Husky has come out with a new 60-inch 10-drawer ball bearing mobile workbench, model HOTC6010BB2M. This model will be sold alongside a near-identical Husky mobile workbench that’s already available in stores, HOLC6010BB1M.
I have a review sample of the first model, and like it a lot. This new Husky mobile workbench looks to build off of the same strengths, but throws in a few features.
The most obvious new feature is the addition of a pegboard back panel, but there are some small differences. I’m waiting to hear back from Husky about a few things, but I think there’s enough to talk about until then.
To start off it, there is a new pegboard back, but it doesn’t seem to affect the dimensions of the drawers or benchtop. You still get a 60″ x 24″ top, which is pretty darned good.
The drawers are a full 21.85″ deep, just like the ones on the other Husky 60″ mobile workbench. Let me tell you – my review sample has me spoiled, and I now have trouble working out of smaller boxes.
This is as full-sized as you can get. Well, at least at the consumer level. Maybe multiply the price a few times and there will be some more industrial-grade options.
Each drawer has a 100 lb load capacity, and are soft-closing. Each box comes with a full set of precut drawer liners.
There’s a strong steel tubular handle on the side, which you can remove if you want to, and a power rail with 6 outlets and 2 USB charging ports.
There are locking caster wheels on both sides, which I expected, but those center casters look different. Looking at the product description – yep! – those are swivel casters too.
I have been testing several large boxes in recent months, each with 6 casters, and each with 2 non-swivel casters at the center. It’s not hard to move such tool cabinets back and forth, but it’s eventually going to wear those wheels.
Having 6 caster wheels should give this bench a lot more mobility, whether you’re moving the bench into position between shelves or workbenches on a wall, or moving it around the middle of your workshop.
Sliding Pegboard Back
The pegboard is 22″ tall and can hold up to 200 pounds. It’s said to be height-adjustable and able to be lowered into 2 positions. It can be lowered, in case you need something to hang over the top.
Milwaukee’s mobile tool cabinet also has pegboard, with a vertical ball bearing slide system for lowering or raising the pegboard. It’s unclear whether the new Husky pegboard is lowered or raised in the same way.
On the new Husky workbench, the pegboard supports look to fasten on the side of the benchtop. Milwaukee’s supports are fastened to the benchtop.
Milwaukee’s pegboard and its associated lifting mechanism take up around 2″ depth, which is why the top is 22″ and the drawers 19.88″ deep.
This Husky box is said to be 26″ deep, which would suggest it does have a similar pegboard lift mechanism, or perhaps something different.
Husky throws in a 48″ pegboard shelf that can support up to 40 lbs.
Reversible Work Top?
In the product image you can see fasteners holding the benchtop down. Milwaukee’s has similar fasteners for their mobile workbench’s reversible top. So perhaps that’s another change brought to this new model.
I heard back from Husky about a few things:
The peg board and peg board hardware can be removed from the unit if you’d like to put it flush against the wall in the future.
The work surface is reversible/flipable on the new version with the peg board.
All drawers extend fully.
The Husky mobile workbench has a full 24″ depth.
I really like a lot about the current Husky 60″ mobile workbench, and a lot of those likes will apply to this new one.
First, you get a full-length drawer. It’s an ENORMOUS drawer, with internal dimensions of 55.65″ wide x 3.88″ tall x 21.85″ deep. But it’s plenty sturdy, thanks to a 3rd ball bearing slide that supports the mid-section.
That third drawer slide is an unexpected but elegant way to ensure the huge drawer is easy to open and close, even when loaded. I wouldn’t load this drawer full of my heaviest tools, though.
It’s rock-solid, but part of that is because it’s very heavy. The non-pegboard version weighs 440 lbs. This one weighs 451 lbs. But the metal is plenty solid, too. The frame is said to be made from 19 gauge steel, which is reasonably thick.
18 gauge steel would sound better on paper, but I’d hate to thick about what this would do to the cost, not to mention the weight.
That little cabinet is useful. I have mixed feelings about it, but it’s sometimes nice to have a bulk storage compartment that can fit random stuff that won’t hide away anywhere else.
Which would I buy?
This model, and the one without the pegboard, are both priced at $698. I can’t tell if there are any differences other than the ones I mentioned.
If the entire pegboard assembly is removable, so as to give the workbench a 24″ deep footprint rather than 26″, this model has the benefit of all-swivel casters.
If the top is removable or reversible, that’s another potential benefit, depending on your stance. Personally, I don’t care. If I mar up the surface of one of these workbenches really bad, I’ll sand it down and finish it. If I REALLY damage it all up, I’ll sand it down a little and then attach on a replaceable sacrificial top.
The 6 swivel casters on this model are very appealing. It might not seem like a big difference, and it might not be. With 2 fixed center casters, the other 60″ mobile workbench is still very mobile, and can be rotated and nudged front to back.
Moving the workbench into space between 2 other fixtures? Those 2 swiveling casters at the center are going to make your life easier. I guess? Having 4 swivel casters at the outside and 2 fixed casters at the center isn’t anything like smaller tool cabinets with 2 swivel casters at one end and 2 fixed casters at the other.
I really need to see this one in person before I can say for sure which I’d buy. Those 2″ at the rear of the workbench? Not a big deal if you’re pushing it up against a wall. But if you put the workbench elsewhere, it might be a downside, even if you have the pegboard lowered all the way.
There’s also the Milwaukee model to consider. Right now it’s priced at $598. It has a lot of the same features, and others, such as some useful M18 battery charger mounting holes and a shelf on the right side. There are two 26.69″ wide drawers at the top, with 3.89″ heights and 19.88″ depths.
The Milwaukee is also 2″ shallower. So you lose 2″ per drawer depth, and 2″ of benchtop depth.
You save $100 compared to the Husky boxes, but that 2″ drawer depth and benchtop depth difference isn’t insignificant.
The Milwaukee mobile workbench has its pluses, but I personally prefer the Husky. If the 60-inch Husky with no pegboard drops to $598, it’d be my preferred pick, even more so if the 2 fixed center casters are swapped for swivels.