Best Portable Work Stands 2018 – Buyer’s Guide & Review

By Walter J. Farrell | LIVING

More than 110 hours spent for in-depth research and comprehensive hands-on testing, we have chosen the ATD Tools 7800 Work Stand - 1000 lb. Capacity as the best portable work stand in this review. It gives you a 1000 pounds of weight capacity enabling you to work on a vast number of projects. Though it reaches only from 22.8 to 37 inches in height, this tool has strong tubings, frames, and chains giving you a safety and solid work stand for its large weight capacity.

A show of hands for those who love to tinker on their cars.

A show of hands for those who love woodwork.

A show of hands for those who love home repairs.

A show of hands for those who loves mechanics or construction as their career.

Whoever who are and whatever you may love, be it with home construction or car repairs and maintenance, your work or hobby requires reliable furniture or tool to support your projects.

Of course, the floor is sturdy, but what about your back?

Of course, a table is good, but what about your small space?

You may be looking for something that is sturdy but does not take too much of your workspace.

Then the answer is a portable work stand.

In this review, we will help you understand how portable work stand can make your work comfortable and convenient. We will also provide you guidelines on how best to choose which tool is suited for you through our thorough evaluation and hands-on testing.

Shall, we?

Comparison Table

Portable Work StandsWeight CapacityHeightWeight
Astro 557010 500 lbs33  to 45 inches16 lbs
S&G Tool Aid (85800) 500 lbs33 to 44 inches16.27 lbs
Astro 557005 500 lbs33 to 40 inches16 lbs
BLACK+DECKER WM125 350 lbs33.3 inches17.8 lbs
ATD Tools 78111000 lbs22.8 to 37  inches23.68 lbs

How do they work?

Searching for “portable work stands” will give you a list bike stands or working tables and benches. These are similar yet different. Its construction and use can be considered as complex and at the same time straightforward.

We cannot say that this product is new in the market. However, it is difficult to find a summed-up answer on how it works.

Let me share a description of the product and its purpose to understand this furniture/tool better.

Portable work stands works similar to a cycling stand or workbench, wherein it resembles a table (with or without the flat surface) that is collapsible and lightweight with squared dimensions.

Despite the complicated description, portable work stands are quite simple. They provide support for a table to work on different repair and maintenance work.

Frequently, these have hollow centers, which allows you to work 360 on whatever repair you need to be done. These products, although lightweight, are capable of carrying up to 500 lbs of load. 


​Buyer’s Guide

Who can use?

They say that office furniture is vital to motivate you to work. More than that is the comfort and convenience it brings. In this sense, portable work stands likewise provide users with comfort and ease when doing repair and maintenance work.

You can use it whether for bike repairs or other rides such as scooters or skateboards, tinkering with small engines, for building up stuff or construction work. This furniture or tool is useful for almost anything that requires being held-up. This is considering the weight capacity and built of the stand. 

Advantages 

One advantage of a portable work stand is its portability. According to Handgunsband Design, their portable workbenches allows them to maneuver the benches and work anywhere they want. This also applies to workstands, wherein you can move it anywhere you want.

Also, portable workstands are lightweight, but can still support a heavy load. You can do away with tables and benches that consume so much space with a light workstand that still does the job.

Due to its collapsible feature, it can also be stored easily. You can save more space when you are not using the stand, unlike the permanent ones. 

Care and maintenance

With bicycle workstands, you need to clean the stand and check the parts for wear outs. Similarly, your portable workstand also needs to be cleaned out. This is not just to keep the tool durable, but also for the things that you are working.

Portable workstands are made up of different parts like the nuts, bolts, foam pads, hooks, tubes and chains among others. These items make up the whole stand, and each should work correctly. Hence, you have to make sure that these are in excellent condition. 

Buying Criteria

​#1 ​Weight capacity

Portable work stands, generally, have good enough weight. We found products that can support 300 to 500 lbs. However, every user has a different weight requirement, which you should also take into account when choosing your portable work stand. 

​#2 ​Working height

It might be helpful to select a work stand that fits your desired or comfortable height. A majority of our workstands are adjustable. Take note of the height offered by the work stand and that of your required height.

#3 Stability

Since you will be working on heavy loads, the lightweight feature of the portable work stand should not compromise stability. The tool should be able to support the weight without collapsing or any shaking

#4 Features

Added features are vital to making your experience with the product more valuable. You should also be on the lookout for specific features that you think will maximize your use of the product.


​​How We Assessed & Evaluated These Portable Work Stands

We conducted our standard evaluation process consisting of research and hands-on testing. The research phase was a bit difficult for us, especially when crowdsourcing data because the first results are of portable bike work stands. It is different as it is limited to bike repair and maintenance activities.

