I bought the Workmate II portable workbench back in 1989, and it held up well for almost twenty years, until I left it on the back porch for a few days and it got wet due to blowing rain. (Blowing rain is not the friend of the particle-board top.) On the hunt for a replacement workbench, I came across a really nice one, the Walko.
It comes in two models, the Walko-3 and the Walko-4 — the numbers stand for the number of vertical aluminum rails in the frame. At first glance the Walkos look similar to most workbenches, almost like a sawhorse with two horizontal shelves, but with these you can adjust the height of your work surface by moving the shelves up and down the side rails.
You can also make both legs lay flat and put your work surface close to the ground or lean it against a wall. When it’s leaned against a wall you can install the work shelves so that the Walko doubles as a workbench — or you can just lay a panel on it and cut it. You shouldn’t have to worry too much about cutting depth, thanks to sacrificial synthetic strips that you can cut through.
I really like the look of the Walko, but the price is a bit steep — about $700 and up. My wife hasn’t hit the lottery yet, so I decided to just rebuild Ole Trusty with some 3/4” plywood.