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Choosing to work with the wrong portable workbench could cost you your sanity.
Having the right portable workbench at your disposal can make your work project go a hell of lot easier, making it a pleasure to work with.
It can become a chore choosing the right one with so many options on the market today.
We have made picking the right one easy. By laying out the most popular ones at different price points.
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The Best Portable Workbench (with reviews)
Below is a list of the best portable workbenches we found on the market today. Let us know if you think any other products should make the list!
1. WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Work Table
Not so Good
Our best pick has to go the Worx Pegasus. This workbench gained popularity over the last few years to become a best seller – and rightly so.
It provides everything most people would ask for in a folding workbench, especially the key points:
- Large working surface
- Simple and quick to set up & close
- Ton of extra features
If you’re someone who plans to make use of a folding workbench, then make this a strong consideration. It’s cheaper than some other top end Workmates, with added extra features.
2. Keter Folding Work Station Workbench
Not so Good
Our pick of the bunch has to be both of the Keter portable workbenches. The main characteristic of these models is that they fold into a very compact case which you can store in tight places anywhere around the house.
The price difference is due to the adjustable version has extendable legs which give the table more height when required. This allows for an extra 6 inches, in 2-inch increments.
3. Black & Decker WM125 Workmate Workbench
Not so Good
The Black & Decker WM125 Workmate would be our runner up choice as it makes excellent all round value. It is a different type of workbench, compared to the Keter, as it has adjustable jaws to grip whatever item you are working on. The best thing about this model is that it allows you to work on things vertically as well.
Although the manufacturer labelled it as heavy duty folding workbench, reviewers have contradicted this claim and only recommend it for light to medium duty type of work.
This may not be the pick of a handyman working on a whole house project, however, it is still pretty good for people with specific needs, hobbies, and small projects. Yet it is recommended as being suitable for novices even by experienced reviewers.
4. Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center Workbench
Not so Good
It was a close call between the Kreg and Worx portable workbenches as they are very similar, however the only reason we didn’t give it to the Kreg was because of the price and weight. Other than they both provide an excellent workbench for the modern worker.
5. Black & Decker WM1000 Workmate Workbench
Not so Good
Overall this portable workbench is both sturdy and compact. The work surface is made of bamboo and you can turn it into a clamping mechanism when the project requires it.
It is a highly versatile work table which allows for a wide range of projects to be carried out with great ease. It has a reliable structure and a solid built. It really deserves the heavy duty feature as it allows ample projects to be done.
6. Black & Decker WM425 Workmate Workbench
Not so Good
The Black & Decker WM425 Workmate folding workbench is on the higher end in terms of price, however, the good thing about the Black & Decker WM425 is that you can use the top as a vice or as a workstation, as the jaws are wide enough to allow it.
It is the perfect mix between a space saving item and fantastic features that let you work on bigger projects. This takes the model out of the hobby and novice categories and justifies the price.
7. Black & Decker WM225 Workmate Workbench
Not so Good
The WM225 Workmate workbench is mid-priced that is meant to be step up from the WM125 model. It is convenient to use, of good quality, solid built, and light weight. This is a product good for both DIY beginners.
8. Performance Tool W54025 Portable Workbench
Not so Good
An alternative to the WM125 is the Performance Tool W54025 portable workbench. This is a reliable workbench; it is foldable, and it is sold a low price point.
As far as built goes, this is a minimum requirement, minimum investment workbench. It does its job with basics like stamped metal and plastic parts. It is good for the money you pay for it and nothing more. This is a simple case of what you see is what you get.
Worx Pegasus vs Keter
The Worx Pegasus and Keter workbench offer a similar product, however, there are some key differences within some of the differences we think are worth noting…
- The Worx is taller by about 2 inches which can make a difference to some taller people over 6ft, especially as users have mentioned this in the reviews. However, having said that, the Keter does offer a more expensive version with extendable legs but at a reduced weight load capacity.
- The Worx is slightly more expensive compared the Keter. Around about $20 difference.
- The Worx has a slightly larger working surface vs the Keter.
- Keter surface = 33″ x 21″
- Worx surface = 31″ x 25″
- Keter has a much heavier workload of 1000 lb compared to Worx’s 300 lb max load.
- Worx has a larger clamping capacity compared to the Keter, and can also be used on both sides. Where as the Keter can only be used from one side of the table.
- Worx allows to connect multiple tables together if you have 2 of more which helps extend the length of the working surface – The Keter does not have this feature.
- The Worx workbench has the option to work as saw horse as well as a work table thanks to the folding sides.
Overall, for most people, the Worx weight capacity is more than enough and has more features than the Keter. However if you need that extra weight capacity and can do without the extra features then the Keter may provide you with better value.
Kreg vs Worx
The main differences between the Worx Pegasus vs Kreg kws1000 is the weight and price of both models.
The Worx weighs 15lbs less than the Kreg thanks to the high impact plastic material, where as the Kreg uses a metal construction. Some people may prefer the heavier metal feel, however we value the weight making it easier to carry around.
The Work also costs around $40 less which is quite a huge saving considering there is not much between these.
For these two main reasons we decided the Worx provides the best value and would be our pick between the two.
It is no longer wise to choose a portable workbench you want to work on intensively based on one factor alone. This factor may be the brand you trust in, a price you expect to reflect a model’s specifications or the quality of the work table as resulting from its build.
The best way to pick a workbench is to choose a mix of specs you decide on, starting from your needs. Keter has put some great products on the market, yet Black & Decker, with their famous Workmate, are still a name to be reckoned with and their jawed grips are a great feature. The performance is a segment in itself, offering the basic product for a decent price.
You can look at this purchase as an investment, or you can see it as a trial. The good news is that you have a lot to choose from in all areas. You have a wide price range – $ 30 – $ 150, a wide weight load range – 200 pounds to 1000 pounds, different folding mechanisms and different clamping systems at your disposal.
The important thing is to know what you are looking for and you will find the perfect match for you.
However, for us the best portable workbench award goes to the Worx Pegasus.