Foldable Workbench - £9.99 @ Aldi From Sunday 10th Jan
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Foldable Workbench - £9.99 @ Aldi From Sunday 10th Jan

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Found 6th Jan 2016
not going to be the best at this price but for a tenner I don't think you can go wrong

A sturdy design that stores away easily.
■Holds up to 100kg
■Open size approx. 755mm
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You can't go far wrong for that kind of money, especially for light work.

ive got one. reasonable quality for a tenner. takes bit of time to construct and some tools.
The jaws are made from mdf so will not take too much stick plus if you tighten them too much they bend up.
Fine for a saw bench or for resting on and okay for the money
I had one of these from B&Q for £10 a few years ago. They are worth £10 but probably not a lot more.
Edited by: "repouk" 6th Jan 2016
Looks identical to the maplin one but in black, good price.
Got mine from Wilkos for the same price a while back. They're fine for the odd job and for a tenner. But if you're looking to use it constantly and last a while, I would save your money for a black and decker one or similar.
trojan35

ive got one. reasonable quality for a tenner. takes bit of time to … ive got one. reasonable quality for a tenner. takes bit of time to construct and some tools.


will I need a workbench to construct the workbench?
Edited by: "pfpf" 6th Jan 2016
Similar at Maplin for same price.
pfpf

will I need a workbench to construct the workbench?



​prob m8 lol
For £10 on HUKD people will want that annoying scouser who won on Big Brother years ago who now does building stuff on QVC

I hate to say it but the black & decker work mates are not what they once were, cheap crap now (well, not very cheap actually, but definitely crap). If you can find and old one second hand the newer ones don't come close.

scroterot

Got mine from Wilkos for the same price a while back. They're fine for … Got mine from Wilkos for the same price a while back. They're fine for the odd job and for a tenner. But if you're looking to use it constantly and last a while, I would save your money for a black and decker one or similar.


Mrdom

I hate to say it but the black & decker work mates are not what they once … I hate to say it but the black & decker work mates are not what they once were, cheap crap now (well, not very cheap actually, but definitely crap). If you can find and old one second hand the newer ones don't come close.


This is very true. I got gifted an old and well used original B&D bench a few years back. The thing weighed a ton and was rock solid. It took well over a decade of heavy use to kill it. In comparison the newer ones are not much better than these £10 jobbies. But these Aldi/Maplin units are perfectly fine for light use.
Not sure why this is hot. Most Aldi workshop stuff is really good value but this, as indicated in lots of posts, is simply the going rate from many places. Sorry OP but this one has to be cold.
The weakest parts of these cheap work benches are the MDF jaws. They will not take 100Kg unless that weight is spread evenly across the whole surface. That makes them unsafe to stand on. The Black & Decker 301, which costs £24, has jaws made of compressed Bamboo and it is supposed to hold 160Kg.
Edited by: "xigent" 8th Jan 2016
xigent

The weakest parts of these cheap work benches are the MDF jaws. They will … The weakest parts of these cheap work benches are the MDF jaws. They will not take 100Kg unless that weight is spread evenly across the whole surface. That makes them unsafe to stand on. The Black & Decker 301, which costs £24, has jaws made of compressed Banboo and it is supposed to hold 160Kg.


I am not being negative but I am fairly certain these are not intended to be used as a working platform/ to stand on.
Having read a few of the descriptions for Black and Decker workmates, none of them state or imply that they are intended to be stood on.
I bought a Draper version of one of these and it is virtually identical, more then adequate for DIY use, but definatley not designed to be stood on.

(xigent) The Black & Decker 301, which costs £24, has jaws made of … (xigent) The Black & Decker 301, which costs £24, has jaws made of compressed Banboo


I would never ban boos, each to their own etc.
xigent

The weakest parts of these cheap work benches are the MDF jaws. They will … The weakest parts of these cheap work benches are the MDF jaws. They will not take 100Kg unless that weight is spread evenly across the whole surface. That makes them unsafe to stand on. The Black & Decker 301, which costs £24, has jaws made of compressed Bamboo and it is supposed to hold 160Kg.


Why are you standing on it? Was that an advertised feature of the original B&D Workmates?
repouk

Why are you standing on it? Was that an advertised feature of the … Why are you standing on it? Was that an advertised feature of the original B&D Workmates?



I did not say that I was standing on anything. I used this as an example to illustrate the weakness of these workbenches. Some might think the ability to bear a 100Kg load means that they are robust. The point is this, it can only bear that load if it is spread evenly across the whole unit. The weakest parts of these budget workbenches are the all-important jaws.

The original workmates had thick birch plywood jaws.


Edited by: "xigent" 11th Jan 2016
These are rubbish, the B&Q ones a few years back were much more solid and had ply jaws.
the Aldi one has fibre board jaws (not MDF) they will break with a 20KG load if not evenly distributed.

not worth the effort of putting it together, sub standard dangerous rubbish.
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