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HTC Portamate HTC PBR-001 PortaMate Wood Rack

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Review by David Grimes posted 1165 days ago 4042 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just added this to my still-going-together garage shop last week. I’m still moving in, but have already started a couple of projects. As usual, I’m left with some plywood drops that will be usable on future projects, but I needed a place to store them until that time. I had a spot that was not being used for anything else, so I ordered this wood rack.

I paid $52.64 with free shipping. It arrived fully clothed and unbeaten by Fed-ex. Installation was twelve screws for the twelve brackets, then six screws to mount the verticals to the wall.

It has a 660 lb. rating (110 ibs, per level x 6 levels) and I believe it could handle that with no problem. The brackets are 12” out from the wall. The instructions recommend 4’ to 6’ spacing between the verticals. I went with the 4’ because most of what I will store on this rack will be less than 6 feet in length. I mounted mine above a receptacle and in the middle of an almost 10 foot wall, so I can put 8’ goods on all but the top rack that lines up with other storage bins. In fact, I have already cut and painted a 48” wide by 12” 3/4” plywood shelf that I will screw into the top of this for more shelf storage space.

Very well made, looks nice (I think),sturdy,very inexpensive, easy to assemble, and very useful for my needs.

I recommend this to anyone needing 6 levels of horizontal wood storage.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia




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#1 posted 1165 days ago

Thanks for the review David. I could use something like that (and, I haven’t spent any money on anything for a while!). Where did you get it?

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#2 posted 1165 days ago

Amazon.com. I just checked and it is still the same price plus free shipping. Take care.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 1164 days ago

Thanks for the post – when looking at the picture and seeing the comment about screwing the uprights to the wall, I realised that the old uprights and supports that I have lurking around from shelves I removed some time ago would do exactly the same job.

As I mentioned elsewhere today, I never throw anything away, but I wonder why I never thought of using these redundant parts this way before – Doh!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#4 posted 1162 days ago

Don,

I’m a bit of a pack rat myself.

Yes, this has uprights but they are steel tubes. The “brackets” are also steel tubes that slip over the upright and slide down to a set screw that keeps them in place.

Shelving standards (the uprights) and brackets are not very similar at all. We all know that a bracket wants to come off at the worst possible time from any upward bump. This can not do that (come loose) unless the steel itself fails.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 1162 days ago

I take your point David, but the brackets in the system I have are quite difficult to remove, and probably impossible when loaded.
But I’ll look at the possibility of a ‘lock’ mechanism to make sure.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#6 posted 1158 days ago

Glad to hear its good in practice.. FYI Lee Valley has what I believe is the same unit on sale for ~$40 which is $51.00 shipped (or less if you have more stuff in the same order to spread the shipping out). I just got one in this week but haven’t had time to put it up yet (it is a bit of a slippery slope on starting an order there… sigh, just don’t look around to much :D).

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#7 posted 1036 days ago

I just bought this same rack yesterday at Lee Valley (Canada), only mine is a 5-shelf unit, but identical.. made by Port-A-Mate. $39.50 Canadian. I just finished installing it on the wall of my shop about 1/2 hour ago and it looks great. It’s time for some serious storage organization in the shop.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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#8 posted 1031 days ago

I just may add another. Truly a great value and sturdy as heck, too.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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