When we first “previewed” Stanley’s FatMax Mobile Project Center — or the “MPC” as we like to call it — a number of you complained about the materials from which its made, speculating that it’s not sturdy enough for heavy use. So, we contacted Stanley with a challenge: offer up one for us to beat on.
They accepted our challenge, and we gave it our best. We used and abused the MPC for weeks in the Toolmonger shop, and we even broke out our water barrel testing rig to put 946.5 pounds of water on it — over 140% its rated capacity.
Read on for our the results along with our hands-on experiences and lots of pictures.
The MPC ships in pieces and requires some assembly before use. When we spoke to the people at Lowe’s about it, they indicated that “it looks like solid, but it takes 30 minutes to put together.” We, of course, were intrigued.
Once we unboxed all the pieces and read through the instructions, it took us more like 10 minutes to fully assemble. To debunk the myth, we decided to include the process pictorally.
First we removed all and inventoried the parts. There aren’t all that many.
We then unfolded the table to its “use” position and installed the two top table pieces using four included socket head cap screws.
Two plastic bits install underneath with a Phillips head screwdriver. This, incidentally, is the one of the few tools required to assemble the MPC as Stanley includes a hex-shaped wrench in the package.
The three-outlet electric adapter slips into a slot designed to hold it and a plastic cover snaps over it to hold it in place.
To install the wheels and axle, first push the axle through the two holes on the legs, installing the inside washers in the process. Then simply install the outer washers, cotter pin the axle in place, and install the wheels by bolting them on with two 17mm wrenches.
As a last step, you can install the plastic “hold downs” in any of the holes molded into the table top for that purpose.
Honestly, anyone with a tiny bit of mechanical aptitude could assemble this in 15 minutes or less. Even someone who’s generally inept could handle it in under a half hour.
The MPC includes a few pretty handy features, the most noticable of which is the ability to covert into a two-wheel dolly to carry up to 220 pounds of toolboxes and tools. There’s also a built-in place to hold an extension cord, so the idea is that you can wheel the MPC onto the jobsite — or into the driveway — with a few power tools on it, unreel your extension cord, plug it in, plug in your tools, and have a little workbench complete with clamps ready to go.
Read on to page two for our in use experiences and testing.