Does anyone know of a compound slide for a metal lathe which is also capable of precise ball turning? Answered
I have recently become interested in machining metal, and I am now looking at lathes to buy. However, the lathe I want does not come with a compound slide, which I consider to be a necessity for the types of things I want to make. Another necessity is a ball turner. Is there a compound slide with ball turning capability? If possible, I would like it to be able to cut convex and concave and also to use a small winding handle to control it's angle (like it uses to control cutting depth and position).
I have considered making my own, as I know I am unlikely to find something that exact, but milling isn't an option - I don't have access to a mill or the knowledge of how to use one.
I am willing to accept a quote for a custom made one, although my budget is limited (I'm 15).