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Manufactured in Italy during the 1960s and 1970s by a company now known as Simplex Rapid, the AR5-E proved to a very popular grinder across Europe, In the UK sales were handled by an engineering supply company, Astra, and badged as such. In Europe and other parts of the world other names were used including Elite and Elite-GEMA – though usually with the prefix (or suffix) AR5-E in the title as well. It was developed from earlier versions (ones known include the AR5-C on a cast-iron stand) and was part of a family of “Universal” grinders, the AFC-2 through to AFC-5 Check the

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