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Mac Allister Foldable Quick grip clamp Workbench, (W)550mm
- Purpose - Securing work piece to enable sawing, nailing, brushing and other DIY tasks
- 2x 12" (30cm) clamps
- Maximum weight capacity - 180kg
Features and Benefits
This table has sturdy legs and a set up system that takes seconds. Lightweight and heavy-duty at the same time, the table can handle weights of up to 180 kg
- Portable and lightweight work table with integrated handle for easy transportation
- Durable worktop with steel and polypropylene materials provides steady work surface
- 12'' clamps that can be installed both horizontally and vertically, to suit almost any job
|Clamp type||Quick grip clamp|
|Colour description||Black & grey|
|Material||Polypropylene & metal|
|Jaw capacity||300 mm|
|Frame construction material||Plastic|
theanalogkid - 1 month ago
Purchased on Sunday and opened up to use today (Monday). Firstly there is a chip out of the plastic in one of the runners that hold the clamp. Then when folding it back down a bolt like bit of metal dropped off. Not sure where it came from, possibly one of the clamps.
Difficult to review the workbench as I never had a chance to use it before packing it back up. However I would say it is reasonably sturdy although it does wobble a bit and I would worry about using it on a hard surface as it may move about a little. I am just under 6 feet tall and it is quite low but I guess that is something I should have looked in detail at before purchasing.
My one star rating is really based on the condition it arrived in and something falling of when folding it back. Unfortunately that doesn’t inspire me with confidence and I will be getting a refund and going back to researching a workbench suitable for my needs. I did give it 3 stars based on the quick method of folding and packing back up. Also there is no self assembly required which also very positive.
I have tried to state the positive points here and would like to stress I never actually used it, so cannot comment on how well it functions in its intended use.
Stable and Sturdy
Duncurin - 3 months ago
It has to be said that I am rubbish at DIY (yes that too). I am desperately trying to raise my skills in order to pursue my hobby of plinth routing in hardwood for my scale naval vessels. It struck me that if one is serious about improving then one needs decent kit. Trouble is that this can be an expensive thing.I have purchased one or two Mac Allister products of late and found them to be good value and excellent as regards bang per buck. This workbench is no exception.
It's a clean and sturdy design. It's also hard wearing and for someone like me who is not the tidiest person in the world it's easy to keep clean and tidy and resistant to glue and paint and other paraphernalia that I tend to distribute freely, and occasionally in the right place, around my garage. It's also forgiving if one is a bit careless with saw or chisel though a good working height and stable platform minimises one's slips. It's heavy but in a good way. Even a weedy chap like me can lift it and once done for the first time unfolding it and folding it is , as they say, accomplished within 30 seconds.
The height is about perfect for me and without fuss I have a stable and reliable work platform.
It's made a big difference to my routing especially and my grooves and things are now straight ! and of consistent depth! The clamps as supplied are very useful for the majority of jobs but its also easy to apply other clamps of my own around the edge of the workbench for jobs where these are not suitable. The under surface has like a honeycomb profile which means that sometimes the clamps do not seat and grip properly but this is easily rectified by applying a square off cut of wood and the whole thing is stable. The other point is that the edge of the workbench is straight and when using the parallel guide, and assuming the wood is aligned correctly, this aids one in getting a nice routing profile.
I'm impressed by my new workbench and though its a little early to be shaking off my wife's nickname for me of 'half a job' I feel I am at least making progress and for a reasonable sum of money I have some kit that is assisting me greatly in this pursuit.
Very sturdy and durable.
Kanders - 4 months ago
Been using for over a year now and has proven a very good bit of kit. Only one thing would have made this perfect.. one adjustable leg !! if you are using outside on even slightly uneven ground it becomes a little annoying a minor point but could be a good improvement.
Anonymous - 8 months ago
really impressed with this @ £50 definitely worth the dosh
Terrible piece of design
Lokismum - 8 months ago
I have had this nearly a year and I am ready to give the top a full makeover to make this thing actually usable.
The track setup to hold down workpieces is terrible. The trigger clamps supplied with it are still stiff, despite copious amounts of WD40 and constantly sawdust off them. The distance between the two tracks is short enough that one of them will interfere with the motor of a circular saw and could potentially cause kickback. Using just the one track for shorter workpieces results in absolutely no hold whatsoever, making this contraption even more useless.
On the underside of the top, the plastic is moulded in such a way that it is almost impossible to clamp anything to it, in case you wanted to make up for the uselessness of the track system.
The height is all wrong for me (I am 5'6" in the shoes I use for DIY) but that is entirely subjective.
What's good about it? It is a sturdy piece of kit and has put up with a lot of abuse, including being left outside for a few weeks in winter. The opening and closing mechanism are very well designed, simple and quick to use. Which is just as well, especially with the closing mechanism, because this thing will make you so angry that you will want to get away from it as fast as you can.
In short, get your hands on an old WorkMate, from the days when they were well made (easier said than done as I know well!), and leave this well alone.
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