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Is A Folding Workbench The Best Solution for Commercial Vans?

10 January 2023

Folding workbenches, or folding work tables, are great for tackling small tasks when you’re away from the workshop. Folding tables serve as a time-saving device that enables you to clamp parts to the bench and cut, hammer, trim or screw. 

There’s no doubt that having the right tools to hand when you’re on the road enables you to provide a better service. And because access to a folding workbench in the back of your van enables you to avoid a return to the workshop, they can help to make your business more profitable.

A portable folding work table provides you with a secure(ish) platform – providing it can support the weight. You’ll also need a flat surface to keep the workbench stable whilst you work. 

Thus there are advantages and disadvantages of portable folding workbenches. However, there are always solutions to every problem. 

Pros and Cons of Folding Workbenches

Before we get into the pros and cons of folding workbenches available in the UK, we should establish what we mean by workbench folding. We’re essentially talking about portable workbenches that fold away so they can easily be stored in your van.

Pros of Workbench Folding

Folding workbenches are slim and don’t take up a lot of space. When folded they occupy around 60-100mm. They’re also lightweight and durable which makes folding workbenches in the UK highly portable. 

Portable workbenches are also easy to erect and dismantle. The collapsable legs are designed for easy storage whilst a simple locking solution ensures the legs have stability when in use. 

Cons of Folding Workbenches

Folding workbenches are typically designed to be portable. As a result, they can be too small for you to perform every job. You may also struggle to find a portable workbench that can support more than 400 kg of weight. And don’t forget to include exertion weight. 

Portable workbenches need a flat surface to keep them stable. If you’re at a customer’s home and they only have crazy paving, gravel or grass lawns, you may not get the purchase you need. Unstable workbenches also increase the risk of injury.

Because folding workbenches in the UK have limitations that can affect your professionalism, we feel there are better solutions. 

The Best Folding Work Table Solutions

After assessing the best folding workbenches in the UK, you may not find a solution that meets your needs. We hear you. That’s why Tecnolam has created an alternative solution that we feel works better than traditional folding workbenches. 

Our solution is to build a folding work table into the back of your van as part of a storage solution. Like van ladder storage ideas and van false floor drawers, folding workbenches can be pulled out on metal runners. This gives you the ability to pack them away when not in use, giving you more space to store equipment and manoeuvre in the back of your van. 

When built into the back of a van, folding work tables provide you with a robust construction that can support heavy weights. Our worktops are reinforced to allow you to perform jobs that require higher levels of intensity. 

We also add an integrated clamping system to give you more stability. If required we can also include extendable features to provide you with more space to work in comfort and perform your job to the best of your ability. 

The ability to work in the back of your van also means you won’t have to brave the elements. Moreover, you can also build other components around the workbench such as shelves, drawers, and cabinets. This makes it easier for you to access the tools and accessories you need to perform the job. 

As a matter of fact, there is a wide range of options to build an entire mobile workshop around your folding work table. Tell us what you do and our experts will design a mobile workshop that helps you do your job better. 

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