|Review by Tedstor||posted 05-10-2011 08:09 AM||2593 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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I bought this product about 8 months ago. At the time, they were on sale for $14.99. Thats about half what other roller stands of this quality cost and one-fifth of some of the pricier makes/models. When I got it home and took it out of the box, I inspected it for any obvious defects (bad welds, stripped hardware, etc). None were found. I then put it together with no issues.
After assembly, I adjusted the stand to various heights and firmly pushed down on it to test its sturdiness. It didn’t seem like it wanted to tip over or collapse. The manual claims it can support 132lbs. (nice even number LOL; you’d think the engineer would roll the dice and make it 135 or 140, but whatever).
I’ve used this stand a dozen or so times since I bought it. I’ve never come close to burdening it with 132lbs, so I can’t comment on that, but it had no problems supporting 2×12x10s that I did use it for. I’d venture to say this stand is plenty adequete for just about any typical home woodworking task, though i would suggest staying away from anything north of 90-100lbs.
The telescoping stand adjusts from 26.75 – 42.75”. Its secured via friction with a 5/16”ish threaded stud. The frame is made from powder coated square steel tube. Overall design and construction seems fine for the price.
Some of more expensive models have cast iron bases which explain their higher price point. If I had a frequent need for a roller stand, I’d probably spring for a cast iron model. However, for occasional light/med duty applications, this product has work quite well. When not it use, it folds up nicely and is easily hung on the wall.
Reg price on this one is currently $17.99, but is habitually on sale for $14.99. A coupon for $12.99 recently surfaced, and I used it to buy a second. Add this one to the HF gems list.
I gave it 5 stars because its every bit as good as the other economy roller stands, but at a much lower price. If I were to compare it against a heavy duty roller stand, I’d probably go with 3-4 stars.