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Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« on: June 24, 2008, 12:22 PM »
Hi all,
yesterday the Walko Workbench arrived from the Netherlands. I chose the Compact version, which is a three legged affair. (The standard Walko has four).

I ordered the "Compact set" consisting of the Compact Stand, two MDF tops with mounting brackets. I also ordered supporting struts/brackets that fold away when not in use. These complement the mdf tops and both the struts and the tops can be placed at various heights on the stand.

The bench is reassuringly stable, it is neither too heavy nor too light. In all positions the bench stands secure and firm with no rickety rackety wobbling. The legs are black rubber and there are wall/floor savers (extra feet, rounded) when using it in the upright or saw table position.  The locking mechanisms are positive and with no play. The bench is very intuitive and I did not read the manual. Actually - I didn't get a manual. I did get an email today from Walko where they said they missed out on the manual but I could contact them if the need arose. I don't think I will be needing it though.

Scope of delivery:



In upright position it stands 180cm tall:



Supporting fold away brackets, rubber on top, very sturdy:



Feet and wallsavers; will check if the rubber causes skidmarks on the floor:

« Last Edit: June 24, 2008, 12:39 PM by Henrik R / Pingvinlakrits »
Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2008, 12:27 PM »
Forgive the poor quality of the second image; the camera bag is over six feet away so the wide angle lens and flash were "out of reach". ;)

For the better part of the mini review, the action part, the mdf tops will be mounted and the proper gear used for documentation. Now that I got started I think I will grap a quick coffee and get right to it.

Stay tuned.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2008, 12:45 PM by Henrik R / Pingvinlakrits »
Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008, 01:31 PM »
On photos #2 and #3 in the first posting you can see the black plastic sacrificial "top" for when the bench is lying flat out on the ground. This is easily replaceble and pretty cheap too. I will try and spare mine for as long as possible as there is no Walko dealer in Sweden at the moment.
 
Next posting will be with the Walko in the normal workbench position, with the MDF tops attached. We will see if there is any inter-system-compatibility or not.  :)
Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Offline poto

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2008, 02:01 PM »
Hey Henrik,

It looks like there are only three cross braces on your bench, and the middle one is not lined up with the joint in the legs. Does this mean that when you open it (bend it) one side only has one cross brace at the bottom and none at the joint? Or is there another piece that you insert or something?

Looking forward to your review!

Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2008, 02:29 PM »
Poto:
Very observant!

Yes, there is only one cross brace on one side. In the bench position there are locking side bars (folds away when not in use) and it is very sturdy when locked.

I will try and apply some heavy load to it tomorrow, it is now eight thirty PM over here and fianc?e just got home so I am off the internet. :)

EDIT: you do not need to insert anything at the joints to help stabilize the bench. I will post a picture of the locking mechanism later on.

« Last Edit: June 24, 2008, 03:46 PM by Henrik R / Pingvinlakrits »
Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Offline Roger Savatteri

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2008, 05:58 PM »


Ok, Henrik....... I know your all the way across the pond in Sweden, so I hope this works.............




How's your new Walko Compact Portable Workbench doing?



10234-0



Roger



« Last Edit: July 26, 2008, 06:05 PM by Roger Savatteri »
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Offline Tinker

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2008, 06:10 PM »
Damit, Roger.  I wish you would give warning when you use that thing.  I was sitting here minding my own biz around 5pm when I heard a heck of a rumble.  I thought it was thunder.  Now i understand it was you yelling at Hendrick.  >:( :( :o ::) ;D  It so happens i was right in the line of fire.

But thanks for sending the reminder along.  I have been watching for his report lately.
Tinker
Wayne H. Tinker

Offline Hergy

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2008, 12:11 AM »
There was a video demonstrating this tool, but I can't locate it. All I can recall is that I thought it was pretty impressive-------slices, dices, makes julian fries etc. Timmy is only 50 miles away, however.

Well, duh. There is a video in the link shown above. Sorry.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2008, 12:17 AM by Hergy »
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Offline Tony M

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2008, 06:15 PM »
OOOO! I feel all tingely and gidy  ;D

Offline Rein

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2008, 08:30 PM »
Super to hear the walko is coming over the ocean. Cant wait until its here.

Offline tallgrass

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2008, 08:37 PM »
can't wait .....any idea on pricing?

Offline Tony M

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2008, 09:00 PM »
can't wait .....any idea on pricing?
I recall reading that the price over there to here translates to around $850 for the larger model if I'm not mistaken.

Offline Steve Jones

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2008, 09:08 PM »
If I can find some way to stick the MFT fence (old style) onto the thing, sign me up!

Does anyone happen to know if the the hole pattern and spacing is the same as the MFT?

If not I could probably replace the MDF tops with MDF drilled on the same pattern (using my MFT as a pattern), or simply buy a replacement MFt top and cut it to fit.

Steve
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Offline ccmviking

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2008, 10:30 PM »
I heard that they are going to change the tops from MDF to Bamboo.  This will make them more water resistant.  Not a real big deal to me since I don't work out in the rain and besides we only get 5"-6" of rain per year here.

Chris...

Offline Eli

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2008, 04:49 AM »
I heard the legs were adjustable from 50mm to 3600mm. And that there is an extra large hole in the top for a stainless vacuum coffee cup.






 :D
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Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2008, 09:34 AM »
Good Morning,
Apologies to Henrik for having his discussion sidetracked by a string of promotions for another forum and Festool Junkie.  I received a number of complaints from FOG members about this.

One of the promoters has chosen to delete his posts.  I moved the remaining ones to the "Sales" board.  For those of you who are interested in seeing the promotions, click here.

Now, let's get bacl to reviews of the bench!

Stay in touch,
Matthew
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2008, 09:58 AM »
I deleted two posts about the Walko. My first post containerd a link to the forum where I learned that the Walko would be available. I posted because a similar post from Chris Mercado posted the previous day had disappeared and I thought not very many people had had a chance to read it.

You deleted my post shortly after I posted it. I guessed it must be because of the link to the other forum. I found a link directly to the distributor and posted that link in a second post and you allowed it to stay.

Later yesterday you restored both my first post and Chris's post which broke the news here. With Chris's post restored both of my posts became redundant so I deleted them.

Now you have moved Chris's post to the Sales Board.


By any rational reading the posts you moved to the Sales Board are posts intended to spread the news that the Walko would be available in NA. The availability of the product is directly relevant to this discussion. Links to sites that sell products mentioned in posts to the FOG are common and frequent.

The reason you objected to these posts is because they included links to another forum that is focused on Festools. That forum is tiny compared to the great and powerful FOG and it is not commercial and does not sale anything so why did you move the posts to the Sales Board?


« Last Edit: August 06, 2008, 10:15 AM by Michael Kellough »

Offline ccmviking

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #17 on: August 06, 2008, 10:05 AM »
Matthew,

I've always had an interest in this unit and was excited to find out more information about it.  I didn't see any harm in my first post and actually made an attempt to get a discussion going again on the FOG.  YOU for some reason chose to start playing around with the posts and causing some sort of issue.  Had you left things alone maybe folks would be discussing the table and it's functionality.  Thanks for sidetracking the forum once again. 

Chris...

Offline greg mann

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2008, 10:10 AM »
With all due respect, Matthew, one of the things I have really liked about your approach here was that you didn't get bent out of shape at the mention of another forum. That is one of the reasons I hardly ever visit SMC these days. Their attitude about links to other forum was so parochial it seemed childish. Up until now, you have not been cut from that cloth and I have admired that. I would like to see you continue on the high road here.
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan

Offline Matthew Schenker

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #19 on: August 06, 2008, 10:30 AM »
Good Morning,
Generally, I have no problem with people mentioning other forums here.  In fact, people do this all the time.

As you noted, some forums do not even allow links to other forums.  For example, SMC apparently does not allow full links to the FOG, even though I allow links to SMC here.  In fact, on one occasion SMC was down, and I was happy to allow members to use the FOG to communicate with each other.

On the protest site, a number of members have been banned just for mentioning the FOG in posts or PMs.  That, and a lot of other details that I won't get into here, makes this particular example quite different.

Again, my apologies to Henrik.

Thanks,
Matthew

PS: I should add that I received complaints about the promotional aspect of the posts in question.
FOG Designer and Creator

Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2008, 12:32 PM »
Hey Gang!

My sincerest apologies for holding you off. When I was working with the Walko the forum was offline for some reason so I could not post. Since we moved into the new apartment we have been off line from internet - they forgot to send out a modem and it did not arrive before we left for Canada.  >:(

Upon arriving in Edmonton we found our hosts to be off the grid as well and then we headed out for Jasper for some hiking (splendid, as was the weather). So, still no luck on the internet.

At the time of writing this I am in Red Deer, AB, on a borrowed computer and off to Calgary and Banff.

Though I now have action shots of the Walko on my desktop back home we will not be back until Friday the 15th of August and we haven't got the modem. We probably might be able to pick it up on Saturday provided it has arrived and since I have some touch ups to do on the Kitchen I might be able to hook up and deliver. I will make it a priority as apparently the Walko will be available in North America.

Thanks for the reminders Roger and Michael, special apologies to Tinker for the delay - sorry friend - and Matthew: no worries - the hijacking of the thread was inevitable due to the circumstances (FOG being offline, then me being offline - and then me being abroad and offline). And hey, that Megaphone looking photo is hilarious -  :D!

