Review: WORX Sidekick Portable Work Table
The WORX Sidekick is a portable work table that compacts quickly and is easily transportable by one person. For a table that only weighs 13.6 lbs, it does a jaw-dropping task of holding up to 300 lbs!
Designed for speedy build-up and break-down, the WORX Sidekick is an assembly of two parts – an accordian-like set of legs and a folding table top. Once the metal legs are open, you lay the (hard plastic) table on it and lock it in place. There are no tools required to do this, no screws that need fastening – just a twist of a dial at the four corners.
A lot of thought has been put into this table, because it really only takes a few seconds to put together and take apart for transport. When you’re done using it, you unlock and lift off the table top and collapse the legs. You then fold the table in half with the legs held between the two halves – and you’re done.
USABILITY / FUNCTION
The table is a 24″ x 24″ (2ft x 2ft) square and stands 32″ in height. It uses finger joints for a high degree of stability (looks like a tetris game the way it fits together) and is highly functional. If we take wood working as an example, it’s got rulers etched right on top of the table and catch pockets to hold nails, screws, pins, pens and other miscellaneous objects that you don’t want falling away.
Four clamp dogs are included for holding your 2×4’s steady while you saw or drill your wood. These clamps fit snugly into pre-set holes so you don’t have to fiddle with measurements, and can easily be re-adjusted for other sizes including 2×6, 2×8 and 2×10.
The WORX Sidekick isn’t just for woodworking or crafts projects at home – it can be extremely useful when you need to take it somewhere else like events, conventions, and even picnics. It’s portable nature and light weight make it an ideal candidate for when you have to transport a lot of things at once. And the great thing about it is that you can join multiple Sidekicks together to form a larger table of any size you wish (as long as it’s in multiples of 2 feet – like 2’x4′, 2’x6′, 4’x4′, etc).
Here again, you don’t need any tools or screws – they’re held together with link locks that come with the table to hold it together when in transport.
When it comes to supporting weight, the table has a limit of 300 lbs. I know this because it’s etched right on top of the table – along with a warning not to sit or stand on it. But of course I had to give it a go to make sure they weren’t kidding – so I did (all 150lbs of me).
Sitting on it did nothing to the table. It didn’t shake or move like I thought it would, nor did it feel like the legs were actually separate from the table top. Encouraged by this, I carefully stood up on it and tried to jiggle it about to feel for instability. I mean c’mon, the legs are skinny and the table is made of plastic. The WORX Sidekick gave no such indications, which really surprised me. I really wanted to jump up and down then, but I came to my senses and decided to use the table as it was intended – with my hands, not my feet.
If I could offer a word of caution, it’s to be aware of not putting your fingers between the joints when you open the table top. It’s easy to do if you’re not thinking about it, so keep this in mind when you’re putting the table up. I’d advise making a habit of using the carry handles on either side of the table.
The WORX Sidekick is an extremely stable work table that can be used for all kinds of tasks. It’s portability and large weight limit makes it a super useful piece of equipment that’s well worth taking with you if you do any kind of work on-site.
The Sidekick comes with a 3 year warranty and you can pick one up for $59 at the time of writing.
More Info: http://www.worx.com
(Test unit provided by WORX for this review.)
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