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Walko Portable Bench

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  • #58638

    I wish that they still distributed these in the US — they seemed like they would be popular — so cool and perfect for track saw use and onsite use.

    Orange County, CA

    #58646
    redwood
    Pro

    Those are pretty cool. What happenen to them? It looks like they are from Festool Austrailia. Were they ever available here?

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #58649

    They were available here for a few years — Woodcraft actually carried them for awhile as did Amazon. My guess is the market was just not here and so they stopped importing them. I believe that they are made in the Netherlands — it is a Dutch business. Very innovative in my opinion.

    Orange County, CA

    #58651
    redwood
    Pro

    I would imagine they weren’t inexpensive. I wouldn’t mind having something like that, at a reasonable price. Though my idea of reasonable is not the same as Festools.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #58653

    LOL…I believe it was $350 – $600 depending on the size and options when it was available.

    Orange County, CA

    #58678

    The comments on this post about the bench are interesting… a bit stronger of a response than Mark had, haha…

    http://toolmonger.com/2009/03/11/walko-workbench/

    But I may be with Mark on this one – it definitely seems like a really interesting option, but man, $700+ is hard to swallow.

    And FYI, this place in CT claims to have it in their store… http://www.woodworkersclubnorwalk.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Walko-4
    It might not be updated of late, so that could be why. Otherwise, it would be better to pay them shipping over somebody from Europe.

    Also, Eagle Tools (via Walko’s website) is supposed to carry Walko products as well.
    http://eagle-tools.com

    John S

    #58696
    redwood
    Pro

    The price doesn’t surprise me, after all it is Festool. A lot of their accessories appear to be overpriced, but that does not make them any less desireable.

    I would pay the $300 for the setup today, $700, not until I strike it rich.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #58706
    svensshutters
    Pro
    Colorado Springs, CO

    This is a very nice solution, I love it, but I’m with Mark, $700 is much. I love me some tools, but I don’t know if it is worth spending that much. Here’s another video:

    If you notice at 1:16, the saw cuts through the plastic of the setup. I wonder if those are sacrificial and can be cheaply and easily replaced. I would think it a shame to cut through a $700 work table. If I had to have something I think I would go back to the Jawhorse.

    #58712

    It looks like the blade bit into the metal also. Not what I would want to be doing to a $700 table. Great flexibility in uses though. What was the aluminum frame material we had on another thread? It probably be cheaper to set up a frame of that to handle the size table top you want and give you the light weight. You could easily replace the top if your cuts compromised it.

    #58718
    svensshutters
    Pro
    Colorado Springs, CO

    It looks like the blade bit into the metal also. Not what I would want to be doing to a $700 table. Great flexibility in uses though. What was the aluminum frame material we had on another thread? It probably be cheaper to set up a frame of that to handle the size table top you want and give you the light weight. You could easily replace the top if your cuts compromised it.

    I was thinking the same thing about 80/20 stuff. The hinges and feet are the thing that I have the most thought with using the 80/20. What I like about the 80/20 is that you could use a router to trip a piece of wood to go into the channels of the 80/20 and thus have something that is sacrificial for cutting.

    #58722

    Good thoughts all – maybe one of you should design an equivalent using 80/20 and save us all the pain and time 😛

    But I would definitely not be cutting into my bench at that cost either :\ very strange

    John S

    #58728

    The price doesn’t surprise me, after all it is Festool. A lot of their accessories appear to be overpriced, but that does not make them any less desireable.

    I would pay the $300 for the setup today, $700, not until I strike it rich.

    Just to clarify — this is not a Festool product — actually a different company that happens to use the grid hole pattern to be used with Festool tools.

    Orange County, CA

    #58729

    The comments on this post about the bench are interesting… a bit stronger of a response than Mark had, haha…

    http://toolmonger.com/2009/03/11/walko-workbench/

    But I may be with Mark on this one – it definitely seems like a really interesting option, but man, $700+ is hard to swallow.

    And FYI, this place in CT claims to have it in their store… http://www.woodworkersclubnorwalk.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Walko-4<br>
    It might not be updated of late, so that could be why. Otherwise, it would be better to pay them shipping over somebody from Europe.

    Also, Eagle Tools (via Walko’s website) is supposed to carry Walko products as well.

    http://eagle-tools.com

    Interesting about Eagle Tools – I will have to call them and see if they still carry them. I have bought things from them over the years and they are great to deal with, but their website has never been updated and limited in offerings and information. Jesse is a great guy if you ever need to buy machinery.

    Orange County, CA

    #58740
    redwood
    Pro

    The price doesn’t surprise me, after all it is Festool. A lot of their accessories appear to be overpriced, but that does not make them any less desireable.

    I would pay the $300 for the setup today, $700, not until I strike it rich.

    Just to clarify — this is not a Festool product — actually a different company that happens to use the grid hole pattern to be used with Festool tools.

    When I did a search for Walko, the first link was one for Festool Austrailia, which I guess carries the Walko.

    http://www.festool.com.au/workbenches-mobile-tables/worksite-table

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #58752
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    great idea but the price would be a barrier to entry.

    #58765

    The comments on this post about the bench are interesting… a bit stronger of a response than Mark had, haha…

    http://toolmonger.com/2009/03/11/walko-workbench/

    But I may be with Mark on this one – it definitely seems like a really interesting option, but man, $700+ is hard to swallow.

    And FYI, this place in CT claims to have it in their store… http://www.woodworkersclubnorwalk.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Walko-4<br><br>
    It might not be updated of late, so that could be why. Otherwise, it would be better to pay them shipping over somebody from Europe.

    Also, Eagle Tools (via Walko’s website) is supposed to carry Walko products as well.

    http://eagle-tools.com

    Interesting about Eagle Tools – I will have to call them and see if they still carry them. I have bought things from them over the years and they are great to deal with, but their website has never been updated and limited in offerings and information. Jesse is a great guy if you ever need to buy machinery.

    I was surprised to see Eagle tool’s website so… outdated considering the breed of tools they sell. The list on their site is nothing but super high-end. But the website is far from looking high end…
    Let us know what you find out – it would be nice if somebody stateside still carried it, just in case we struck it rich 😛

    John S

    #91427

    I was struck with sadness briefly realizing that these went from being available in the US to NAINA – anyone know the full reason why? Or if there exists a distributor from whence we can still get the walko? Anyone here intrigued by them besides me?

    John S

    #512848
    Doobie
    Moderator

    OLD THREAD WARNING!

    I have a Walko 3 and have been very happy with it.

    You can order them from the UK. Not cheap though.

    http://www.walko.nl/contents/en-uk/d22_WALKO_Vlak.html

    #512857
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I’ll stick with my Keter table.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #512900
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    OLD THREAD WARNING!

    I have a Walko 3 and have been very happy with it.

    You can order them from the UK. Not cheap though.

    http://www.walko.nl/contents/en-uk/d22_WALKO_Vlak.html

    it is interesting but is it better than your keter? did you end up getting a keter?

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