Strolling through Costco, I spotted a deal on a stainless steel rolling workbench. I’ve seen the Trinity 48″ workbench a few times before and never really thought about it, but a tool storage combo review has been on my mind for the past few weeks, so this time it caught my interest.
The price was $300, but it’s back to its regular price of $400 – still a good buy.
The workbench is made with “fingerprint resistant” stainless steel and has a 2200 lb weight capacity. It has 10 drawers — two of which run the entire length of the cart. The top is made from 1-1/2″ rubberwood (more about rubberwood below).
The workbench is 48″ wide (53″ with side handles), 19″ deep, and 37″ high. It rests on 5″x2″ casters – two are locking swivel casters, and two just swivel.
The drawers have aluminum pulls and include pre-cut liners. All of the drawers except the bottom one have a 100 lb weight capacity and the bottom 8.25″ deep drawer has 2 pairs of slides to give it a 200 lb capacity. The lock located top and center on the workbench secures all of the drawers.
This is one of the few products that Costco seems to sell both online and in stores. If you can buy it in-store you can save the $150 shipping and handling fee.
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One of the reasons I was excited about this workbench is that I’ve been looking at maple butcher blocks for a workbench build. When I was in the store I thought the top was a 1-1/2″ thick maple butcher block, but after reading about it on the Costco site I found out that it is rubberwood.
I’d never heard of rubberwood before, but evidently it’s a strong and cheap wood that’s used in furniture. It has an unfortunate name, so-called because its sap is used to make rubber. Sometimes it’s called Hevea. It is a sustainable hardwood that grows fast.
Looking at the Milwaukee workbench, that only has a 1″ (or 1.2″ depending on where you look) “hardwood” top. I’m not sure what hardwood it is, but if it was maple they would probably say so. So maybe rubberwood isn’t a deal killer.
The casters looked pretty heavy duty. They have similar locking mechanisms to the casters that come with Milwaukee and premium Husky cabinets.
I pulled out the drawers, and they seemed reasonably well constructed. The full width drawers extended fine, but they had a bit of side to side wobble. I don’t know if some weight in the drawers would fix that or not.
I’m actually on the fence about this workbench. I was planning on building a workbench and topping it with a maple butcher block top, to replace a few old kitchen cabinets that have been serving as a workbench in my garage.
It would probably cost me a lot less just to buy this workbench, and given Stuart’s experience with the storage efficiency of drawers you build yourself, the Trinity might be able to store more in the same space.