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Offline fritter63

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Benchmark Portable work bench
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:38 PM »
Anybody tried one of these yet? Thoughts?

Benchmark Portable work bench

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Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 09:42 PM »
I've been thinking of trying one out, it looks really cool.  Lets hope someone can tell us more about it.

Dave
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Offline Scarpia

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2012, 09:08 PM »
...I can't believe that I am the only one that has one...I have had one about 2 months now and am happy with it. It is of course more expensive than making something similar your self, but I just never seem to be able to find the time to do things like that. I am pretty much a one man nomadic operation and this is pretty easy for one person to fold up and carry around. I can back my van up to it (or move it to the van), slide plywood out of the van and onto the table easily for cross/ long cutting. It does require a little effort to make sure your kerf is in line with the spaces of the table below as 4x8 plywood overlaps a foot on each end and 6 inches on the sides. Smaller pieces do tend to slide around unless they are clamped to the table. Also the table top flexes to match the contour of the ground it is sitting on, there are large adjustable feet provided to level, but it is much faster if you are sitting on a floor, concrete or somewhat level ground. I made up a piece of melamine to use as a top when I need more of a workbench than a cutting surface. I have not found much use for the peg things they provide as of yet. It does need to be assembled, but it was not too bad. I bought it with a tool tray but have not installed it. Any other questions just let me know!

Domenic

Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 09:13 PM »
Domenic, how about some pictures showing it use???
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Offline Scarpia

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 09:40 PM »
Will post a few tomorrow, though I don't have anything very exciting going on at the moment...

Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012, 10:06 PM »
Pics wold be great  [big grin].  Did you order it direct from the manufacuter??

Dave
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Offline Scarpia

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2012, 10:23 PM »
Yes, ordered from the manufacturer. They emailed me a ups tracking number about 2 hours after I placed the order.  Just two days ago I received an email from them saying they were upgrading the leg locking knobs and were sending new ones for free.

Online Kev

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2012, 08:22 AM »
I like the look of this - going to see if I can hunt one down this side of the pnd!

Offline BobKovacs

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2012, 08:51 AM »
Jesse Wright, who posts over at the JLC forums has one, and is supposed to be writing a review on it for either JLC or Tools of the Trade, so we should have more info forthcoming at some point.

Offline Scarpia

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2012, 08:42 PM »
Pictures as promised. WARNING: another first time picture poster ahead , thanks for the video tutorial Peter.













Offline Dave Reinhold

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2012, 09:11 PM »
I need one. It looks very helpful. Thanks for the pics.

Dave
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Offline Peter Halle

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2012, 09:26 PM »
You're welcome. other than the one rotated image - just kidding and poking - you really did a great job in showing details and how to use the table using your images.

Well Done in my book!

Peter
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Offline greenMonster

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2012, 10:23 PM »
Looks like you could use it as a laser in that one pic

Offline fritter63

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2012, 10:37 PM »
You know, somebody made a brilliant marketing decision when they chose (nearly) Festool green.

I feel baited...

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2012, 03:27 AM »
is iit me or does this look a lot like this?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_146404-287-AP-20-MP6_4294858112_4294937087_?productId=1017889&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Ladders_4294858112_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfo=


Online Kev

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2012, 05:01 AM »
is iit me or does this look a lot like this?

http://www.lowes.com/pd_146404-287-AP-20-MP6_4294858112_4294937087_?productId=1017889&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Ladders_4294858112_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfo=




I'm going to go with "it's you" ... geometry could be similar, but it's a different animal completely.

Offline terrystouf

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2012, 07:39 PM »
Looks awesome , I just ordered one , cant wait to try the snap on tool adaptor plates that they make too(comes with the pro package) .Good bye to saw horses , I hope... [thumbs up]
"ITS LIKE PLANET OF THE APES,,,,,,,WITHOUT THE APES"

Offline ezdrive

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2012, 04:13 PM »
I am going to kick-start this old thread with an update.  Looks like this company is getting ready to introduce a Miter Saw attachment to this portable workbench.  It looks crude, but useful.

http://www.benchmarktable.com/Casters_p/www.benchmarktable.com/Riser_Pegs_p/www.benchmarktable.com/Miter_Saw_Station_p/a145.htm

Ray

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2012, 09:06 PM »
Good on Benchmark for growing, I'm sure there's a market for that.

Offline duburban

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2012, 09:13 PM »
a work table and a miter saw stand are two vastly different things for me and i need both in unison.
helper: i used a festool "circular saw" to do something simple and it made it really hard

me: exactly, it makes simple cuts complicated and complicated cuts simple

Offline builderbob

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2012, 10:09 PM »
a work table and a miter saw stand are two vastly different things for me and i need both in unison.

