At the AGM we discussed the purchase of a hand operated lathe and mill package with the grant money provided to us by the ACT Government.
My expected use case for such things is shafts and components for weird art bikes and robots: combat, printers, props, computer controlled camera cranes, etc. Maybe even faceplates for eurorack modules.
This thread is to consider options available to us with the understanding that if consensus isn’t reached by the end of June 3, we will go ahead with the purchase of the Sherline 6010 Lathe and Mill package which is $2549 USD (~$3,383 AUD) on the condition that we have a solid plan in place for keeping members safe (see the other thread).
Things to note about the 6010 package are the lathe is their longest model, the 4410 (Swing over bed: 90 mm, Swing over cross slide: 48 mm, Distance between centres: 430 mm) and the package does not include a compound slide for tapers (Accessory part 1280, $216 USD [~$286 AUD]) nor does it include the thread cutting attachment (Accessory part 3100, $235.14 USD [~$311 AUD]).
The thread cutting attachment would be a pretty high priority to add, the compound slide less so, but it’ll be good to know the price to compare it against other machines.
Please feel free to research other options and compile information about them here.