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.
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.
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.
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.
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″.
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.