+1 on that!  I try to stay as compact as possible but if my setup is always getting in the way of itself it's very counterproductive for me!

It does seem that the table is wide enough to have the miter saw on one side (running the long way) and a work top on the reverse side...it seems like a neat product but it's just not for me!

Bob
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Offline ezdrive

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #21 on: June 11, 2012, 11:36 AM »
duburban;

I was thinking the same thing...why waste all that work space for a miter saw!  It defeats the point of a portable workbench.  I like the portable design and lightweight material.  I would definitely use with my TS 75 and Parallel Guides, but not the Kapex.  I am still saving up for the new Kapex portable stand...just a few more dollars to go!

Ray 

Offline goforbroke442nd

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2012, 12:14 PM »
Quick question, can this be adjusted to a high so it is level with an mft3?  Looks like there is about a 3" difference in height, but would the adjustable screw posts compensate?  Just seeing if it could easily be placed side by side with my mft to extend the workspace area...

These are the dimensions I currently have:

Benchmark Table:
Table dimensions (unfolded): 64.25"L x 37.5"W x 32.75"H
Table dimensions (folded): 64.25"L x 37.5"W x 6.5"H
Footprint: 80" x 37.5"
Weight: 53lbs

MFT/3
Table dimensions 45 9/16" x 30 7/16" ((1157 x 773 mm))
Weight 54 lbs (25 kg)
Work space 43 3/8" x 28 1/4" (1102 x 718 mm)
Working height [folded down] 35 7/16" [7 3/32"] ((900 mm [180 mm]))

Offline Scarpia

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2012, 06:39 PM »
Quick question, can this be adjusted to a high so it is level with an mft3?  Looks like there is about a 3" difference in height, but would the adjustable screw posts compensate?  Just seeing if it could easily be placed side by side with my mft to extend the workspace area...

These are the dimensions I currently have:

Benchmark Table:
Table dimensions (unfolded): 64.25"L x 37.5"W x 32.75"H
Table dimensions (folded): 64.25"L x 37.5"W x 6.5"H
Footprint: 80" x 37.5
Weight: 53lbs

MFT/3
Table dimensions 45 9/16" x 30 7/16" ((1157 x 773 mm))
Weight 54 lbs (25 kg)
Work space 43 3/8" x 28 1/4" (1102 x 718 mm)
Working height [folded down] 35 7/16" [7 3/32"] ((900 mm [180 mm]))


I just checked mine and it looks like  the feet will adjust about 1 1/2" .

Offline goforbroke442nd

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2012, 06:59 PM »
thanks for the info on the feet.  With the green, one would have through perhaps the height would have been designed to match up.  Maybe its at the height of the older 1080s....

Offline Dogwood

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #25 on: July 01, 2012, 02:26 AM »
I was thinking how I like the table but would like sacrificial 2x on the top since it makes
Cutting easier and faster- then you mentioned that the benchmark was too short.

What about attaching 2x to the sides of the green plastic top pieces? Maybe pilot drill holes in the green plastic and bolt the 2x on one side so it matches an mft3 in height.

Obviously it would be great if it was perfect out of the box but this way the height could match up and you could cut away w/out worrying about the table. When the 2x is getting a little hacked up the green plastic is predrilled and it would take no time to put new wood on.

Offline atlr

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2013, 01:50 PM »
Just looked for this table after watching a DIY rerun and want to pass along that this table is no longer available.  Judging from comments at  http://toolguyd.com/benchmark-portable-work-table/, the company that had this made may be defunct.

Offline jeep jake

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #28 on: November 01, 2013, 12:33 AM »
its still available
https://www.benchmarktable.com/Benchmark_Table_Portable_Work_Table_p/t015.htm
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I may be wrong ,but be careful if purchasing. I read somewhere recently benchmark went under, and rumors about them still taking orders and your $ , without producing product.  I hope it's not true because the benchmark table looks great for the jobsite

Offline Slappy

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Re: Benchmark Portable work bench
« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2013, 05:53 PM »
its still available
https://www.benchmarktable.com/Benchmark_Table_Portable_Work_Table_p/t015.htm
[/quote
I may be wrong ,but be careful if purchasing. I read somewhere recently benchmark went under, and rumors about them still taking orders and your $ , without producing product.  I hope it's not true because the benchmark table looks great for the jobsite
seems Amazon has dropped these from selling on their site & the bench mark website was flagged as a unsafe-site with my malware software .
 So beware   [eek]

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