I saw the 1617 EVSPK kit for about $160 earlier today. Can't recall where.
No question the 1617 is great, but for the table, I really prefer the Triton TRA001 for the table. It costs about the same as just a lift for the 1617. It's too heavy for freehand work for me, so I have 1617s for that purpose. The Triton has a full 1 hp over the Bosch.
I have a WEN hanging air filter in my shop and another in my garage shop. Very inexpensive (one was $99 at Walmart on sale), but exactly the same specks and unit as the Griz. About a third the price of the Jet, which has a bigger case, but same size motor, filters, etc. Has a remote to set lenght of run and fan speed. Works well.
Sorry to hear about the course. We have a big problem going to give courses in Canada. NAFTA is an expensive and tricky obstacle, even though we're the only ones consulting in the specialty in the whole world. We're not doing anyone out of a job. (sore subject)
Take a look at the Shark Guard or an overarm DC collector, anything to do with reducing stray sawdust is a good thing. Keep the rest tucked away or you'll spend it and it'll be gone when you find that perfect item.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.