|Review by PASs||posted 03-12-2013 01:31 AM||7763 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I do some subcontract for the US Navy building shipping crates for Aircraft Carrier Flight-deck equipment.
Since I do the work on-site I needed some collapsible or folding sawhorses.
I bought a couple of the yellow painted steel sawhorses from Home depot, but they moved too much when working on heavier crates (over 500 pounds).
I ended up with some made by Toughbuilt which were better, but after a while they loosened up. And since they were made of steel I was always concerned about cutting or drilling into them.
I did some research, including here on LJ and discovered Trojan Tools.com. I was impressed by the design, and the reviews sounded good, but the price was a little much for me at the time.
A couple of weeks ago a got a bigger contract for 38 shipping skids.
The work required 4×6 lumber 16 feet long.
As I was working by myself moving the lumber onto the sawhorses was “less gentle” than with two people.
The Toughbuilt sawhorses started getting beat up and wobbly to the extent I was concerned they might collapse.
I clamped and braced them to finish the contract, then went home and ordered a couple sets of the Trojans.
They got here today and I did a little work on them here at the house.
They come un-assembled with simple yet clear instructions…got both sets together in about 15 minutes.
The legs do not assemble to each other, they clamp around 2x lumber you provide.
The nice thing is you can put about any size 2x in them you want.
I got a couple of 2×6s 12 feet long, but I could have easily gone 16 feet, length doesn’t matter as the feet can be clamped anywhere along the 2x.
In my case the 12 footers will allow me to work with 16 foot lumber with no problem.
It took a couple of tries to get the hang of working the clamping action, but even the couple of times I didn’t get the 2x fully seated in the saddle the teeth still bit into the wood well enough to give an incredibly sturdy feeling joint.
I notched the 2×6s to accept cross members from the old sawhorses to make an assembly ‘table 12 feet long and 5 feet wide. This is also long enough to work full sheets of plywood.
I didn’t want to play with any 4×6s on my day off, but I had some shipping crates in the driveway and demolished them on the table.
The crates were only 50 or 60 pounds each, but instead of trying to pry them apart I beat them apart with a sledge and wrecking bar.
The Trojans didn’t even budge.
After I beat the crates apart I beat the nails over and down, then cut everything into pieces small enough to fit in the chiminea to burn them. Since the Trojan with 2×6s has 3 1/2 inches of clearance from the top of the lumber to the top of the sawhorse there was no way I could cut into the metal using a 7 1/4 inch saw. I didn’t even try to move the pieces so I wouldn’t hit the supports I just threw them on the table and cut away.
I do look forward to building a bigger crate using the table…and tomorrow is the day, a crate 4×8 feet and 4 feet tall.
Will try to get some photos tomorrow and post an update, but already the Trojans have clearly outperformed any other portable sawhorse I’ve owned.
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."