Crouzet Home Page Crouzet Milling Machine
One of a number of French-built high-quality plain-turning, "bench precision" lathes, the Crouzet joined a select group that included: the unusual S2F Cordima, Jenny, Precis, the very early triangular-bed Prudor, S.O.M.B.V. and the "JCH" that came from the Roanne, a small town to the northwest of Lyon (it's likely that they made a plain version of their unusual Type TG2).
Of an unknown model designation, the precision plain-turning 150 mm x 350 mm lathe Crouzet had a compound slide rest assembly closely modelled on Schaublin 102 practice. Carrying a plate stamped "1958" - which may have been its year of construction - the lathe was beautifully constructed with, a rigid boxed-in headstock and the roller-bearing supported spindle driven by a pulley overhung at its left-hand end. This simple method of construction must have saved the Company a good deal of money - and sacrificed nothing in the way of turning quality or speed range.
With a larger-than-usual centre height - witness the thick block under the compound and the tailstock sole plate - the bed was unusual for a plain lathe in having a flat top with the compound located by a plate bearing against the front vertical way, in the manner of a watch lathe. The tailstock, locked (most oddly) to the bed by a lever that passed vertically through a slot it the upper casting, was guided by a tennon between the bed ways.