First up in our new “cheap-ass tools” category — tools that are seriously inexpensive, possibly poorly made, and definitely useful: this two-piece set of plastic sawhorses from Harbor Freight.
For $17 — $8.50 each — you get a couple of sawhorses that they claim will hold 350 lbs. Here’s a tip, though: Watch carefully as Harbor Freight puts these on sale for $6 each pretty regularly.
We have four of these in the Toolmonger shop, and while I seriously doubt that two of them would hold 350 lbs in any serious test, they’re hella-useful. We’ve used them to suspend items we’re painting — ours are now fully Technicolor — and we use four of them under a half-sheet of 3/4″ plywood as a quickie welding table.
One part of the HF description is quite accurate: They weigh in at 4 lbs, which means you can easily hang four of them on a hose-hanger mounted way up on the shop wall, out of the way.
Any hey — if you break one, who cares? Just pick up another one the next time they’re on sale. Hell, pick up ten of ’em and throw ’em in storage in case you have some crazy idea that requires a lot of sawhorses.
Plastic Sawhorses [Harbor Freight]