W & S calls most of their ram type TL's UNIVERSAL ....why ?
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    Default W & S calls most of their ram type TL's UNIVERSAL ....why ?

    Wondering why W & S calls most of their ram type TL's UNIVERSAL I guess I could see calling somthing with a cross sliding turret "universal" ...perhaps but a common mediun sized ram type #3 M-1200 and M-2200 #4 M-2240 ?

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    Perhaps to differentiate them from the #2 that has no carriage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mud View Post
    Perhaps to differentiate them from the #2 that has no carriage?
    The definitive answer is probably lost to history, but your thought is plausible.

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    OK yeah trying to see it from the historical perspective....that makes sense to me.....thanks

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    OK if found it...on the vintagemachinery.org repository of machine manuals , in Warner&Swaseys's most excellent publication

    "Getting the Most out of your Turret Lathe " page 17

    UNIVRSAL denotes powerfeed in four directions of the cross slide. Small turret lathes may have only hand feed cross slide and therefore are not classed as universal

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    From 1934 (another way of saying what is posted in Post #5)

    The distinctive feature of the No. 4 Universal Turret Lathe is the Universal cross slide carriage which provides power longitudinal feeds either left or right, and power cross feeds are also provided for either direction

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