Disston Omnitable Portable Workbench: 500-Lb Load, A Million Uses
In the wake of Tim setting his Cadillac atop four Husky workbenches, we caught wind of the Disston Omnitable. This one’s an interesting and genuinely intriguing animal, so let’s get right down to it!
- 4-in-1 design: workbench, dolly, creeper, and scaffold (step stool)
- 500-pound capacity
- DIY-level product with some Pro potential
What They Say
First off, the Disston Omnitable claims to be a 4-in-1 workbench. Those functions include a 500-pound load workbench, scaffold, dolly, and creeper. Take the scaffold idea with a grain of salt – it’s really a step stool.
The list of what you can do with a table like this is only limited by your imagination. To help, Disston provides a list of problems their workbench solves.
- You want the ability to go high and low: you get multiple heights to work from including a creeper
- You mess up your measurements: the cutting groove keeps things straight and there’s a built-in protractor
- You use more than one electric tool on a project: run an extension cord to power three outlets on the table
- You lose everything: there’s a storage tray
- You want to be able to work anywhere: that’s why it adjusts for height and has wheels
- You need something that will last: the table uses a durable cutting and steel hammer surface
Let’s move beyond the marketing talk for a bit and take a look at some of the individual features built-in to the Disston Omnitable.
- Reversible top panel
- Steel hammer surface
- Non-slip stepping surface
- Built-in protractor
- 110V, 3-outlet power strip (connect an extension cord for power)
- Cutting groove
- Carry handle
- Rope connector
- Accessory tray
- Drill hole
- Cutting surface
Realistic Professional Use?
When I consider what I would use the Disston Omnitable for on a professional level, it cuts those features in half or so. The biggest help for me is at its full height for a workbench and as a step stool when I need it. The cutting, drilling, and hammering features can be genuinely helpful there. I’ll still need miter saw and table saw stands in addition to carrying it. It does appear to transport easily, though.
But that’s thinking from a fairly limited residential construction perspective. Still, if you consider it from your specific trade, it’s pretty obvious that the Omnitable can’t be everything to everyone.
The biggest winner here is the DIYer, simply because it’s much more feasible to see homeowners making use of more of the functions that it offers. You’re changing your oil one weekend, painting the living room the next, and then moving on build a pergola. It makes a lot of sense for anyone who tackles such a wide variety of projects.
The fact that the table folds up to 4.2 inches thick means it can store easily in a shop, garage, or trailer. With a price tag just under $110, it’s actually very competitive in the field of portable workbenches. With that kind of pricing, it makes sense to give check it out for yourself even if you won’t use all of its functions.
Disston Omnitable Specifications
- Model: Disston 30140
- Capacity: 500 pounds
- Top Surface: 37.5 x 18.2 inches
- Weight: 32 pounds
- Price: $109.99