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Their specialisation was leaf shutters, using the brand name “Compur”, an item widely used by leading manufactures including Hasselblad inside their “Type C” lenses. Deckel also developed the well-known and very successful bayonet lens mount for the Retina Reflex, Voigtlander Bessamatic and Ultramatic cameras – a design that held back, for a while, the invasion of the much cheaper, yet just-as-well-made, Japanese single-lens reflex.

Byand with demand for leaf shutters confined to a shrinking market, Zeiss who owned both Deckel and Alfred Gauthier, makers of Prontor shutters merged the two firms. Production continued until around when, due to a final catastrophic fall in demand, a halt was called.

Toolroom milling machine Deckel FP1 2102 Active

From the earliest days of the company Deckel were involved in the manufacture of machine tools, but these seem to have been, from the lack of contemporary advertising literature or in contemporary machine-tool trade journals, for use in their own factories.

Able to be traced back tothe very earliest examples of this versatile design were developed during the s and advertised by the factory simply as declel “FP”.

To distinguish these models from the later types it is now common to refer to them, unofficially, as the “Type F0”. This first design had a slender main column carrying a T-slotted vertical table on which could be mounted various pieces of dividing apparatus with, at the top, a horizontal flat-belt drive spindle able to be moved fore and aft by a screw thread. The machine was obviously intended mainly for the production of punch dies, the various accessories heavily promoted in the advertising literature all lending themselves to this specialised machining process.

This first models had its table feed driven by changewheels, with a longitudinal table travel of mm later mm and the direction and engagement of the table power feed left and right and up operated not by the familiar Deckel “stickshift”, but a little lever under the table for the longitudinal direction – and by another on the left-hand side of the machine for the up travel; the feed in the down direction was by handwheel only.

By the end of WW2, insome examples of the FP1 had been manufactured and, although by the late s Deckel had gained sufficient experience to manufacture other specialised machine tools for general distribution spurred on by the German re-armament programme camera shutters remained a mainstay of their business.

As late ason the 50th anniversary of the Company, the brochure was almost entirely devoted to camera-associated products – and it was not until the late s that production of machine tools expanded significantly. By the early s, and with the introduction of new versions of the FP1, FP2 and other high-quality milling machines and milling accessories, a new company was formed, separate from the shutter business, to take advantage of the rapidly expanding post-WW2 industrial market.

Results were impressive with, bysome 50, examples of the FP1 having been produced, together with many thousands of different models.

Other makers of the type were also active including Thielwith their superb Type 58 and other models, and Mahowho produced a range of machines bearing a startling similarity to the FP. With its ingenious, adaptable and versatile design, the Deckel leant itself to solving a multitude of machining problems, the secret dekel the type’s success being its ability to mount a number of different heads – horizontal, standard vertical, high-speed vertical and slotting – in combination with a variety of tables – plain, plain-tilting and compound swivelling.


All the heads could be driven backwards and forwards across the top of the main column to provide an f1 feed, while the tables bolted to a flat, vertical T-slotted table equipped with power longitudinal and vertical feeds. By juggling the choice of heads and tables, and utilising other accessories, a skilled technician was seldom defeated in his attempts to produce the most complex of milled and drilled components – and all to a very high standard of accuracy.

Emco Model F3 Belgium: Dsckel ” Master Toolmaker ” and the Ajax “00”, an import of uncertain decekl.

Should you come across any of these makes deckeel models all will provide “The Deckel Experience” – though you must bear in mind that spares are unlikely to be available and, being complex, finely-made mechanisms, they can be difficult and expensive to repair. This could be set by the operator to give 8 speeds in one direction or 4 forwards and 4 reverse. FP with maker’s countershaft drive Circa Note the very large micrometer dials and lack of fpp1 “Stickshift” table control lever and the first “stickshift” model is announced.

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The knob on the end of the long power-feed direction and engagement lever can be seen between the two speed-control handles on the right-hand face of the machine. Founded in Germany during the early years of the 20 th century, the Deckel Company’s machine-tool business grew out of their involvement with the camera industry. Deckel FP with dividing head mounted horizontally on right-angle bracket.

Deckel FP circa with vertical dividing head and overarm mounted. Vertical dividing head with 3-jaw chuck mounted. Universal swivel-base base on tight-angle arm. Dividing head on right-angle arm. Right-angle accessory table for the FP.

Toolroom milling machine Deckel FP1

A selection of punch tools made on the Deckel FP. Maker’s countershaft for the FP. FP with maker’s countershaft drive. Note the very large micrometer dials and lack of a “Stickshift” table control lever. Over the years the FP1 was to be built in four main versions, each easily distinguished: General Layout Constructed in an ingenious way, the layout of the spindle-drive system was both compact and effective: The chrome-nickel alloy spindle was case hardened and ran in bearings that provided both excellent support and an easy means of adjustment.

To solve the problem of how to drive the spindle when its housing was moved forwards and backwards to provide lateral travel to the cuttera long fixed gear was mounted parallel to and beneath it on the final-drive shaft and the upper gear allowed to slide along it. A word of warning for users of the English-made Alexander “Master Toolmaker” who might want to fit a Deckel head – the Alexander drive gear has a degree pressure angle whilst that of the Deckel is Besides normal horizontal and vertical milling operations, all models were available with a range of accessories to cover slotting, jig boring, jig grinding, spiral milling and punch milling.

In respect of these operations, an important part of the machine’s versatility was dictated by the multi-angle, swivelling and tilting table; with just the plain table in place, the miller remained very desirable, but it was not possible to enjoy, in full, all the FP1’s ingenious capabilities. Drive System for Head and Table Cleverly arranged so that the table-feed rates were completely independent of spindle speeds, the drive system on the Deckel began with a two-speed, 3-phase motor mounted at the back of the machine on an easily reached, completely open and height-adjustable cast-iron platform.


The table-feed gearbox was mounted inside the column, below the spindle-drive gears, and had eight speeds; used in conjunction with the two-speed motor this arrangement gave 16 rates of feed, the fastest of which, the makers suggested, was quick enough to use in place of a proper power “rapid-traverse”.

Whilst the rate of table feed was set by either pick-off gears or later two levers or a dial, on all versions except the prototypes the direction of movement was controlled by an unusual for a machine tool ball-handled rod, rather like a car gear-change lever – what the Americans would refer to as a “stickshift”.

The lever controlled the movement of the main “vertical table” through eight different directions – left, right, up, down and a further four combinations where, with both horizontal and vertical feeds engaged at once, the table would move diagonally at an angle of 45 degrees. The table feed screws were all precision ground, ran though large bronze nuts and were fitted with exceptionally clear, finely engraved satin-chrome finish micrometer dials. Built-in steel rulers were provided for each axis of movement which, in combination with holders to accept dial-test indicators and gauge blocks, allowed high-precision measurements by co-ordinates to be made, independent of the feed screw readings.

All table movements around mm longitudinally and mm vertically were fitted with automatic tripping stops with the upper one, to limit the table’s vertical rise, fitted with micrometer adjustment.

On the earliest model, to protect the table-drive mechanism against overloads, a shear pin was fitted hidden under a slip spring above the coolant pump.

All gears, and their shafts, both spindle and table drive, were hardened and ground-finished. The “Y” movement was, of course made by the head, the travel being in the order of mm. Heads Several types of vertical head and cutter supports were available: A simple Slotting Head was also listed.

The maximum clearance between spindle axis and inner face of the main column was 11 inches mm. Unfortunately, the head had exactly the same range of 16 speeds from 40 to rpm or 95 to r. To get round the problem Deckel offered an alternative head, the “High-speed”, powered by a 0. Fitted with a 40 INT nose the head could be swivelled 45 degrees either side of central and, because the unit was self-motorised and did not require connect to the horizontal spindle-mounted drive gear, the base was able to be made extra long to provide a useful 7.

Unfortunately, instead of equipping the High-speed head with a long-travel quill with fine-feed control, Deckel used the same annoyingly restricted unit from the standard head – a design decision that operator charged with the delicate handling of small cutters found most frustrating.