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lightweight, reasonably priced.
HTC Universal Tool Table 31in
This is a nice tool stand that is lightweight and reasonably strong (although I'd be pretty uncomfortable putting 500 lbs, the rated strength, on it). On sale it is VERY reasonably priced. My only issue with it is that the position of the shelf below the top is not adjustable, and it is just a LITTLE too close to the top for me to store another table top power tool underneath. Another inch lower and it would have been perfect.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Is Sturdy Enough When Finished….But
I want to echo what JEFF had to say in a previous review….it's right on in almost all issues. Instructions are not clear and some mistakes. You pretty much have to figure it out on your own. And yes, by all means, throw all of those fasteners away, and get yourself a set of ¼" bolts and nuts of the right size. It's almost impossible to hold a flat blade screwdriver in the slot while wrenching on a nylok nut! Allen hex-head bolts would have been a lot better!
In regards to using casters on the feet, You need to first drill out the plastic hole to ⅜" so yopu can use the gray-colored casters with the ⅜" threaded shaft. Use a fender washer under the foot before inserting the caster. Difficult getting the nut tightened without a special slim wrench on the bottom of the caster.
I ended up drilling through the feet at two places and inserting a #10 screw and nut to hold the feet to the metal leg.
I totally disliked the cheap pressboard that was included in the set, and replaced with ½" plywood, using carriage bolts to hold to the metal frame. So ultimately, you need to do some additional work to make it a halfway decent stand. But once together, it works okay. I keep a Makita chop saw on one stand, and a Bench Dog router table on another. Clearly, casters (lockable) are the only way to go!! Make the table top a few inches wider for mounting a good worklight too!
Using one of these stands (if found on sale) is a good headstart as opposed to building something out of wood from scratch.
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Fastening Casters and Securing Bottom Feet to Leg
Assembly instructions were flat out incorrect. Once it was assembled it's wobbly and unstable and not square. If I hadn't gotten this thing on sale I would return it. This piece of junk is far below Woodcraft's usual standards.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Very Good Value....
Don't buy this at the listed price. Wait or look for it on sale. It then becomes a very good deal. The MDF shelves are useless so you basically are buying the metal frame which is very sturdy and well made.
You can use this table right out of the box. But here are a couple of thing that I did after reading the reviews.
Toss the assembly hardware and get the correct length and better quality.
Bolt the bottom shelf to the frame at the four corners. It really strenghtens the table.
I'm using my table as a sharpening station. Things can get very wet so I recycled the MDF top and bolted a piece of sealed 3/4" scrap ply to the frame and all is well.
I find this table very sturdy, the right height and size and if needed, I can add a larger top for a bigger work space. It's a good deal if you can find it at a sale price.
HTC Universal Tool Table 31 inches.
Happy with Product So Far
Economical selection as a workbench to hold up a mini-lathe. Less expensive than many other alternatives.
Sturdy, with shelves that fit well.
Perfect stand for my 12 inch disk sander.
glad I got one
st george utah
nice to have, mounted my sand flea and is stable for that use....had to cut the storage boards to fit and the plastic feet will not allow for caster mounting...had to add a wood platform to allow caster mounting...small shop so everything I use is on casters....
God Table, Bad Table
I bought this stand to put a disc/belt sander combo on for my new woodshop. Now that I have it assembled, it seems like a nice and sturdy, stable stand.
Geting it assembled was another story. The nut/bolt/washers are absolute junk. They (or at least the ones I got) are not a standard size, so neither my metric nor standard inches sized wrenches would hold the nuts. I ended up using a Vise Grip and hand screwdriver. The screw heads are cheap and strip out easily, and this is with a hand held screwdriver, not a power one. Additionally, the bolts are mighty short, another 1/4 inch would have been nice, especialy assembling this unit by yourself.
The lower shelf rails are to be mounted in what I consider an upside down position, creating a lip all the way around for the shelf to fit into. I did not figure that out until after everything was tightened down, so I had to remove these parts and flip them over, the reinstall. I think the directions should have been more clear about the way these brackets assemble.
The lower shelf as noted elsewhere is two pieces, the fit is very tight, I scribed a line on one and was going to cut it down, then decided to lift both up and press them down from the middle where the joint is, that worked great and made the stand even more solid.
The instructions need to have larger and more clear pictures, and be updated, for example mine say to put the plastic feet on the end of the leg with the rectangular hole - there is no hole at the bottom of any of my leg pieces. And, as mentioned prior, locking casters would be really nice. I am off to find some locally to retrofit.
So, a frustrating assembly, and really junky hardware. But in the end, I think this will be a very nice sna duseful stand for my shop.
Worth the money
This table shipped very quickly and was inexpensive. I put a Ryobi Drill Press on it.
It's a little wobbly, not bad, but not as sturdy as it could be.
It was very easy to put together.
Exactly right for supporting my lathe
Boynton Beach, FL
It is compact and sturdy enough for supporting my Jet mini lathe that needs to be moved occasionally in my very limited shop space. Lockable wheels on the legs would be nice, but as it is it can still be lifted off floor and moved a short distance by one person accostomed to such exertion.
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