What we for online research visit online sellers and read through the features and product specifications. We also look into the brand/ manufacturers’ websites to learn more about their portable workstands.

The second part of our research is our offline data gathering, wherein we talked to our local vendors and those who use portable work stands for work or home. We asked them about their experiences, how to choose and their recommendations. We summarized our data and formed buying criteria.

Initially, we have around 10 portable work stands on our list. We trimmed it down to our top five through our data and a scoring method, in which we selected the top ranking products.

Once our top five is selected, we also called in testers to do hands-on testing on our top five products. These testers are those whose work involved the use of workstands (experts) and those who are planning to get one (first-timers).

The expert testers are composed of those who already have portable workstands and those who have permanent ones and wanted portables. The two categories of testers were given an entire week to test the products.

We asked the testers to score the products based on the criteria we have provided. We also asked them to give their observations and experiences. 


​Top 5 Portable Work Stands Product Reviews:

The ATD Tools 7800 Work Stand - 1000 lb. Capacity comes from the maker of automotive tools from the 70s to the present. This portable work stand makes aims to be an addition to your automotive works from its 1000 weight capacity to its sturdy frames and padding support.

From the five products in the review, this tool has the biggest weight capacity of 1000 pounds. Our testers believe that it is very suited for automotive work, which has bulky items. They noted that (of course) it is not limited to it and users can take advantage of such capacity for other projects.

The testers like the feature that it can go so low as 22.8 inches because there may be work that requires such length or there may be users who are comfortable with such height. However, the 37 inches maximum height is low for other testers who are a bit tall. It made the testing uncomfortable for them.

Like the other portable work stands in this review, the ATD Tools 7800 Work Stand - 1000 lb. Capacity also offers an adjustable width using the chains. It provides different arm distances depending on your desired distance or the size of your item.

Our testers also like that the frames of this tool seem to be strong. Its chains also feel robust. This work stand also did not shake or is uneven when no load is placed. It assured them that the product would give proper support to the load.

When the load is placed on the stand, it did not wobble or shake. The testers believe that it might hold up to its promised 1000 pounds capacity although our sample load is lighter. 

What We Liked

  • Stable and sturdy
  • Material seems strong
  • Huge weight capacity

What We Didn't Like

  • Shorter height

2. Astro 557005 - First Runner Up

The ATD Tools 7800 Work Stand - 1000 lb. Capacity comes from the maker of automotive tools from the 70s to the present. This portable work stand makes aims to be an addition to your automotive works from its 1000 weight capacity to its sturdy frames and padding support.

From the five products in the review, this tool has the biggest weight capacity of 1000 pounds. Our testers believe that it is very suited for automotive work, which has bulky items. They noted that (of course) it is not limited to it and users can take advantage of such capacity for other projects.

The testers like the feature that it can go so low as 22.8 inches because there may be work that requires such length or there may be users who are comfortable with such height. However, the 37 inches maximum height is low for other testers who are a bit tall. It made the testing uncomfortable for them.

Like the other portable work stands in this review, the ATD Tools 7800 Work Stand - 1000 lb. Capacity also offers an adjustable width using the chains. It provides different arm distances depending on your desired distance or the size of your item.

Our testers also like that the frames of this tool seem to be strong. Its chains also feel robust. This work stand also did not shake or is uneven when no load is placed. It assured them that the product would give proper support to the load.

When the load is placed on the stand, it did not wobble or shake. The testers believe that it might hold up to its promised 1000 pounds capacity although our sample load is lighter. 

What We Liked

  • Stable and sturdy
  • Material seems strong
  • Huge weight capacity


What We Didn't Like

  • Shorter height

3. BLACK+DECKER WM125 – Second Runner Up

Black+Decker has been around since 1910 starting off with milk cap maker and candy dripping machines. Since then, they continued manufacturing powerful tools for aviation, wartime and for professional and home use. Hence, the birth of BLACK+DECKER WM125 Workmate 125 350-Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench.

From all the products in this review, this is portable work stand is unique. It does not have a hollow center or with a sling, but it has adjustable wooden planks that serve as a bench.

The testers find this feature beneficial for added support. Instead of the usual two parallel frames on the sides, it has two wooden planks to hold-up the center. These planks are also adjustable to fit in different materials whether it be bicycle, wood or even other tools among others.

This portable work stand, however, only has 350 pounds weight capacity. It is lower compared to the 500 pounds of the other products in the review.

