Husky recently sent over one of their adjustable height workbenches for review.
If you recall from my recent review of Husky’s 144-position ratchets, we are in a paid partnership with Husky and Home Depot, where they send over some tools for review consideration.
I was given a “menu” of several Husky tool suggestions, and on that list was Husky’s 72″ adjustable height workbench.
Benjamen posted about Husky’s similar workbench in the past when a new model came out, and while he seems to have had a very favorable opinion, I was still skeptical.
Where would I put a 72″ workbench? I asked about the 46″, and it turned out that the 52″ was in stock. With a please and a thank you, it was on the way.
I figure I’d set this up in the garage. No – the basement. Maybe it’ll be a nice compact workbench.
I finally decided it would go in the corner of the living room at least temporarily, until I cleaned up a proper workshop space for it.
It arrived in fantastic condition, protected with copious amounts of styrofoam, and with the components separated so as to not rattle around.
Assembly was pretty easy.
Actually, it went together way too easily. Surely I was doing something wrong? But no, it really was very nicely laid out and with great documentation.
I sat on the bench to see how stable it was when raised up a little, and my kids wanted a try too.
There are two things I don’t want to forget to mention – the bottom cross-brace can be positioned at the rear of the bench, or at the center. I like having options like that. Since I don’t intend to access it from both sides right now, I placed it at the rear.
The second thing – the bench comes with feet and casters. I opted for the leveling feet, but at some point if I move this to the garage, I’ll want it on its casters.
I typically work in my office, and then I have an older laptop for working in the living room. But, with everyone home, and no sign of that changing anytime soon, I put a computer in the living room.
Here I am now. I have an inexpensive leather desk pad I ordered at clearance pricing when buying a notebook cover, and plenty of space to work. This is far more comfortable than working on a laptop on the couch.
The desk is rock solid, and far more stable than I expected. I had anticipated some wobble, and was expecting to test it as a computer desk for a little bit before moving it to workshop duty.
I am one of those people that tend to notice everything. I bought a standing desk for my office last year, and the bamboo top has sharp corners all around. This table top? Smooth and nicely eased. It has been a pleasure to use so far.
The Husky workbench doesn’t shake when I type. It doesn’t wobble. It’s solid and excellent in every regard I could think of.
That standing desk I mentioned putting in my office? It replaced an Ikea desk that I’ve had for years. The table top that comes with this Husky workbench is thicker than both. Thicker means more mass and stability. Plus, I can modify (drill into) it more easily in the future if needed.
I haven’t raised it up and down too much yet, and I don’t plan to.
The big benefit of a height-adjustable workbench isn’t so much that you could raise and lower it all the time, but that you can dial in the height exactly where you want it, and easily.
My Gladiator workbenches adjust in 1″ increments. If you want to adjust it less than that, you need to play around with the casters.
I don’t know how, but this Husky bench feels sturdier than my Gladiator workbenches – both of the bamboo ones I bought and the hardwood samples they sent a while back.
If you need to make big adjustments with this Husky workbench, sone user reviews mention removing the knob and using a hex driver or the appropriate bit socket chucked into a drill.
The bench has a 300 lb weight capacity. Adjustment range is 26″ to 42″.
The quality of the work top is also nicer than I had expected.
This bench measures 52″ x 24″. I like this size. I put a 48″ desk in my office, replacing a massive 60″ long L-table. I think that 52″ is a nice size – large enough to not feel cramped, and small enough so as to not dominate a space.
I am extremely pleased with this Husky height-adjustable bench/table/desk, and am also glad I went with with the white color scheme.
It’s a solid-feeling workbench, but it doesn’t look like a workbench, and I am loving that.
I have been heavily considering buying another one, it’s that good.
The model shown here retails for $199. This table is available in 46″, 52″,62″, and 72″ sizes, in white and black finish options.
I have been trying to come up with a negative about the Husky table, but I’m still drawing a blank. You might argue “sure, it’s a good desk, but that’s less demanding than if it were used as a workbench,” and that might be true, but I am far less accepting of instabilities in this type of use. If it can handle my fidgeting as I type, and without bugging me – I’m easily distracted by things like a wobbling table – it can handle assembly tasks, precision work, or medium duty workshop tasks with ease.
Despite its 300 lb load rating, it feels far more stable than the larger and much higher-rated work tables I’ve used.
Oh, and the table top is supported about its center. This means that if or when it makes it to my garage workspace, I’ll be able to clamp things to it all-around.
I am loving it so far – thank you Husky!
As mentioned, this sample was provided as part of a paid partnership between ToolGuyd and Home Depot.