Boy, there are sure going to be lots of opinions on this one.
I own a set by Fulton I bought them because space on a truck is at a
premium and these fold up small enough to always carry along. Good wood
homemade wood horses are better and stronger, but are awkward to carry.
Keep the whole world singing. . .
I have a set of the Home Depot saw horses. They are great, they fold up and
they are adjustable for height and also have extenders to eetend them out to 4
feet wide. The only downside to them is the plastic is slippery so wood tends
to slide around a bit but a few quick clamps will solve that.
I have six sets of folding plastic horses by (various makers).
Not bothered by termites/bugs.
Not affected by repeated exposure to rain.
Support most common workloads.
Light weight (big + at the end of the day).
Accidental deep saw cut through the top rail and it's trash.
Make some wood caps that drop over the tops of the plastic horses. Assemble
the caps with screws, deep cuts can be repaired by replacing one or more boards
on the cap. Things can be screwed directly to the wood cap. The caps can
extend the support surface and create a larger contact surface. Carpet pad can
be glued to the tops of the caps to prevent work from sliding.
The plastic ones are crap crappy crap. make sure you get the metal ones
their about 20$ for a pair I have 2 types one has a hinge the other
pair has a cabel that connects the legs the one with the cable isnt
designed very well. but its still better than a plastic sawhorse
I have two types, the plastic fold up ones and some metal ones. For
the expense, I'd likely go with the plastic, though they aren't as
heavy duty and aren't adjustable. The plastic were something like $40
a pair, the metal were double that amount. Easy to store, easy to move
That said, a lot of times I'll job-build a set of wood sawhorses.
With 2x6 top rails I can cut into the rail without fear while ripping
plywood or whatever. I also tend to build them 5' wide. Built from
basically scraps, they take 20 minutes to knock together and get
disposed of after the job.
It's more complicated to make recommendations than you would
expect. Different folding sawhorses fold in different ways and have
other features that make them good for one job but not so good for
For example I have a pair of Stanley ones that are not as
compact as other brands and designs, but they serve me well because I
can adjust the height quickly and easily, which is important to me.
If I needed them to be more compact, I would have chosen a different
design. I also count it an advantage that mine are all plastic
because they get left in the rain on occasion.
So we need to know more particulars such as the kind of work
he does or why they must be folded. Is the goal to save as much space
as possible? Is it important to him that they adjust and adjust
easily? Does he need to have them be able to support a certain
weight? Where will he store them?
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