I bought a Dewalt folding workbench a while back, and continue to use it a lot. It’s easily recommendable, but with a catch – it’s not always easy to find in stores. But, good news – it looks like it’s in stock now, online and in some Home Depot.
There are a lot of things about Dewalt’s folding workbench that could be better. The large handle juts out when the table is open. The carrying handle could be more comfortable. The clamp slots are kinda useful, sometimes. You can’t adjust it on uneven ground.
But you know what? It’s sturdy, convenient, useful, and is highly portable.
I bought mine in-store, and for the same price – $69. The only time I ever see these folding workbenches in-store is this time of year, when a display is setup near Home Depot’s winter holiday tool deals gift center.
I guess I can understand why Dewalt doesn’t ship these year-round. They probably cost a small fortune to ship, and in-store the display takes up a lot of space This isn’t the kind of product that can easily slip onto a shelf in the Home Depot tool department. Maybe?
There’s a post on a deals forum that calls this a deal. It’s not a deal, this is the usual price. Online retailers bump the price up because its size and weight carry hefty shipping fees.
To revisit the title – is it time to buy a Dewalt folding worktable? Let me ask you a different question – do you want one? If the answer to this question is “yes,” then YES, definitely buy one now.
At the moment, Home Depot is offering free shipping and in-store pickup. My store is reporting inventory, but I didn’t see any on the sales floor when I stopped by today.
Maybe they’re saving it for Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend? In that case, you might want to order online – once these hit the sales floor they might not last long. Not because it’s a hot deal, but because it’s a hot product.
Or maybe it is a hot deal? Sorry, my workbench sees a lot of use but it really only comes across my online shopping radar once or twice a year – for the winter holidays and maybe just before Father’s Day.
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Keter’s collapsible workbench is a little less expensive at $61. Plus, it comes with clamps.
If you need something a little more versatile, consider the Worx Pegasus.
Then there’s the Kreg project center, which is sturdy and more featured. It can do more, but costs quite a bit more though.
Bought the Dewalt for my son and the Keter for myself. I like both of them!
I highly recommend the Keter folding table. I have 2 of them and they are well built and very handy
They’re actually both Keter tables, so is the Husky with the router table insert. Just FYI.
Hehe whenever I see something plastic and we’ll made I assume it’s a rebadged meter untill I learn otherwise.
I haven’t seen any Stanley Black & Decker products made by Keter.
Are you saying this because it’s made in Israel and Keter products are also made in Israel? That’s not Keter, that’s Zag Industries, a Stanley Black & Decker company.
I have had the Keter version for about six months and use it constantly. Great design and very strong.
Got one last year when they appeared a bit later than the rest of the holiday sales at my HD. Had already spent a bit on tools and was reluctant to buy this. Looking back, I can’t imagine why I was hesitating. This table is strong and versatile and is one of the handiest things to have and use.
I think Home Depot sells the folding Husky X worktables year round. Been using a pair for a decade or so, maybe even since they came out. Don’t know why having the Dewalt thing in stock would be any different.
Update. Seems the Husky X-Workhorse was discontinued, sadly enough, would have picked up another two for future proofing, had I known.
The action on it is great, but it’s not versatile enough to justify the price point for me. Really ALL portable workbenches and sawhorses are outrageous gouges.
The Rigid plastic sawhorses (with the short 2×4 mounted to it) is brilliant: simultaneous individually adjustable legs, and you can trigger it with your foot whilst supporting the load. Brilliant! But….$50 for ONE, and it’s still chintsy plastic.
If Dewalt knocked these tables down to $40 or $45, they’d get their name into everyone’s kits, and maybe fight back a bit of the “overpriced” stigma. Then do a premium one with clamps n such in the $120ish range. I want to see em be innovative though. If you’re going to copy an existing design, give it that one extra bump that makes it worth showing off… And people will gladly fork over the premium cash.
My local home depot always has them in stock, and it never has gone on sale at a lower price. Great table because of how quickly it deploys. I use it for sheet metal work on the job site.
When I was in the portable workbench market this is the table I settled on. The one thing I’ll note, is that the table top is plastic and the sides have this weird honey-comb type structure. Absolutely do not get this shipped – I had two from Home Depot arrive damaged (multiple honey-comb portions cracked) in addition to the top of the table deformed to the point where something wouldn’t be able to lay level across. The first package was just the table in a cardboard box with no protective padding, UPS had a field day with that one. The second table just had a label slapped on the actual table without packaging — you can imagine what condition that one arrived in. Please, please, please save yourself the frustration of getting one shipped.
I went to three different Home Depots, all of which had ~5 in stock. I only found one table that wasn’t majorly damaged in some capacity and that’s the one in my garage. Really take your time inspecting these. Set them up, and give them a 360.
I think it’s a great table for what it is, but definitely do your due diligence and make sure you’re not buying something that’s already damaged.
BTW, I use the Kreg bench dogs with this table and they fit perfectly.
if it can’t handle shipping, no way can it handle the jobsite I note
Although it lacks many of the features of its competitors, B&D’s Workmate sees the most use in my shop. Sometimes a single motion can set it standing in position, and usually an effortless lift of the table collapses the legs underneath.
For the past year I’ve found the Worx Pegasus clumsy and awkard in comparison. That Dewalt model looks like it suffers from the same compromises of Pegsus: thick plastic to gain rigidity that feels too cumbersome at times, too much fiddling to lock and unlock struts. The plastic ribs that form compartments under the table top trap saw dust, requiring addition attention to clean.
I have the Kreg one. The multiple clamp options are very handy.
However it has one major flaw. When fully extended into table mode, the surface is NOT flat.
The fold point for the two tables is the T-Track in the middle. The supports for the tables (black rectangles in the picture) lock into holes in the legs. This is pretty strong, but not precise enough to ensure that the two sides of the table are completely even. So if you lay a piece across the table, it will wobble.
I can second that. I bought another Festool MFT (sold my first one with most of my shop) after one day with the Kreg. It’s good and solid for most other tasks, however.
These (first one in the article) are being sold in Europe as Stanley folding work tables. Currently have two of them, portable and fairly sturdy and fold up nicely for on site work. They are a not more expensive over here but still good value for the money.
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I have the Worx table. No complaints. It has been a good work table for the last 3 years.
I don’t see what the use case is? For the money and 15 minutes I can make 2 saw horses and a bigger, more useful, table. Heavier granted, but these things are so flimsy, and so small, as to be impractical I’ve found.
I bought a couple of the Husky collapsible router tables, and I like them, but in truth they never get used for the above reasons.
It was time for me to get one, In fact I got two to add to the two I have. I use them when making cabinets. Me and my helper comment every time we set up that we wish we had two more. Seems they only sell them this time of year. I made sure I got a pair. They are very sturdy, set up very easy and store in my tool trailer very well.
Keter also sells the same collapsing work table with height adjustable legs. I have one and it’s perhaps the most versatile tool in my shop.
I know it’s more expensive, but I would prefer a couple of Toughbuilt Model C700 Saw Horses, and a tabletop. In fact, using the Saw Horses, you can custom build a tabletop you can store the Saw Horses in when you fold it up, and install proper carrying handles in the lip on both sides. You can even customize that tabletop to hold things like a dust extractor vent, and clamping jigs. Maybe even a custom Saw station.
What you can build for what you need to support, is far more useful than products they make with a bunch of features they threw against a wall, hoping enough features would stick for everyone to want one. But there’s something to be said about really sturdy, very basic, universally adaptable objects you can use as the basis of all your real usage needs.