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The X-Workhorse is a cool little portable table designed to hold benchtop power tools — like a miter saw — on the jobsite.  It derives its name from the way it folds: Rather than folding the legs into the table top, the solidly-constructed sides rotate around a vertical center point creating an “X” shaped base.  The top is removable and snaps onto the side when the table’s folded for storage.

Besides just holding power tools, it also has small rubber feet on the top to hold a piece of plywood (or whatever you’ve got that’s flat) to create a portable workbench.  That’s where the advantage of the “X” shape really comes into play with the strength it brings.  Even though the X-Workhorse is made mainly of lightweight aluminum and plastic, the box indicates that it’s rated to hold 750 lbs — something we definitely had to see for ourselves. 

So, when Husky sent us an X-Workhorse to review, we thought we’d try something none of the other reviews we found around the ’net did: putting almost 1,000 lbs. on it.

Unboxing

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The X-Workhorse ships with a simple cardboard wrap-around designed more to carry marking information than to protect the (very durable) table itself.  In fact, ours was shipped to us via UPS with no external boxing of any kind, which in itself serves as a great test of how the unit would hold up being dragged around in the back of a truck.  There’s no way we could have beat this table up as much as UPS would.

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Happily, it arrived in pretty good shape.  There were a few scuffs, but no serious damage.  One rubber “foot” from the top of the unit was missing, but we didn’t really see any need to go locate one.  It certainly didn’t hamper the table’s performance.

In Use

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The X-Workhorse is very easy to use.  To set it up, you just unclip the table top from the side, swing the flattened sides out like the wings on an X-Wing fighter, clip the top into place, and rotate a circular catch to lock the top down.

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Once together, it provides a qute solid workspace about 30-1/2″ tall and 23″ x 22″ wide.  The solid black top part is actually 19-1/2″ x 17-1/2″.

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The table top features bolt holes for mounting various power tools, most obvious of which would be a miter saw.  We tried out the X-Workhorse using a Ridgid miter saw we generally use in the shop, and it worked quite well; The X-shaped construction really stands out over a standard four-leg design as it’s much sturdier, vibrates less, and just plain doesn’t seem like it’s going to fall over all the time.

It sits a bit low compared to the kind of workbench you’d have the saw on in the shop, but a folding stand that high would need to be much too wide to retain valid portability.  All things considered, we felt like the X-Workhorse made a good portable miter saw stand.

You can also throw a piece of plywood — or whatever else you’ve got lying around the jobsite — across the top of it to create an impromptu workbench.  Four small rubber “feet” on the top of the bench assist in holding whatever you throw on it in place.  Again, considering its size and weight it’s surprisingly stable.

Of course, we immediately questioned whether such a light table could possibly support the advertised 750 lbs., so we set out to test it emperically.  Read on to page 2 where we throw together a rig to put almost 1,000 lbs. on the X-Workhorse.

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28 Responses to Hands-On: We Put 946.5 lbs. on Husky’s X-Workhorse

  1. Rick says:

    Come on guys… “xx” tall and xx” x xx” wide.” couldn’t be bothered to measure?

    :D

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    Rick: You totally busted me. I decided to add the dimensions as I was adding photos to the post and then I forgot to go back and replace them. Doh! They’re in there now.

    Good eye!

  3. PeterP says:

    Nice review. Seems like a good product. If only you knew someone with a big hydraulic press to really destruction test it… :)

    Peter

  4. Rob says:

    I’ve been looking for an excuse to get one or two of these but nothing has come up. Now I might just have to get them anyway. Nice review. I had to laugh when I read your testing technique, reminds me of an episode of Jackass.

  5. Rob says:

    I’ve been looking for an excuse to get one or two of these but nothing has come up. Now I might just have to get them anyway. Nice review. I had to laugh when I read your testing technique, you really are hurting for some of those ‘Doh!’ entries.

  6. Karla Hazen says:

    Loved the Article – it truly is a Superior product! Keter Plastic Ltd./Home Design Products is actually the manufacturer and designer of this product! We also produce and sell to The Home Depot other consumer plastic products like Garage Shelving, Cabinets, Totes, Tool Boxes, Outdoor products, etc. Hurry in to Home Depot and get your’s today! (Vice President Sales – HDP/Keter)

  7. PaulS. says:

    This product looks like it will work okay on a solid level surface but what if the surface is sloped or uneven? Is there any kind of leveling adjustment built into the feet?