In short the Walko and the MFT800 got their equal share of tasks done. In the end the MFT800 turned into a storage solution for the small items and the Walko got used even more. There is a small learning curve and I haven't figured out all the things the Walko can do for me but it is versatile for sure. 

This is my first browsing the FOG for two weeks and I am glad to see things are happening around the forum, keep it up!
 :)
Henrik, the wanderer.
Festool:  CS 50EB precisio set, Domino DF500, DF XL 700, OFK500 edge router, OF1010 router EHL65 planer, CTL Mini/Midi Vac, CTL 26 vac MFT800+1080 tables
DSC-AG Grinder,  RAS 115
Rotex 150, ETS EC 150/5 RTS400
Drills: T18, BHC18, CXS.
SysLite KAL II, SYS Rock.
Sys- and Sortainers galore.

Line up has been reduced with the introduction of Mafell/Metabo tools. Red Green and Blue do mix well in the shop.

Offline greg mann

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2008, 12:39 PM »
Henrik,

You are in the Canadian Rockies! Enjoy your time and don't worry about us. The Walko is going to be available soon but none of us are going to die in the meantime (if any of us do, we won't be needing it anyway). You are in a most beautiful part of the world. Enjoy.
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2008, 01:14 PM »
Forgive the poor quality of the second image; the camera bag is over six feet away so the wide angle lens and flash were "out of reach". ;)

For the better part of the mini review, the action part, the mdf tops will be mounted and the proper gear used for documentation. Now that I got started I think I will grap a quick coffee and get right to it.

Stay tuned.

Cool tool.  I saw this video over at youtube of it. Pretty amazing, but I don't think you can get it in the states. (don't flame me, I could be wrong)


Offline greg mann

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2008, 01:26 PM »
I have watched this video a number of times. Too cool. If I was Festool, I would be trying to buy this company, or at least teh rights to the Walko.
Greg Mann
Oakland, Michigan

Offline immunoboy

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2008, 12:31 PM »
Pretty nice ... the pdf detailed info found here walko specs and some other spec show festool clamping elements being used.  At 100 lbs, it does seem to be a solid item.  Anyone know about accessories?  899 for the set up and how much for the extras seen in the U-tube video?

Offline Tony M

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2008, 06:01 PM »
I believe your looking at 850 U.S.D. for the pro model, that is the larger one, with the works.

Offline Tinker

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2008, 02:02 PM »
Henrick,
Glad to have you back.  What a great trip.

Somebody above (earlier post) just mentioned the Walko is 100#'s.
you have the smaller version.  What does it weigh.

there was a day when i could pick up 100#s and do it again and againandagain....................  no problem, back when i was 38.
Now I'm 39 (for nearly the 39th time around), 100#'s is more of a hastle than i & herniated discs care to think about.

Since you have given Walko a workout on redoing your kitchen, how about some pics of your project.
I recall you mentioning a very small working space.
The Walko and MFT 800 sound like a great combo, even if the 800 is the horizontal storage space.

Tinker
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Offline Les Spencer

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2008, 12:08 AM »
Tinker,

If you check walko spec sheet you'll see the frame for the large unit is 53# and the smaller one 42#. I don't think this includes the weight of the tables or supports the way it reads.
Les (near Indy) XL

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« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2010, 06:31 PM »
These tables are truly amazing, and I just wish I had the stay-in to keep such a large inventory around. Unfortunately, the bench just hasn't gotten the traction it deserves.  The objective of this promotion is not only to reduce inventory, but MORE importantly, get these awesome tables into the hands of end users. The comments that I have heard, read via my mail, and seen in various forums are wonderful.

There are so many factors that play into "forecasting" inventory levels that again, it is important to let the U.S. know that these tables are more than just a workbench; they incorporate so well in the "system" and although it may sting a bit on my end, I wanted to take some price sensitivity out of the equation if some of you are intrigued by these benches, but just couldn't get off the "price fence."

You can check out the Festool Junkie Blog Post "Walko Promotion and Inventory Reduction"that just went up for more information regarding the Walko Workbench System.   There is INCREDIBLE PRICING  [eek], and there are a couple new videos that you may want to take a gander at.  ;D

TimmyC
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Offline Alex

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Re: Walko Compact Portable work Bench mini review
« Reply #29 on: February 02, 2010, 07:26 PM »
Funny thing is, it's supposed to be a Dutch invention, but I haven't seen one single Walko yet here. Not in the stores (and I've visited a lot) nor with any tradesmen or hobbyists.  ???

It sure is a very nice piece of work, but if the company doesn't put any effort in promoting their product, nobody's gonna know or buy it.