Skil XBench Portable Workstation (and how to win one!)
UPDATE: SKil is now offering a Deluxe XBench Kit. More info here.
Skil might have another winner on their hands with the new XBench Portable Workstation. It looks like they've managed to combine a lot of good, standard features with some new and interesting ones.
The XBench Portable Workstation is made of MDF with steel legs, each of which is independently adjustable, so you can set up anywhere and get a nice level surface. It also has a universal plate system for things like routers, as well as a channel for featherboards and miter slides. We're not sure of the specifics on how the plate system works, but we assume that at least Skil tools can be fitted into the table. There is also a power outlet with a bump-off switch as well as ruler markings along the side.
Keep reading to learn how to win one for yourself.
But the feature that really caught our eye was the center cut channel. The two pieces that make the surface of the bench can be split apart, creating a little gulf for your saw blade while you make cuts with both sides of the workpiece supported. If you've ever cut an 8' 2x4 in half with one side unsupported, you understand what a nice feature this is.
The XBench can be folded in half and easily transported.
This looks like a really nice table with a lot of functionality, whether it's at the jobsite or just in the garage. We couldn't get a price for it and it doesn't show up at any of the major online retail stores probably because it's just barely been released.
But who needs the price when you can just get one for free? Skil is giving away an XBench Workstation (complete with router and a full set of accessories), to the winners of their Extreme Doghouse Contest. All you have to do to enter is fill out a little form and send them a picture of your pimped out doghouse (constructed by you, of course. Not pre-fab). Winners will be chosen in each of three categories; most creative, most like the owner's home, and most lavish. Honorable mentions will receive 4 tool cordless kits. Skil will be accepting entries until September 15th.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 27, 2007 5:32 AM