The stands fold up into a really small footprint. It's one of those things....when you need it; you need it! I hoisted a 900 lb lathe into the back of a truck a few weeks ago...it wasn't happening any other way.
My system? Well, it was such a long and expensive build that once I reached the top of the "mountain" I brewed a few times and kind of got bored with it. I ended up getting out of brewing for a few years and used the money from the sale to buy a few machine tools. I kinda got bitten by the "old iron" bug....finding the really old, really well built stuff and fixing it up. So, I've restored a few machines here and there, but I kind of missed brewing.
I'm getting ready to move so I had to downsize on some of the tools. The money was burning a hole in my pocket so I bought a sweet welder and some other stuff. Currently I'm working on restoring a milling machine and building a mobile "power station" that will provide 30A&50A single phase 220, plus 3 phase 220 for my tools.
As far as brewing, I got a few BRAND NEW MODDED KEGS
and have a 2-vessel system in the works...but haven't done much with it. I'm not really interested in going full-bore with the brewing like I used to...there are a LOT of other things I'm interested in....metalworking, knifemaking, gearmaking, gunsmithing to name a few.
I currently only have one batch aging....that'll be it until I move in May and get settled into the new house.