The other Amann lathe known about is the maker's original 80 mm x 400 mm "Petit Tour De Précision Type A8". This, in its class, was a rather unusual concept being heavily built with an exceptionally wide, English-type flat-topped bed with narrow vertical guides for the saddle and a permanent gap in which material up to 260 mm in diameter could be turned. Bed and headstock were cast as one rigid part, the latter carrying a large diameter spindle, bored through 14 mm, running in bronze bearings lubricated through oil nipples and fitted with a 3-step, flat-belt-drive cone pulley. Drive came from a well-made countershaft mounted remotely behind the headstock, the maker's illustrations showing this being driven from a motor held beneath inside a braced sheet-metal stand. A number of surviving examples have been found on this stand, easily recognised by, on the left, a large door perforated with circular holes and, on the right, two full-depth drawers. It appears that at least two countershaft designs were made; one having a circular, trumpet-like base with no adjustment for belt tension, the other fitted with a swing-head. Unfortunately, slow-speed backgear was not fitted, nor does it appear possible that it could have been retrofitted, the result being that, while screwcutting was fitted, a beginner attempting it would have found the high spindle speeds difficult to cope with. Using a square-form thread, the leadscrew passed through a solid bronze nut bolted to the underside of the saddle; as the nut was not of the split type, disengagement of the carriage drive was arranged not by the usual simple lever-operated dog clutch - as used on virtually every other lathe with a full nut - but by the sliding the final drive gear in and out of engagement.
With a 3 mm pitch, the leadscrew was fitted with a handle at the tailstock end and driven through changewheels that incorporated a tumble-reverse mechanism. A set of nine gears was provided - 20, 25, 30, 30, 40, 40, 50, 50 and 60 teeth - intended to generate just metric pitches.
With long wings set to its right-hand side, the saddle carried an ordinary compound slide rest, the cross slide being of the short type and the top slide able to be swivelled through 360. The top slide had an unusual feature: the area upon which the "clog-heel" toolpost rested was machined as a circle rather than a square, some the writer struggles to record seeing on any other lathe. Feed screws had ordinary, 60° angle metric threads rather than the preferred Acme and were fitted with tiny, non-adjustable micrometer collars. Unfortunately, both the cross-slide ways and feed screw were left completely exposed to the wearing effects of swarf and dirt.
Cosmetically, the finish appears to have been rather like that used on the German Hommel - known as "craquellee" - a mottling, paint-splattering effect also seen on some examples of the English Haighton Cadet.
The little Amann would have been aimed at the same amateur market as the contemporary English EW - possibly the nearest lathe to it in terms of size and function, though of a very different design and construction. .