Portable Workbench Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

There's nothing like a good quality portable workbench when it comes to extra workspace. The five best foldable workbenches compared and reviewed.

You can't beat a top quality portable workbench - something that works with you, wherever you are. We're not all bound to a static workshop and even when we are, an extra workbench will never go amiss.

Of the variety of brands on the current market, some really are suitably impressive and worth the initial investment - more so if you're stuck for an extra pair of hands or find yourself working outdoors in various locations.

The five best portable workbenches are featured below and all cover the same basic principles as you'll find in a standard garage workbench - easy to work with, reliable, quality manufacture and absolutely the best value for money.

Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse

This is the best selling portable workbench - though it's classed more as a workstation or clamping bench according to its product description. However - having used one, it's surprising how well it does when using it to cover all three bases - workbench, workstation and clamping bench.

It's impressively versatile, feels like a second pair of hands and is ultra portable and user friendly. It's a solid construction and extremely stable due to the tripod design, plus you can make use of the pre-drilled holes found in the legs and anchor it to the floor should you require a more permanent solution. The vise jaws extend up to 37" and it has an awesome one ton clamping force. Packed with features, impressive - a flexible workstation/bench that's top of its class and well worth the price tag.

Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse

When you have a job to do that requires a second set of hands, you can turn to the Rockwell Jawhorse portable workstation clamping system. Whether you're sheetrocking, setting ...

$229.99  $150.00

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Skil 3100-12 X-Bench Workstation

This si the best selling true portable workbench and incorporates a lot of handy features. The surface is a tough as nails MDF manufacture, and it includes 25" ruler marks for added versatility. The legs are solid, constructed out steel and come with rubber feet and can bbe adjusted between 24" and 34". The table top also includes a universal steel insert which allows you tocreate a variety of different uses.

It's also a folding workbench - it's a simply task to fold and transport the Skil 3100 to and from work areas or between environments.

Skil 3100-12 X-Bench Workstation

The X Bench offers an innovative cut channel that allows quick and easy cutting of material. The table collapses and folds in half for ease of transportation and storage. The ...

Only $251.98

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Black & Decker WM425 Workmate 425-550 Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench

This is the well known Black and Decker Workmate - and one of the most popular, long standing portable workbenches over the last few years. It's not every one's favorite - but it is one of mine. It's solid, it's reliable and to be fair - it's built by one of the best power tool manufactures know to most professionals.

Black and Decker know a thing or two about the world of construction and the workmate is no exception when it comes to design and build quality. The framework is heavy duty steel - built to last. It's got an incredibly impressive one handed clamping system .- which really works. You can use it as a workbench, workstation, saw horse, a vise, somewhere to lay your tools and the extra block and swivel pegs add to its awesome versatility. This is your ultimate flexible workbench - and at its current price, it wants buying.

Black & Decker WM425 Workmate 425 550-Pound Capacity Portable Workbench

The Black & Decker Workmate project center might just be the item you need to make your home shop complete. Its versatility makes it an especially ideal choice for those with ...

$178.06  $103.56

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Vika 2-in-1 Workbench and Scaffold

This is the best all-round entry level portable workbench. It's fantastic for a variety of different uses - crafting, home improvements, lightweight industry construction and much more. The surface area is big enough for a variety of tasks plus it feels incredibly solid and stable.

It also doubles up as a scaffolding platform - it's more than stable enough to provide a usable elevated small scaffold and the anti slip surface adds to the safety aspect. The legs are aluminum, telescopic and powder coated. This is a rigid fully portable workstation and for the price - you won't find a better example.

Vika 2-in-1 Workbench and Scaffold - Model# 21010

The VIKA Twofold is an extremely versatile 2-in-1 Workbench and Scaffold that will be at the center of all your projects. Its a strong stable work platform that youll use for ...

Only $149.99

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Performance W54025 Multi-Purpose Workbench

If you want the best of the cheapest portable workbenches, then this is the one to purchase. It's a steal of a deal, less than thirty dollars and in all fairness - you do get a good bang for your buck. It's the one for those wanting to add some extra workspace to the garage, or for those than need a good quality, effective yet budget friendly workstation for crafting or light home improvements.

It's a foldable workbench, easy to transport and a breeze to store when not in use. It comes with a set of four bench dogs, which allow you to hold different pieces securely in place as you work on them. The surface has a grid, protractor and ruler measurements printed upon it and it even incorporates a tool storage rail that keeps a variety of tools in order. Overall a fine workbench, as cheap as it gets but fully functional, solid and stable. The one to buy if you're on a budget.

Wilmar (WLMW54025) Multi-Purpose Workbench

Folding design for compact storage Includes 4 bench dogs for odd shaped pieces Tabletop printed with grid, ruler and protractor for added convenience Includes tool storage ...

$44.49  $25.35

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Updated: 02/29/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
 
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Phil on 07/31/2013

Wow. After reading user reviews of products on Amazon, I cant believe what you are putting up here. New Workmates are flimsier then ever, the clamping action isnt as easy as before, cheap plastic parts, and shipped workmates damaged from insufficient packing. The reviews of the Wilmar point to many similar construction issues. Basically everyone and their mother wishes they could find 20 year old workmates, because those were solid.

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