
    I think the overarm support on my FP2, be it the simple one or the attachment for the long-reach head have the same, relatively small bearing. I would say, by memory, around 20 mm or less.
    I guess this changed for the later, squared, machines, right?

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    Heidi is Swiss
    Proper German name would be Gretha

    Nice machine

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanvg View Post
    I think the overarm support on my FP2, be it the simple one or the attachment for the long-reach head have the same, relatively small bearing. I would say, by memory, around 20 mm or less.
    I guess this changed for the later, squared, machines, right?
    FPS is building machines that match the very last designs of Deckel, so yes, anything they build new will have almost identical specs to the squared style machines.

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    Here's the Indexing Head with Counter Support (more typically setup in vertical) along with the external tailstock:

    dscn2489.jpg

    Here's the Swivelling Fixed Table:

    dscn2513.jpg

    Here's the Swivelling Table with Indexing Attachment (e.g. Universal table):

    dscn2518.jpg

    Here's the Benz Tool Angle Head (SLIM WGX05 model) with custom FPS mount:

    dscn2529.jpg

    Here's the Benz Tool Angle Head (FLEX WDX05 model) with custom FPS mount:

    dscn2530.jpg

    Both Benz Tool Angle Heads accept modern ER collets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter from Holland View Post
    Heidi is Swiss
    Proper German name would be Gretha

    Nice machine

    Peter
    funny thing, I'm not well versed in German names, and I thought that Heidi has something to do with Swiss as well, then I looked up where FPS is located, saw that it is in the South, and thought to myself - ah, close enough (and wrote my suggestion)

    P.S. sorry for OT


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