A couple new tools recently have added to my appreciation of lightweight,
because they aren't.
My Ryobi 13" planer started the awakening, as this "portable" models weighs
over 100 pounds. Last week, I got a benchtop Craftsman jointer with enough cast
iron in it to bring it up to 105 pounds, assembled and face planing osage
The thing is, with my current set-up, I have no space for individual stands, so
these get swung up onto the workbench for use (the planer sometimes get used on
the floor), which is a lot less fun than it used to be.
Both do a better job than any bench top tools I've had in the past, but
somewhere there should be a dividing line, maybe 60 pounds, for TRUE bench
"Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal."