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Best Portable Workbench in 2019

best portable workbench
Written by Mike Hope

Last Updated: August 2019

Which Portable Workbench Should I Buy?

You have probably asked yourself this question a few times, and this is why you have visited popularpowertools.com. Like many other hobbyists, craftsmen, woodworkers, and professionals, you need a good portable workbench that can handle your style of work.

The portability, ease of storage, versatility and reliability are the main reason professionals use these style of workbenches. However, if you are finding it hard to choose a specific product. follow our best portable workbench in 2019 reviews that should help you find the answers to your questions. some look more stylish than others and some are more stable but may be a bit too heavy. Another, which is lightweight and portable, may not be suited for your heavy-duty work. A workbench is just as important as the tools as you can use it for almost all your projects. The best portable workbenches are a good option as you can fold them quickly and move them from one job site to the other.

Our reviews are based on easy folding, stability,durability,versatility, portability and simplicity. 

If you know what type of work bench you need then use the table below to find the work bench. If you want to look at the portable workbenches in more detail the carry on down and read our reviews.

Brand & Model
Owner Rating
5 Star Rating
Price
Keter Folding Compact Workbench
8.8 (3,900+ reviews)
87%
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WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Work Table and Sawhorse
9.6 (1200+ reviews)
97%
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Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center
9.0 (300+ reviews)
86%
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BLACK+DECKER BDST11000 Workmate Workbench
8.2 (500+ reviews)
76%
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BLACK+DECKER WM225-A Portable Project Center and Vise
7.8 (520+ reviews)
76%
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How to Buy the Best Portable Workbench?

A portable workbench is a must have for most craftsmen, woodworkers and professionals. It is one of the tools that you will use for most of you projects. There are  a lot of workbenches, work horse and workmates out there and we have a few things that you should consider before you go and buy the portable workbench that you require.

Table Top Size?

The table top size is the work area that you will get with the portable workbench. You need to consider the tasks that you do to help you decide if you need a large work area or a small work area. Are you making a few precision cuts at home as a DIYer, if so then a smaller work area should be ok. Do you take on bigger tasks or are you a professional. In this case I would recommend a larger work area. One thing to keep in mind is that the bigger the work area the more expensive the portable workbench tends to be.

Weight?

There are two things to consider when thinking about the weight, the first thing is the actual weight of the workbench as this is the weight you will be carrying around or transporting. Do you want to be lugging a big heavy workbench in and out of the garage or in and out of the work van?

If the workbench weighs too much then it will not be easy to manoeuvre and carry around from one job site to the next, even if it does fold to a nice compact size. The super light portable workbenches tend to be made from plastic and other light weight materials, this can have an impact on the weight capacity and this is the second point to consider.

The weight capacity of the Portable work bench can range from 200lb up to a 1000lb. You will need to take this into consideration when buying a portable workbench.

How easy is the workbench to assemble?

Do you have strict deadlines on a job or is the footie on later and you need to get the job done? You do not want to spend time trying to assemble a workbench every time you get it out to use it. The best portable workbench should not only be straightforward to assemble but should also come with directions and tools for the assembly. Most portable workbenches will not require any tools assembly as they are ready to use straight from the box which can be a very convenient. once the initial set up is done it should just fold away and pop straight back up when needed saving you time.

Clamps

Do you need clamps? If you are measuring, sanding or cutting your workpiece, you will be better off clamping it down so you can get the most accurate finishes and measurements. The best workbenches come with clamps and this eliminates the need to use external ones and can also help to speed up your tasks. One thing to check is that the quality of the clamp, is it the right size that you need and is it easy to adjust.

Stability/Strength

The best portable workbench should be stable enough to work on once you set it up. Stability makes tasks easier and the best workbench should have strong legs and a good solid work area. It should not wobble and ideally the legs should lock into place.

Our top 5 portable workbench reviews

 

Keter Folding Compact Workbench Sawhorse Work Table with Clamps 1000 lb Capacity

Keter portable workbench
  • Quick opening system
  • Sturdy carrying handle
  • Includes two adjustable holding clamps
  • Strong resin construction
  • Non-adjustable version has a weight limit of 1000lbs
  • Adjustable version has a weight limit of 700lbs
  • Extendable legs from 30.3″ to 34.2″
  • 2 year warranty

The Keter workbench folds into a compact case which is good for tight storage places. It has a quick opening system that allows you to open the work bench is less than 30 seconds and a sturdy carry handle.

Keter workbench has adjustable legs that can extend up to 6 inches and these are done in 2 inch increments. This workbench has a weight limit of 1000lb if the legs are not extended and 700lb if the legs are extended. The folding workbench will also work well as sawhorse and is also useful to use for painting and it has a couple of clamps that will help to keep your workpiece in place when sanding or cutting.

Pros:

  • Maximum weight capacity of 1,000lbs
  • Unique quick opening system
  • Weather-resistant materials
  • Durable steel legs

Cons:

  • Plastic base not as long lasting as metal ones
Weight26.9lb
Weight limit1000lb
Durability9.5
Price9.5

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WORX Pegasus Multi-Function Work Table and Sawhorse with Quick Clamps and Holding Pegs – WX051worx pegasus portable workbench

  • 300lb max load as worktable
  • 1000lb max load as a workhorse
  • Connects to additional models to extend
  • Includes 4 clamp dogs & 2 quick clamps
  • Quick-clamping mechanism
  • Easy to carry light weight design
  • Weighs 28lbs
  • 3 year warranty
Very highly rated. Ready to go straight out the box is the worx pegasus WX051. it is lightweight and has a solid design. There is a good size work surface of up to 725 square inches and comes with 2 quick clamps. This model is also very versatile as the table can convert into a sawhorse in seconds.  Clamps & pegs stay locked together when stored. It comes in a compact, lightweight and foldable design that makes it easy to carry from one worksite to the other. if you are using this as a work work table than it will hold a max weight load of 3oolb and if you are using it as a work horse it can hold up to 1000lb. This workbench can connect to other workbenches if you need a bigger working area. The connector can be purchased from the manufacturer. Also the legs will lock into place to provide added security.

