Choosing the best portable workbench for your workshop just got a little easier with our review and buyer’s guide of the Top 5 Best Portable Workbenches for woodworkers, crafters, and do-it-yourselfers. There are many of us who simply do not have space for a stationary workbench. In a situation like this having a portable, foldable workbench is almost a necessity.
I’m one of those whose workshop is small (12×10) so having a workbench I can fold out when needed, and fold-up for storage is important. In addition, having a portable workbench allows you to carry it outside so you can work on projects outside of the shop if needed.
Best Portable Workbench 2018
- 0.1 Best Portable Workbench 2018
- 0.2 Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
- 0.3 Kreg Mobile Project Center Video
- 0.4 Keter Folding Portable Workbench
- 0.5 WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Workbench
- 1 Disston 30140 Omnitable 4 in 1 Portable Work Bench
If you would rather not read this entire portable workbench review you can simply click on my pick for best portable workbench below. In my opinion, the Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center is durable, strong, and very versatile. It will make a fine addition to your workshop.
Let’s begin my review of the Top Best Portable Workbenches. We’ll begin with a review of our Top Pick the Kreg Workbench.
Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
So what makes the Kreg KWS1000 my top pick for the best portable workbench? For me, the Kreg workbench has lots of flexibility to as they call it multiple work modes.
The work modes available include the workbench, as a sawhorse, as an assembly table and/or clamping station. The load capacity is 350 pounds max.
This portable workbench fold down easily for quick storage and weighs 40 pounds. For some that might be a bit heavy making it difficult to move around. The work surface is 27.5 inches by 31.5 which is large enough for most projects or at least the projects I’ll be doing. The table support has locks with easy-release tabs and the hole pattern on the work surface accepts Kreg Bench Dogs and other accessories.
Underneath the table work surface is space to place tools or other things and the work surface itself has storage trays for nails, screws and other hardware.
The Kreg workbench is made of heavy-gauge steel which provides a solid foundation. You expand the work surface by pairing two benches together.
This workbench is not without its flaws. One major complaint is that the folding sides are not always level with each other. This can create a problem for some. For me, that’s not an issue since I intend to purchase two of these workbenches and extend the work surface with 3/4 plywood. Still, it is a flaw that you need to keep in mind if you buy one of these work tables. Other than that the majority of those who have purchased the KWS1000 really like it and have praised it quite a lot.
In summary, I consider the Kreg to be the best portable workbench in the $50 to $200 price range. You might disagree but for my needs, it fits the bill perfectly.
- Solid heavy-gauge steel construction
- Versatile work modes
- Easy to expand work surface
- Storage trays
- Heavy at 40 pounds
- Sleeve not always level (Kreg allows a 1/4-inch tolerance)
Kreg Mobile Project Center Video
In this video, you can see an excellent review of the Kreg Mobile Project Center. Take note of some of the safety precautions to tkae when using this portable workbench.
Keter Folding Portable Workbench
The Keter Portable Workbench is another notable contender in this space. One of the specs on this workbench is the loading capacity. It can hold up to 1,000 pounds, however, I just don’t see anyone, especially a hobbyist, need that much load capacity on a workbench.
The work surface on the Keter is 33.46 inches by 21.65 inches again a nice size work surface for most projects. The workbench weighs 30 pounds and it folds very compactly for easy mobility. The legs are made of stainless steel and the remainder is made of rugged polypropylene resin. The clamping system is sturdy and very usable.
It won’t peel, rust and resist cracking. It also won’t fade in the sun.
- Compact after folding
- 1,000 lbs capacity
- Build quality has been an issue for some
- Clamping system can be improved
- Table height to short for some
Overall the Keter portable workbench is a strong contender in this category. In my opinion, it is not as flexible as the Kreg but still, it is a good value at this price range.
WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Workbench
Another contender for best portable workbench is the WORX Pegasus portable workbench has a lot going for it. It is a compact workbench that can be folded to go just about anywhere. It is a light workbench at just 28 pounds. Once folded the WORX Pegasus is only 5-inches in depth.
The work surface on the WORX measures 31 inches by 25 inches.
The table can support up to 300 pounds and the sawhorse supports up to 1,000 pounds. The legs lock-up for stability. In addition, you get two Quick clamps, and 4 clamp dogs to help secure material to the work surface. It can connect to additional WORX modules to extend work surface.
- Clamps not very good
- No sturdy enough for hand sawing
- Beware of pinch point (ouch)
The WORX is a nice table that is suitable for most small workshops that don’t require a solid sturdy surface for hand such things as sawing by hand.
Disston 30140 Omnitable 4 in 1 Portable Work Bench
The Disston 30140 Portable Workbench is unique in that it serves 4 different functions in addition to the typical portable folding workbench.
The Omnitable is a workbench, dolly, scaffold, and floor creeper all in one compact, lightweight, and solid workbench.
This portable workbench only weights 27 lbs and has a weight capacity of 500 lbs. Nicely sized work surface approximately 37×18 inches.
The legs are adjustable as well.
- Workbench, dolly, scaffold, and floor creeper all-in-one
- Clamps not very good
- Build issues for some buyers
- The manufacturer does not sell replacement parts
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