What to look for in a Heavy Duty Work Bench

The Heavy Duty Work Bench is a centerpiece for most workshops, garages and labs. Finding the proper bench is important if you want to ensure a safe, comfortable and efficient work area for your job site. The three most important factors to consider are: construction, surface material and size. A fourth consideration, accessories, is less vital but is worth discussing when choosing  workbenches for your workshop.

Construction

What the framework of the bench is made of is going to determine how much stress and strain it can take in a work environment. A bench made from stainless steel or similarly strong metal is ideal for a Heavy Duty Work Bench. You can also find benches made from heavy woods like oak or maple. While these may be aesthetically pleasing, metal would be a preferred framework to ensure a solid, strong bench.

Surface material

Like the frame construction, the Heavy Duty Work Bench surface material is going to be an important determining factor in what types of activities the workbench can support. A stainless steel surface is ideal due to its ability to endure heavy workloads. Plus a stainless steel bench top is also easy to clean in the event of spills, especially when working with chemicals. Wood surfaces, such as maple, offer a solid work surface that resist impacts and temperature variations. Plastic surfaces are also available and may be a good non-conductive choice for  benches used for electrical work.

Size

The size of the Heavy Duty Work Bench is going to be a very important determining factor in your purchasing decision. The width, depth and height measurements are going to decide placement of the bench in the workshop/lab. You are going to want to determine your size needs in advance of placing the bench. Your workplace needs should determine the size of your work bench. There is no harm in going slightly larger to take into account future workspace requirements.

Be sure to take the height factor into consideration when making your purchasing choice. This a consideration that is sometimes overlooked in favor of surface size. A properly height adjusted bench will ensure a comfortable work environment. This will lead to a more efficient work environment. An adjustable height work bench may be more expensive, but can provide for a more varied work experience.

Accessories

A Heavy Duty Work Bench can be accessorized to make a more efficient work environment. These include:

  • Storage drawers – These keep important tools and materials close at hand with attached under the bench storage drawers. Drawers can be made of steel or plastic.
  • Vertical storage – a pegboard attached to the back of the work bench can provide a tool storage area or even a place to hang shelving (for additional storage).
  • Under Shelves – These shelves are built under the workbench and provide for additional storage space for the work bench and surrounding work environment.
  • Backsplash – a raised edge that protects the surrounding area from spills and splatters on the workbench. Backsplashes can be found in a variety of heights. Backsplashes can be fitted in a variety of configuration to cover multiple sides of the work bench.

Your work needs, available space and budget will be the biggest factors when looking to purchase any type of Heavy Duty Work Benches. Since a work bench is usually the centerpiece of a workshop, careful consideration should be made when choosing a bench. A properly constructed workbench will keep the workflow moving. By taking the time to determine your needs you will find the perfect bench for your workspace.

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