I'm considering the best place to put my compact-sized woodworking equipment, as I am strapped for any reasonable room whatsoever.
My wife suggested I look at keeping the equipment in my enclsoed cargo trailer. She points out every piece I am considering is "compact" and light, so could be used "in place" in the trailer, or rolled or carried outdoors, where there is both more room and no concern about too much sawdust in the air! Since we live in a climate with winter nightly lows rarely below mid 30s, and daily worst case summer trailer interior highs of 110, AND the trailer is heated (only when I am there) by an electric baseboard heater, this is not as crazy as it first sounds.
I called SawStop and asked the sales rep if they see any corrosion problems or problems with the saw stopping system in low or high temperatures and with the humidity changes that can obviously occur in a space that is only heated (via generator) when I am actually there. The sales rep said that the only issue is that in very cold weather, the saw stopping system will not allow the saw to start up, until the removable cartridge gets a bit warmer via heating up the work space. She said that SawStop recommends an easy solution for this: store the cartridge separately in a heated space and simply pop it into place when you get to the trailer. Sounds reasonable.
She, and a local dealer rep, both told me that there will not be any corrosion issues, because the entire saw is either alloy, plastic, or powdercoated steel, except possibly the blade (depending on what blade material I use) which may need to be waxed or otherwise protected.
Ok, so how about a DeWalt DW735X planer, a Rockwell RK7866 combination belt & disc sander, and a Jet 17" drill press (I know the drill press is big and very heavy, but I need at least 4" of quill stroke)? Will they also handle big temperature and humidity swings without corrosion or other issues?
I know a lot of contractors store their equipment in trailers, but I wonder if the equipment is hurt by that. Hence the question.
Any of you with relevant experience are encouraged (begged) to respond!
I would really like to get back into woodworking, but the only two spaces that are available to me are the trailer and the house porch, and I think my wife might not accept sawdust on the porch wafting into the house, and coating the screens!
By the way, the trailer is insulated with foam on all its walls and the ceiling, so temperature changes are somewhat decelerated by the insulation.
Interesting tidbit for others with space constraints: the SawStop Jobsite saw actually takes LESS floor square footage when mounted on the cart (which you are forced to buy anyway) than when not mounted on the cart! THis is because the cart easily tilts to store the saw, and the 31.75" width is converted into 45" of height instead, the 28.75" saw depth is not increased by the attachment of the cart, and the 15.5" saw depth becomes 26.25" in "depth" when coupled with the cart, so the net footprint is actually smaller!