  8. Chuck Cage says:

    PaulS: That’s a great question. Some of the other reviews we saw on the web mentioned that one of the feet adjusts to help level the table, but ours didn’t seem to want to move. We think they’re talking about the red part of the feel (visibile in one of the photos in the post above). They do rotate a little bit around their center mounts.

    FWIW, it was pretty stable on our slightly-sloped shop floor, and we had pretty good luck with it in the yard — a good test considering that that’s where it might end up with building contractors using it. However, we’d be a little concerned about using it on a really unstable surface like big cobblestone or the like.

  9. [...] Hands-On: We Put 946.5 lbs. on Husky’s X-Workhorse Believe it or not, we don’t really want to break things all the time.  We do, however, question any plastic-y portable workbench that says it’ll hold 750 lbs.  But rather than just wonder, we decided to find out by loading up the X-Workhorse — a cool little folding table designed to hold a miter saw or serve as a workbench on the jobsite — with lots more than even the advertised 750 lbs.  In short: It held the load.  It even held it when we whacked on it with a 2×4.  Check out the post for pix. [...]

  10. Fletcher says:

    Excellent review. Saw one of these at the Big Box and wondered if it lived up to the packagings claims.

  11. William Braun says:

    Can’t find this item anywhere! How can a person get one?!?!?!?

  12. Mike Miller says:

    Hi William
    Keter -fortools used to make them for a UK company called B&Q -a large diy chain.
    I’ve been trying to get them too as I have a pair but they are getting a bit old. If you find them let me know!!

  13. Edlord L. says:

    It would be nice to have different height versions for taller people. It would save on the backaches.

  14. Larry B says:

    What retail store sell the Husky Workhorse? Thanks Larry

  15. R.D. says:

    I just purchased one today at Home Depot. It was about $36 (including tax). It looks fantastic.

  16. Don Kearney says:

    Purchased two of these X-workhorses from Home Depot yesterday. When I got home and opened them up, I found neither of the workhorses would level. Even using the one leg that is supposed to allow you to level the workhorse it would not level the table. Only when I placed weight (about 50 lbs on it did it level out.

    What was really interesting was when I called the help number on the instruction panel cover on the workhorse top, Stanley Tools answered the line. They did not have a clue about the product. They said they were not the manufacture. They referred me to the Home Depot support number where I was told to take it back to the store for replacement.

    It does appear to be a good product, but before you take it home I suggest you open it up at the store to see if it will level.

  17. Mike Miller says:

    please-tell me you can get them in the uk?
    I would love to get some and think they would sell like hotcakes over here

  18. JOHN HARRISON says:

    I’VE BEEN TOLD THE ONLY WAY TO GET A X-WORKHORSE IS TO GO TO CANADA AND BRING IT BACK ACROSS THE BORDER AFTER BUYING IT FROM HOME DEPOT????? HOW DUMB IS THAT!!!! LOOKS LIKE THE U.S.A. HOME DEPOT WOULD CATCH UP WITH CANADA.

  19. Where can you buy this tool. If the comment by John H. is true why advertise it on DIY. If you can’t buy it in the US, it’s not cool!

  20. David says:

    I noticed that yours shows part of the legs as metal. The ones I’ve seen in Home Depot have plastic legs, no metal. Are these different or was the design changed?

  21. john harrison says:

    David

    Where did you see the x-workhorse? I’m still looking for two.

  22. Daniel says:

    How come the ones on this page and the ones on the DIY network website have aluminum legs?? I went to go buy these after seeing them on DIY bought them brought them home and realized that they had black plastic legs? What gives?? I want the “mack-daddy” ones with the aluminum !! Where can I buy the ones with aluminum legs ?? All the Home Depots in my area carry the plastic legged ones… Help !! Anyone ? Anyone?

  23. Daniel says:

    The Home Depot Exclusively sells Husky products !!

  24. Byron says:

    Have one of the aluminum legged units I purchased a few years back, Really an excellent tool and I use it quite a bit. Needed another so picked one up at the local HD and didn’t notice the plastic legs. I’ll probably keep it, but it was a real disappointment. On a side by side test with a 60 pound load, the plastic legged unit is much less stable. Too bad, wouldn’t buy another one.

    • Charlie says:

      I hate to have to say it, but the ‘good ones’ are gone. The new ones are all plastic and they are not as well built. They are much less sturdy. I should have taken them back…

  25. Mark says:

    I have the plastic leg units. I’m 260 and they are plenty stable when I stand on them. Show me another table for anywhere near the same price that can do that!

  26. Ray Sloane says:

    I need to buy two of these and get them shipped to the UK, but don’t seem to be able to find a seller that will do this…anybody have any ideas?
    Cheers,
    Ray

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