Setting Up The Worx Pegasus
A portable worktable is always handy. Especially for those of us who work out in the field. Literally, out in a field. I, for example, visit my own apiaries as well as those of my clients whose hives I tend and apiaries that I maintain. Many of them are urban in back yards, on roofs, even out near a street. Many others are out in rural areas, literally in or near farm fields.
It’s inevitable that at least weekly, if not multiple times a week, I will have to do some kind of work that requires me, or really, really helps make it go better, that I have some kind of usable work surface. For everything from cutting, gluing, fastening and more, I repair hives, assemble frames on the spot, fix or build stands, etc…
Working on the ground or at a low level hive stand can be done, but I don’t prefer it. If small work is in order, I REALLY don’t want to be working on the ground, on my knees if I don’t have to. I do have shop space to work in but not always or not convenient.
Now, I’ve had sawhorses at hand for years. When it comes to gluing, nailing, stapling, sanding, painting, and many other detail oriented tasks, it is SO much better to have them at waist level and on a steady, stable surface that I don’t have to fight. Sawhorses aren’t always the most stable nor do they do much more than give a base for a sheet of plywood or a board.
I happened upon the Worx Pegasus portable work table about six months ago and decided to see if it was worth having. I picked it up at a local Menard’s for just under $100 bucks. At first look, it seems to be a relatively sturdy grade PVC type material with aluminum or steel parts in strategic places to reinforce it’s durability. I bought it anyway, the extremely high number of 4 star and above reviews on 3 different sites piqued my interest.
It’s REALLY easy to set up. It’s easier to set up than a TV tray, or at least as easy. It only weighs about 25 pounds and can hold up to 1,000 pounds or 300 pounds depending on how it’s used.
This is a versatile item. While it is sold and primarily pitched a a portable work table, it can also be used as a sturdy sawhorse. As a sawhorse, it can hold up to 1,000 pounds. It has 2 grooves at each end as a sawhorse that will fit a 2 by board on it’s side in it to run across to another sawhorse. Pretty darn handy right off the bat and we haven’t even used it as a work table yet.
As a worktable, just pop up the two “wings” that form the table on each side of the sawhorse beam and you are ready to work. The tabletop can hold up to 300 pounds. Actually, they can hold more than that if the material is across the center of the horse. The pop up table sides are only rated at 300 pounds though.
The table does have a locking “shelf” below it between the feet of the horse and that helps it stand very sturdy, assuming you’re not set up on very un-level or disturbed ground. The shelf only holds about 20 lbs but it’s handy to put small stuff out of the way.
Now that we’ve got the table up and ready, it’s important to tell about a few handy features that come with it that make it even more useful. The first is the connection grommets that allow the table to be combined with other Worx tables. This adds extensibility to that if you work on bigger projects, you can have reliable added work area.
The second feature are the lock-in clamps that fit into the grooves on each side of the table to hold your work pieces firmly and securely. The clamps not only lock into the table itself, but can also be used independently and can close on the sides of the table to hold items firmly down against the table.
In that vein, the third feature are the bench dogs, 4 or them, that work to surround a piece laying on the table or in tandem as a wider area against the clamp for bigger pieces. The bench dogs can be that extra pair of hands to hold something in place while you use both hands to operate a tool.
That’s it. That’s all of the parts of the table and what they do. Take down is simple as well. Just pull a couple of clips on each side, slide the table tops down (AFTER you put the clamps that are stowed behind them) away. Kick up the bottom section and fold the unit up. It stores away very nicely.
Using The Worx Pegasus
I’ve got some action shots below using beekeeping equipment and “stuff” to give an idea of how this is basically one useful work bench that’s not only a good place to work on but practically another set of hands at the same time.
The Worx Pegasus is not a powered tool. However, it makes using powered tools and any other work you need to do onsite much easier. It’s relatively light-weight and not hard to carry, although, you have to carry it like a suitcase without a handle because it doesn’t have a handle. So, portability I give a solid B+.
Stability is important in any work bench. While, yes, it is made mostly of a high strength plastic with metal reinforcement, it is much sturdier than I expected. I can actually stand on this thing without a problem and I weigh about 315 pounds. This is very sturdy. The legs are kept from being unstable or wobbly with the stabilizing shelf below. A lot less shakiness or movement than others without the extra stabilizing. I have yet to have it even act like a problem. I give the strength and stability an A.
I love when I can do more with less. The versatility of this work bench is amazing to me in that not only is it a sold work table but a highly durable sawhorse as well. Not to mention it/s connectibility to other Worx worktables (they have about 3 kinds of other work tables besides this one for different purposes). Using the grommets expands it’s functionality and extensibility to do bigger jobs. It’s a work bench, it’s a sawhorse, it’s part of an extensible system. That’s an A right there if I ever saw one.
It’s easy to set up, it’s easy to store, it’s lightweight and easy to take it along. It carries all of it’s pieces and parts connected to it instead of having to have them carried separately. Portability is an A without a doubt.
This rates an overall A- with me. I can’t, as a handyman or a beekeeper, see myself not using this most of the time.
All said and done, this Worx Pegasus portable workbench is not only a contractor’s buddy, it’s a busy beekeeper’s best friend. It’s handy for building and repairing on location. It.s dandy for having a table or show stand at a presentation or class. I’ve used it to process honey and put heavy pails full of honey on it it to pour it into bottles waiting on a crate below it.
If you’re interested in more information on this work bench, please feel free to visit the Worx Pegasus web page to get all the details. Whether you buy it from the website, from Amazon, Menard’s or even Westlake Ace, you won’t regret finding out more about it at Worx and then getting one for yourself. You can buy me another one if you like. I can always use a couple at the Rescue and Teaching Apiary at Scatter Joy Acres. heh heh.