Our testers deemed that this is not ‘bad’ as this weight capacity can still accommodate enough load. Also, some users have lighter uses. So, if you also need to consider the load and materials, you will work.

They have observed though that the frames of this portable work stand is a bit thin. It seems like it is not strong enough to carry the weight, though there were falling incidents during the testing.

Its height is also among the shorters in the batch with only 33 inches. This height is shorter as other work stands can reach up to 45 inches. Some of the testers who are on the taller side said that they have to bend a little to get comfortable.

What We Liked

  • Bench adds support and clamping
  • Weight capacity is workable for some

What We Didn't Like

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    Shorter height

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    Frames seem thin

S&G Tool Aid (85800) Portable Work Stand looks very similar to the Astro 557010 Extra Heavy Duty Portable Work Stand and the ATD Tools 7811 Work Stand - 500 lb. Capacity. Aside from their physical appearance, they also have the same weight capacity of 500 pounds. The weight capacity is big enough to cater to various kinds of work that you might do, like working on a car’s engine or other parts.

Like the other work stands, this product also has adjustable width or arms. Testers believe that it makes the tool flexible to different kinds of items that you will place on it.

It differs from the other portable work stand with its 33 to 44 inches of adjustable height.
They found the 33.3 inches height to be low for those users who are taller. It is useful for the shorter ones or those work that requires this height. However, the 44 inches height is among the tallest, in which all our testers agree provides comfort when at work.

This portable work stand also has a tube frame covered with foam padding. According to our testers, this pad protects both the tool and the item from rubbing. It also prevents slipping making work safer for you.

What our testers dislike with the product is that the tubes making the frame feels a little thin. This might affect the durability of the product when it is used over time or when it hits hard objects. It did not collapse though when we apply the load and it even held-up for a period of time during the testing. 

What We Liked

  • Weight capacity is high
  • Adjustable height 
  • Good maximum height​​​​
  • Adjustable width

What We Didn't Like

  • Tubes feel weak

The next on our list is another Astro Pneumatic Tools portable work stand. This family-owned business that has been around for 40 years produced the Astro 557010 Extra Heavy Duty Portable Work Stand.

The portable work stand offers a 500-pounds capacity similar to the Astro 557005 500 lb. Capacity Portable Work Stand with Sling. This weight capacity may be ‘normal’ in this review. However, our testers were impressed that such a lightweight tool, at 16 pounds, can accommodate such load.

It differs from the latter with the adjustable height capacity from 33 to 45 inches, which is slightly higher.

According to the testers, the height disparity can be felt or needed if you have a particular work that requires an added height. Thus, our testers like that it is about five 5 inches higher as the users would have more liberty to choose their height settings.

The foam padding is also useful to prevent contact with the steel frame and avoid slips. It also has covers on its four legs to ensure that the stand does not slip, especially when putting on the load.

During the testing, our testers have observed that without any load, this portable work stand seemed to be wobbly or unbalance. It does not inspire confidence at first look as your work may topple over. However, when the load is placed, this stand seems to have steadied.

Our testers think that this can be an issue when the weight of the load or the thing you are working on is not heavy enough to stabilize the stand.

They tried to set it up again to ensure that all parts are well assembled and placed in on an even surface. There was no noticeable change, and the stand still is a bit unsteady.

What We Liked

  • Large weight capacity
  • Good adjustable height
  • Working safety features

What We Didn't Like

  • Seems to be slightly unbalanced


​Our recommendations

Five products thoroughly researched and reviewed, the ATD Tools 7800 Work Stand - 1000 lb. Capacity stood out as the Editor’s Choice.

Its most valuable features include the 1000 pounds weight capacity that looms over the other products in the review. To ensure that this portable work stand can support the weight, it is built with sturdy materials, specifically its frames and chains.

You, however, have to work on a lower height level with its adjustable 22.8 to 37 inches height capacity.

All these features though produces a stable and sturdy portable work stand that can manage to hold various kinds of projects.

Following the Editor’s Choice as First Runner-Up is one from Astro Pneumatic Tools. Offering a 500 pounds weight capacity in a towering height from 33 to 44 inches is the Astro 557005 500 lb. Capacity Portable Work Stand with Sling.

This portable work stand provides added support with its sling that is also useful for tool holders. It also has a strong and steady stance securing you and your project. 

Our Second Runner-Up is another unique portable work stand that can also be a workbench. The BLACK+DECKER WM125 Workmate 125 350-Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench has a 350-pound weight capacity and a height of 33 inches, which are lower than the top two choices.

However, this tool also performs well with its sturdiness and features as adjustable planks and foot to cater to different items. 

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About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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