Multipurpose Workbench with Lighting and Outlet - 99681
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Review by djbecker on October 21st, 2010
It is now over eight weeks since I assembled my workbench, and the missing part still has not arrived. Customer service was not helpful, sending me a copy of the internal order for the part but not providing any information on if or when it might be shipped.
Another minor issue has become apparent in the meantime. The pegboard is not quite the standard size -- punched holes on 1" centers. Instead the holes are on 25mm centers. Most pegboard accessories that span only two or three holes work OK with the modified spacing, but long tool holders won't fit.
Review by djbecker on August 22nd, 2010
This is my most marginal Harbor Freight purchase in recent times.
I bought this workbench for about $88 a little over a week ago. ($100 on sale, 20% coupon, 10% tax.) It double boxed in a surprisingly shallow, dense package, only 3" deep and barely more than the size of the bench top.
Assembly requires only a screwdriver and 10mm driver.
What the instructions don't mention is that it's best done with a #3 Phillips screwdriver, larger than a standard #2 head, And you'll need a deep socket or hollow shaft 10mm nut driver to hold a few of the nuts. These two tools handle the bulk of the construction.
The only other drivers you'll need are at the very final steps: a #2 Phillips and 8mm socket for the bench tops, and a 5mm wrench or just a pliers for the light support nut.
The many screws, washers and nuts don't come in numbered bags, although they are numbered in the instructions. You should sort them out first, using the guideline
the shortest screws are for assembling the drawers
the medium length screws are for most of the frame
the long screws are for the pegboard and the drawer supports
the drawer supports get the lock nuts (on long screws)
Now for the problems. My package was short a drawer side. I was under time pressure, and it was a 60 mile, 2 hour round trip back to the store, so hoped that the drawer side would show up during assembly. It didn't, and I mostly completed the assembly without finishing one of the drawers. Upon semi-completion, I found I was missing four nuts, and had a handful of extra washers.
I called about the missing piece. After several calls, I finally got through when their computers were working. They said they would either immediately ship a used piece taken from assembled unit in their warehouse, or I would need to wait six to eight weeks for it to arrive from China. I guess I'll be waiting for another month or so, as the piece didn't arrive quickly.
There are several marginal design aspects of the workbench. The long screws holding the lamp to the upper section project about 3/4" above the upper shelf. Even if you cut them shorter, items will snag on the nut and sharp edges. Recessed screws as used on the workbench top would have been far nicer.
The description lists the light cord as being 80 inches long. It's only about half that, about 39" (one meter). If you mount the lamp with the power switch visible (facing forward), the cord has to run diagonally across the pegboard to reach the power outlets on the right side.
Review by royesses on July 17th, 2010
Purchased for $63.00 it is a decent buy. It is very light weight and will not hold up to any kind of pounding. That said it is perfect for hobby work, electronics and homeowner type small jobs.
Review by Woden on June 24th, 2010
I am well pleased with this workbench. I put it together in about 45 minutes with no problems. It is very sturdy and well made.
This workbench was on sale for $99.00
You can beat that for a solid workbench with a pegboard and pegs, electrical outlets and a light.
I would recommend this workbench for anyone.
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