Workbenches feature sturdy and flat surfaces that come in a variety of sizes. They are designed for specific tasks which may involve, for example, using large tools or assembling parts. Workbenches are made for specific applications and uses and can be more or less complex.
Workbenches can be simple or complex depending on whether they include customizations or other modules such as drawers or shelves.
Important factors when buying a workbench
The worktop is certainly one of the most important features to consider when buying a new workbench. It can be made of wood or sheet metal: what they have in common is their durability and reliability. The material is usually chosen taking into account the tasks that will be performed at the workbench.
Another important specification of a workbench is its load rating. The range of load capacity depends on the specific application for which the workbench will be used.
Industrial workbenches are designed for heavy-duty applications where they are expected to withstand harsh conditions and continuous use. They are designed to withstand the impact of machinery and equipment without bending or collapsing. Industrial workbenches are rated to be able to handle high load requirements.
Another very common type of workbench, practical especially for workers who need to move their equipment often, are portable workbenches. Such workbenches are typically used for lighter applications that require easy movement of a workstation.
One of the main features that characterize mobile workbenches are the wheels.
Among the most used workbenches there are certainly workbenches for metalworking and woodworking: the main characteristics they should have are simplicity, durability and repairability.
Metalworking workbenches are designed for heavy duty applications and usually have a really high load capacity. Therefore, they are very robust, strong, durable and stable. They are used, for example, in fabrication shops related to metal shaping by welding, light casting and grinding. Many metalworking benches are supplemented with vises and clamps to hold the metalwork parts.
Woodworking workbenches are used as workstations for shaping and building wood projects. They are available in many size ranges, with the larger benches being for complicated projects involving more significant components (e.g. stair construction, framing assembly and planing surfaces).