A couple of months ago I stopped by Home Depot’s Spring preview at a studio space in NYC, and there was an interesting Husky mobile workcenter that had a height-adjustable worktop.
I wish I had pictures to share with you, but my son wiped me phone clean the other day with repeated password tries, triggering a factory reset.
I figured that maybe that mobile workbench, which I remember being told could still handle a lot of weight, might be up on the Home Depot site in time for Father’s Day, so I’ve been checking to see if I could find it. It’s not there yet, but I did come across a good-looking 52″ mobile workbench that I thought was post-worthy.
Home Depot carries a number of similar-looking Husky mobile workbenches in different sizes and with different drawer configurations. This, I believe, is the biggest one they offer, and also the one I found most appealing.
There’s also a stainless steel version (linked below) that looks a bit snazzier, but offers fewer drawers.
I recently saw a much smaller Husky workcenter at Home Depot, priced at around $150. It was as sturdy as I would expect for the price point. Their larger ones do cost more, but a lot of that cost seems to go into sturdier build quality, drawer slides, and better features.
Back to the point. While quite impressed with what I saw in the adjustable-height mobile workbench, I can only assume that the build quality of this 52-inch mobile workbench and storage center is comparable, seeing as it’s currently the largest and highest cost unit Husky makes.
I don’t think I have seen this model in stores. If you have – or you own it or another in the same product family – what do you think of it?
On paper, it offers a lot.
- 1-inch wood worktop
- 22″ deep worktop (52″ wide, or thereabouts)
- Drawer slides have 100 lb load ratings
- 21 gauge steel construction
- 5″ x 2″ casters
- Pegboard back is available separately
On paper, the 21 gauge steel construction could be a little thicker all around, but at least you know what you’re getting. If you feel that’s too light for you, and you want thicker sheet metal construction, up your budget and you’ll get more.
You get 11 drawers, including 1 full-length drawer, 8 single-slide drawers in what looks to be a 2:1 width configuration, and 2 deep drawers which have double slides.
The user reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with no mention I can find of the Husky mobile workcenter – not this one or the slightly smaller ones – being the least bit flimsy.
If you want to save money, the 9-drawer and 10-drawer configurations are quite a bit cheaper, but their drawers also have lower load ratings (75 lbs).
This type of product is typically a long-term investment. I would stick with the 11-drawer configuration mentioned here, since drawer quality can greatly affect the user experience. And if the drawer slides are slightly lesser, maybe the drawer construction is too.
Assuming that this is built to the same quality as the adjustable-height version I saw months ago, and my budget was set to around $500, I wouldn’t hesitate to put one in my own workshop. The positive user reviews give me confidence that I’d be happy with it.
If you’ve got a Husky mobile workbench, this one or a different size or style, what has your experience with it been like?