Top 10 must haves for the ideal workshop

Any of these on your dream workshop list?

Posted: 11 December 2010
by Visordown News

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EVERYONE'S GOT their own idea of what they'd like to see in their 'perfect workshop' - things that make any maintenance job that much more enjoyable.

With that in mind, we've asked around the industry for the things that the pros would like to see in their ideal workshop, other than good quality tools - here's the Top 10 items that proved most popular:

Hydraulic workbench:

If you've worked on your motorcycle in the past then you've probably spent some of your time grovelling around on a cold floor, trying to adjust your chain, change a wheel or locate a hidden sump plug.

Check out any professional motorcycle garage workshop and you'll almost certainly find one or more hydraulic benches commanding centre stage. They're easy to use, can be operated on your own and can be bought new for around £400, or considerably less on the secondhand market. What's more, the bench brings your machine up to the perfect height to work on your machine, before gracefully lowering to the floor once the job's done. Just ensure you tie-strap your machine to the bench before lifting for added security.

Ideal for those with a bad lower back.

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What happened to a kettle and teapot?

Most important part of a workshop!

Posted: 10/03/2011 at 03:31

Beer fridge

Posted: 23/07/2011 at 05:59

Panic room for when the wife finds the bike bits being cleaned in the dishwasher.

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 10:47

£30 for a tool board? I think my chipboard one cost about half that to knock together.

£80 for a workbench? How about an old kitchen table (treat her/him-in-doors to a new one, and claim the old one for the garage... everyone's a winner!).

£90 for a propane heater... or about a tenner for an electric one. It's a garage, not a hot-air balloon.

Seems like it's not just the bike manufacturers that think we're all made of money!

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 02:12

@ Dave

An electric heater sometimes won't cut it for a cold garage. Propane puts out a ton of heat and is actually cheaper in the long run.

in my climate I need dual propane heaters in the garage, best investment I ever made!

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:06

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