Jesse tipped us off about a new larger Husky mobile workbench (thanks!)
The new workbench is the third in their line of heavy duty feature-rich tool storage workbenches. The first Husky mobile workbench came out just last year, and another version, sporting a pegboard backwall and reviewed by Ben here, came out a few months ago.
This one looks very similar, but there are some very noticeable differences, in addition to it being larger.
First, it is larger, at 72″ long and 24″ deep, compared to the 60″ length of the other 2 models.
The next thing you might notice is that it has an adjustable height wood worktable top. This is not Husky’s first mobile workbench of this kind – they came out with a much smaller mobile workbench with adjustable top back in 2016.
This is what I said about the smaller adjustable-height mobile workbench, after checking it out at a Home Depot seasonal “show and tell” type preview event:
When I briefly demoed the Husky adjustable height workbench, I tested it for stability. This was a very sophisticated test, where I rocked the top back and forth to check for flex. While not rock-solid, it was more stable than I expected, and certainly stable enough for casual home use.
That workbench is 52″ long. This new one is 72″ long, and deeper too, at 24″ deep vs. 18.25″ deep. This makes the new mobile workbench around 82% larger, at least as far as length and depth are concerned. I can’t make any assumptions as to whether the same “more stable than I expected” claim to apply to this new version. There are some similarities in appearance, but I can only hope that the adjustable height mechanism was scaled up to properly accommodate the much larger top.
You might also notice that, compared to the 2 Husky 60″ mobile workbenches, the drawers are a little different.
The very long top drawer, full-width on the other models, is a little narrower here. The center drawers here are longer, as are the drawers on the right side. There are also drawers on the left side, taking the place of the 1-door tool cabinet found in the other models.
- Left bank: 16″ wide
- Center: 32.1″ wide
- Right: 16″ wide
- Larger drawer: 49.6″ wide x 5.1″ deep
The drawers are 21.8″ deep. In the right bank, the wide top drawer is now replaced by 2 shallower drawers. And as mentioned, all those right bank drawers are wider.
Similar to the upgrade that took place between the first 2 60″ workbenches, this new one also looks to feature 6 swivel casters – 2 fixed and 4 locking ones.
There’s a familiar-looking side handle on the right side – which might be switchable to the left side, it’s hard to tell – and a built-in power strip.
Interesting – the power strip is built into the side of the workbench vertically, not horizontally. Maybe the power strip is vertical so that it doesn’t interfere with the center-located lift post. Next to it is a 2-part screw-on cord wrap.
The power strip features 6 outlets, an on/off switch, and 2 USB charging ports.
- 100 lb load rating per drawer
- 200 lb load rating for the top long drawer and 3 bottom drawers
- Soft-closing drawers
- 1.2″ solid wood work surface
- 38″ to 48″ adjustable worktop height
- 6″ x 2″ casters
- Drawer liners are included
- 19 gauge steel construction
- Barrel key locking system
- Weighs ~567 lbs
- 2400 lbs total weight support capacity
There are 18 drawers in total, with all of the dimensions in the product listing.
Ooh, and get this – Workbench comes with fully assembled casters for customer convenience. Knowing how much of a struggle it can be to get the casters on a 5-foot workbench, this is definitely a nice touch. Maybe it’s expected when you pay over $1K for a rolling tool box
In case you’re worried about the adjustable top’s crank handle getting in the way, it is removable.
Buy Now(via Home Depot) – Currently unavailable, but we expect it to start shipping soon.
Downsides… hmm. I’m sure there’s at least one. Maybe the top isn’t rock-solid when fully assembled? But even if that’s the case, then you can lower it back down for heavy duty work. Isn’t it better to be able to raise a work surface if needed, than to not?
If you don’t quite need the adjustable top, you could remove the crank handle and leave it in its lowest position.
My local Home Depot’s don’t have this in stock, so I couldn’t check out the stability of the worktop.
With this being a higher-end Husky offering, aimed at the types of users who would and could spend $1100 on tool storage, I’m inclined to trust that Husky and their manufacturing partner did their due diligence to ensure that it performed as well as could be expected.
This is something that I’d want to see in person before buying. Hopefully Home Depot and Husky will put these on the sales floor for just that reason. But, given its size, that’s not guaranteed.
As for the drawer configuration, I don’t know if the long top drawer needs to be deeper. Perhaps that was done so that they can fit double pairs of slides, rather than 1 at each side and 1 underneath at the center. I’m happy to see that the right and left banks are a good size. And there are more shallow drawers than deep ones, making them more welcoming for hands tools than power tools.
Bye bye cabinet! The cabinet is… okay. Drawers are better, in my opinion, but drive up the cost. The inclusion of more drawers and absence of a cabinet space makes this look even more like a nothing-held-back model.
Boy, do I wish I had the space for one of these.