Husky Heavy-Duty X-Sawhorse - Review
Our pals at Husky recently sent us one of their Heavy-Duty X-Sawhorses to check out. It’s a small, portable, lightweight, collapsible table that is good for a variety of tasks, not the least of which was being the MVP of our Memorial Day cookout.
The sawhorse unfolds from a central pivot and, when set-up, looks like a giant X. There is a little top that sets into it creating a table. When folded up, the top piece easily snaps onto the center bar, creating a something that is very easy to store, measuring only 31” square by 3” thick.
As a worktable, the X-Sawhorse is relatively stable and strong. It is rated for 750 lbs and one of the four legs is slightly adjustable, so you're able to get any wobbles out if you set it up on an uneven surface. The table top is fairly small in and of itself (it can hold a miter saw and little else), but you always have the option to put a piece of plywood on it and, boom, you’ve got a larger table.
We first tested out our miter saw on the stand and found it to be a nice fit. We then put our 10” sliding compound miter saw on the table and realized that, with the slide, the unevenness of the weight shifting around was a bit too much for the table and we almost toppled the whole thing over while making a cut. This was a bit unfair to the table (the saw is a real monster), but it’s worth noting that that type of tool might create instability. Also, the X-Sawhorse is only 31” tall so we felt that it would act better as a general work table or for holding a surface planer, rather than a miter saw anyway.
And we thought that was about it as far as the X-Sawhorse was concerned. That is, until we had a party last weekend and needed some extra table space. The X-Sawhorse, over the course of the 2-day soiree served as an extension for the barbeque grill, a serving table, a bar area, and a stand for one of the flood lights that was essential to keeping the horseshoes going well into the night. In this situation, the X-Sawhorse was a real lifesaver. Whenever we needed the space, we just folded the thing up, moved it, and unfolded it, a process that took less than a minute and only needed one person to complete. It was a crowded party so moving a traditional table would have not only been a pain, but a noticeable disruption. In fact, the X-Sawhorse’s performance was so great that a number of people noticed the versatility of the table and asked about it, most of them mumbling something about “needing to get one for themselves.”
So there you have it. The X-Sawhorse is good for the workshop and the jobsite, but fantastic at parties. Who knew?
The Husky X-Sawhorse sells for about $40 and is available at Home Depot.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at May 28, 2007 7:36 PM