Pros:

  • Versatile work area
  • No assembly required
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Legs lock for extra security

Cons:

  • You cannot clamp just any clamp as the underside is not flat.
  • No carry handle when closed.
Weight28lb
Weight limit1000lb
Durability9.5
Price9.5

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Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center

 Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center

  • 350 lbs max load
  • Weighs 40 lbs
  • Workbench & Sawhorse design
  • Connects to multiple tables
  • Second shelve for storage
  • Solid metal frame
  • Quick clamping

The Kreg KWS1000 is quite a pricy workbench but it could be worth the price tag as it offers a large work area and has a high-quality construction. it will connect to other tables from kreg. because of the high quality design it is quite heavy at 40lbs. You can use bench dogs from Kreg and many other brands on this work bench.The heavy-gauge steel legs provide a solid foundation. This work table will fold and unfold in seconds to make it simple and convenient to store and transport and set-up in different worksites.

Compared to the Worx it is 12lb heavier and more expensive. Can be difficult to carry around. There is known hazard when opening that it can pinch your hand. the clamps are loose and not locked in place when the table is folded.

Pros:

  • Folds down in seconds
  • storage tray
  • Highly versatile workbench
  • Heavy-gauge steel legs
  • Expandable work area

Cons:

  • Relatively pricey workbench
  • can pinch your hand when opening
Weight40lb
Weight limit350lb
Durability9.0
Price6.0

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BLACK+DECKER WM1000 Workmate Workbench

BLACK+DECKER WM1000 Workmate Workbench
  • Max load of 550lb
  • steel frame
  • solid bamboo plate
  • Quick-clamping
  • One hand quick folding
  • Easy to carry
  • Weighs 39lbs
This type of portable workbench is both sturdy and compact. It is very versatile and the work surface is made of bamboo. You can also turn it into a clamping mechanism. It has a reliable structure and a good build quality. The WM1000 is a workbench that provides a good work area. The Black and Decker workmate is made with a heavy-gauge steel frame that is built to last and can hold a max work load of up to 550lb. The workbench has a quick fold design that makes it easy to fold and has a one hand clamp design. this will make it possible to adjust both clamps at the same time or you can individually adjust them. With this work bench you get 4 adjustable swivel pegs.
Set up is straight forward as it comes half assembled and it is a solid design. The taller people may find themselves hunching over. Crank belt has been known to slip off occasionally.

Pros:

  • Quick and flexible clamping option
  • Heavy gauge steel frame
  • Easy  folding
  • Large bamboo work area

Cons:

  • Connection between the bamboo top and frame are not the best
Weight39lb
Weight limit550lb
Durability8.5
Price7.0

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Black & Decker WM225-A Portable Project Center and Vise

Black & Decker WM225-A Portable Project Center and Vise

  • Max load of 450lb
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Easy to carry
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Durable steel frame
  • 4 vise attachments
  • Weighs 30lbs

The Black and Decker WM225 is versatile and convertible. It can convert into a saw horse and can be used a a vice. Like most Black and Decker workbenches it is durable with the steel frame that can hold a working load of 450lb. It has hight adjustable legs and comes with 4 adjustable swivel pegs. There is a simple to use clutch and clamp mechanism and some adjustable rear jaws that woodworkers will find useful. The project center is lightweight and easy to fold transporting and storage.

Pros:

  • Lightweight workbench
  • Versatile and convertible
  • Adjustable jaws for a unique gripping range
  • Quick folding design
  • Sturdy steel frame

Cons:

  • Lighter base than previous models
Weight30lb
Weight limit450lb
Durability8.5
Price8.5

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 Assembly

You want your portable workbench to be as easy and quick as possible to assemble. You should be able to fold / unfold in a minute. The Keter workbench is the quickest to deploy with no assembly required. The workmate requires some tools to assemble and can be a test of your patience.

​Portability

The clue is in the name, portable workbench, the Keter and the Worx pegasus are the best. They are both light and compact, meaning they can be tucked away or hung on a wall when not in use. Both are easy to carry and can be set up in seconds.

Height

Most models have a standard height of 29″. They are not all adjustable so you need to keep this in mind when selecting your portable workbench.

Construction

all our recommended portable workbenches have a good solid construction. Generally, some use plastic some use steel. Keter models are made from resin and offer the lightweight of plastic while providing the construction durability of metal. It is just down to the buyers preference.

Stability

All our recommended Workbenches have the 4 legged style and are pretty stable. Some legs lock into position and some don’t. Generally if the workbench can be hight adjusted then the stability can be compromised and the working load weight will be less.

Conclusion

A portable workbench is a great purchase, if you are just starting out in a trade, a DIYer or a full on craftsman. Our portable workbench reviews should give you a good understanding of what to buy.

Please remember to consider all the factors and the few we have just mentioned above to make sure that you get the best portable workbench.

About the author

Mike Hope

Hi, I am Mike.
I have set up this page to help people just like me find the perfect power tool for the job, I have worked in the building trade for the last 15 years and have used multiple power tools, the question is which ones do you buy? Most people go out and buy the most expensive power tool on the market because the think that it will have everything they need to complete the task they are going to do, but spending more isn't always the right answer. popularpowertools is here to help you make the decision on which power tool you should buy. I have spent hours and hours in the past looking for the perfect power tool in which time i could of had the job done. Hopefully this site will help you make a choice in a lot less time.

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