A workable plan is coming together.
The SawStop is definitely the saw solution. It is a bit bigger than I would like overall, but the safety of that saw stopping technology is worth the size penalty to me. The features are fantastic. GREAT ergonomics, fast/easy use, and quality. Removing the cart it comes with, leaves the saw dimensions at 31.75” W x 28.75” D (26.63 if you disregard the crank handle that sticks out) x 15.5” high. The weight, at 79 lb, is fine.
The planer will be a DW734 versus the DW735, simply because it is both lighter (80 lb versus 92) and considerably smaller in "footprint" (17w x 24d x 21h versus 26.63"w x 23.75" with tables folded as far as possible x 14.5h). The smaller 12.5” capacity, single speed, manual versus auto cutterhead lock, and no thickness stops, are unimportant to my use, and the 734, unlike the 735, does include the feed tables as standard equipment!).
The combination belt/disc sander will be the Rockwell RK7866, which is 10.6”w x21.75”d x 12.6”h and weighs only 45 lb.
The arbor press will be a Jet AP-1 which is 5"w x 10.75"d x12"h and weighs only 27 lb. Its vertical clearance will handle the maximum 5" height I need, and its 1 ton capacity is more than enough.
So, so far the entire equipment package, before drill press, will fit onto a 59.25" x 26.63" footprint or benchtop, and the weight is only a total of 231 lb! This will fit into either the insulated trailer, or into an insulated & heated cabinet on the porch. In either location, the one tool being used at any point in time would simply be lifted onto either a portable foldable stand that can accommodate any of the 5 machines, OR, if on the porch, simply placed on top of the machine storage cabinet. It is of NO inconvenience to me to work this way one machine at a time.
A custom cabinet on the porch would need to only have an interior height of whatever height the drill press needs, and an INTERIOR footprint only larger than 59.25" x 26.63" by whatever footprint the drill press adds! This is surely practical (The porch is 90" x 127")
SO, THIS IS WHY the size and weight of the drill press are worth minimizing . . .
I am sooooo close now to having a workable plan.
If I reset my drill press requirements to the absolute minimums, in order to really minimize the weight and footprint, here's what they look like:
- Spindle stroke >= 3.25". The 3.25" versus 4" spindle stroke would necessitate some design limits on the toys I make.
- Enough power to drive a 1.5" Forstner bit into up to 1" of some very hard woods (Zebrawood, Padauk, Purpleheart, etc). The 1.5" diameter by 1" depth hole requirement is a VERY common occurrence in the toys I like to make
- Either step speeds or ideally fully variable speed, so I can optimize the rpm for any given material and size of hole to get high quality results
- Benchtop, not floor model, as I want it to fit into the storage cabinet if on the porch, or remain stably upright when in a moving trailer
- As low an overall height as possible, as the drill press will easily be the highest individual machine height, and therefor sets the height requirements for the storage cabinet or space.
- Weight no more than about 125 lb, and ideally as low as possible consistent with the above dimensional and power requirements, and overall quality.
These minimum specs are now what I will focus on.