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Makers of "Bench Precision" Lathes

- plain-turning lathes intended for toolmaking

and light production work -

 

Links on lathes.co.uk to some makers of plain-turning, precision bench lathes from America, England, Germany, France,
Italy, Japan and Switzerland. These lathes all lacked conventional screwcutting by a changewheel-driven leadscrew (though
some had, as an option, a screwcutting feed to the top slide)
and could be fitted up in three ways: with a screw-feed compound slide rest as a lathe for use by a toolmaker doing essentially
simple but very accurate one-off work; as a “second-operation” lathe equipped, usually, with the slide rest and tailstock fitted
with lever operation and, finally, as a full-blown production lathe in which case the usual fitting would have been a
bed-mounted indexing capstan unit and lever operation of the collet closer. However, depending upon the job in hand,
any combination of parts could be used and the so lathe’s versatility best exploited. Of course, exceptions did exist with some makers,
including Boley and Lorch, offering plain-turning versions of otherwise screwcutting
models while others, such as Schaublin, always distinguished between the types and had dedicated models for each application.
Sometimes the distinction between a genuine, high-class plain-turning precision lathe and one made less expensively
for the amatuer market can be hard to determine.


America
http://www.lathes.co.uk/ames
http://www.lathes.co.uk/bottum
http://www.lathes.co.uk/cataract
http://www.lathes.co.uk/derbyshire
http://www.lathes.co.uk/elgin
http://www.lathes.co.uk/hardinge
http://www.lathes.co.uk/hjorth
http://www.lathes.co.uk/levin
http://www.lathes.co.uk/pearce
http://www.lathes.co.uk/potter
http://www.lathes.co.uk/pratt&whitney
http://www.lathes.co.uk/remington
http://www.lathes.co.uk/rivett
http://www.lathes.co.uk/sloan&chace
http://www.lathes.co.uk/stark
http://www.lathes.co.uk/UND
http://www.lathes.co.uk/vannorman
http://www.lathes.co.uk/wade
http://www.lathes.co.uk/waltham

Of other known US makers few details survive,
these including: Ballou (sometimes found badged as
 "Waterhouse Electric & Mfg. Co.), Ballou & Whitcombe,
Engineering Appliance Co. (Jamestown, N.Y.), Sawyer Watch Tool Co.,
Fenn-Sadler. and the "Cosa Corporation of New York"

England
http://www.lathes.co.uk/benson
http://www.lathes.co.uk/BWC
http://www.lathes.co.uk/beswick (C.H. Joyce)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/claudiusash
http://www.lathes.co.uk/cromwell
http://www.lathes.co.uk/CVA/page2.html
http://www.lathes.co.uk/george-adams
http://www.lathes.co.uk/holbrook
http://www.lathes.co.uk/pultra/page9.html
http://www.lathes.co.uk/smart-and-brown-model-L
http://www.lathes.co.uk/stedall
http://www.lathes.co.uk/vidal
http://www.lathes.co.uk/woodhouse-mitchell-precision/

France
http://www.lathes.co.uk/amsa (?)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/cmd (?)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/crouzet/page3.html
http://www.lathes.co.uk/jenny
http://www.lathes.co.uk/marf
http://www.lathes.co.uk/precis
http://www.lathes.co.uk/prudor
http://www.lathes.co.uk/sombv
http://www.lathes.co.uk/codima/
JCH – no details yet…


Germany
http://www.lathes.co.uk/Lorch (Lorch Schmidt)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/auerbach
http://www.lathes.co.uk/benzinger
http://www.lathes.co.uk/boley
http://www.lathes.co.uk/hommel
http://www.lathes.co.uk/karger
http://www.lathes.co.uk/leinen/page3.html
http://www.lathes.co.uk/pittler
http://www.lathes.co.uk/rambold
http://www.lathes.co.uk/rebmann
http://www.lathes.co.uk/saacke
http://www.lathes.co.uk/saupe
http://www.lathes.co.uk/see (FSB)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/scherzinger
http://www.lathes.co.uk/unispan
http://www.lathes.co.uk/weiler/page3.html
http://www.lathes.co.uk/weisser
http://www.lathes.co.uk/wolfjahn/page4.html
CZH - of unknown origin, though possibly from the former East Germany

http://www.lathes.co.uk/unknown141Clearly German but of an unknown make

Italy
http://www.lathes.co.uk/Ariston
http://www.lathes.co.uk/OMMP
http://www.lathes.co.uk/panerai-figli
http://www.lathes.co.uk/unitor (really a watchmaker's lathe)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/mentor-T.N.360
http://www.lathes.co.uk/cabiati-mario

Japan
http://www.lathes.co.uk/riken
http://www.lathes.co.uk/toyo

Switzerland
http://www.lathes.co.uk/agathon
http://www.lathes.co.uk/brequet
http://www.lathes.co.uk/carstens (branded "Swisten" in the UK)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/dan (Christen)
http://www.lathes.co.uk/habegger
http://www.lathes.co.uk/juvenia
http://www.lathes.co.uk/lamercier
http://www.lathes.co.uk/mikron
http://www.lathes.co.uk/schaublin
http://www.lathes.co.uk/simonet