Heavy duty work bench with retractable wheels

Recently, a customer of ours came in looking for a heavy duty bench for his shop – something that could be moved if necessary, but would also be rock solid when needed. We made this up for him: a powerful workbench with retractable wheels. A pair of hydraulic jacks, some heavy duty casters, and clever fabrication resulted in this beauty:

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Got a custom project of your own? Give us a call or stop by and we’ll work out a plan to get it handled.

Norlift sells new and used forklifts, new and used industrial racking, material handling products (think bins, shelving, handtrucks, pallet jacks, etc). And we look good doing it. Not as good as you’ll look buying it, though. We’re already a little jealous of you.

Need wheels or casters? We also do those. We carry everything from furniture glides and casters, to heavy duty industrial casters at Wheel and Caster. For highly entertaining reading on the subject of casters and wheels, check out The Caster Blog.

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  2. What are the specs on this beast?

    • A beast it is! The casters limit the weight capacity to 3,600lbs, though the bench frame alone would hold significantly more than that. It’s 42″ deep, 72″ wide, 36″ tall (the height varies with the jacking mechanism; 36″ is resting on the ground).

  3. I believe it’s 3″ on that one. Glad you like it!

  4. What kind of leveling mounts did you use?

    • Can you be more specific? My apologies, I’m not the fab guy 🙂 I can pass along a question to our team and get you an answer, but I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking about here.

      • At the bottom of the four legs there are the small rubber feet that look like they can adjust to level the table. What did the shop use for those and where did they buy them? Thanks for the response.

        • They are a swiveling adjustable isolation mount. We got them from our caster division, Wheel and Caster (www.wheelandcaster.com). They are made by Poly Mount. Currently, you’ll need to give W&C a call to order these as they’re not available on the website (1-888-535-4770). They sell for about $18.00 each.

  5. Love the workbench! Great design for sure. What sort of price would I have to pay for one? …less the vice of course. I’ve been considering something along these lines for my workshop. But I hadn’t considered making it portable due to the need to make it heavy/sturdy. I’ve been planning to do a workbench top of solid butcher-block construction.

    • Are you just looking for the frame to mount your own top on? Or the price of the full bench. I can get you a rough estimate of each (exact price varies given the cost of steel at the time).

  6. Exactly what I am looking for. Is this just a one-off or are you planning to make it available in your product line?

    • This particular bench was a custom order from a customer of ours. We do have a more standardized bench – slightly less heavy duty (you can still set a car on them, though, so they’re pretty tough). And on the standard ones, we use total lock casters instead of the jack system. Here’s a link to a post I did a while back about those.

      We do custom work like this per customer order, though – if you’re interested, I can put you in touch with our fab guy.

  7. I’m interested in getting an estimate of a similar bench but def less heavy duty and without the bar in the front (functioning more like a desk). Can I get the contact info for your fab guy?

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  10. Interest in rolling work bench shown

  11. I am trying to make a heavy duty, lightweight massage table base. I will be adding a removable foam padding to cover the top of the table.

    Not critical:
    A rubberized type tabletop might reduce slipping of the foam cover. Which cost effective but sturdy table top would you recommend?

    38 inches wide X 75 inches long.

    Easy to adjust, height adjustable legs.

    Lowest table top height 17 inches.
    Minimum working weight capacity 2000 lbs.

    If possible two holes in each end for the face cradled to insert.
    Hole size 3/4 inch diameter Hole spacing (distance apart) 8 inches from center of left hole to center of right hole.

    Cost with Casters which can be lifted off the ground to provide stability during the massage session.
    The purchase will depend on affordability.
    Thank you for your help.
    Brian Walters

  12. We are interested in getting a quote on this table. We would like the table dimension to be 10ft long and 3ft wide. The quantity will 4 tables.

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  14. What is the price

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    you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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  17. Looks great! I would like to get a quote for a work bench like this one. Please contact me. Thanks

  18. Hi,
    I am interest in a similar heavy duty bench but without the casters and relative hydraulic jacks and without a top.
    Can you give me a rough quote?


  19. Have you ever tried using Retractable Leveling Casters?

    Checkout these leveling casters and let me know what you think. They might be overkill?


  20. We’ll check those out, thanks.

  21. Hi. The tubing used here is what gauge. I am interested in knowing the the wall thickness of the square tubing. Also what is the weight of the top slab and how much weight can this thing work on.

  22. Thanks for your question. The square tubing we usually use is 3/16″ thick. The top is 3/4″ thick steel plate which weighs around 645 LBS (roughly 30.63LBS per square foot) and the working capacity is limited by casters at 3,600 LBS for the particular bench in the picture.

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