39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2009
This toy is exactly what I have been looking for for my going on 2 year old. It's rated for ages 3 and up and it's a good size that I know he can enjoy it for years to come. I will first explain who I am and then my experience from opening the box on. I am a 31 year old first time mother with a college education. I was able to easily carry the box upstairs to the room where I planned on assembling it. I took all the contents out and made sure I had all the parts before starting (there are lots of parts). You will need 2 tools to put it together: a screwdriver (either kind is fine) and some cutting pliers. When I first started putting it together, it seemed kind of flimsy, but I didn't pay much for this (50% off retail), so I wasn't expecting too much. After I figured how how the parts snapped together, it was smooth sailing after that. It didn't take me long to assemble it and I was able to do the whole thing by myself. I was impressed with the large screws that you use to put it together and the finished product was much sturdier and impressive than I first imagined. My cutting pliers came in a set of tools I got for free, so they weren't that great, but still did the job, however, I did need to sand down some edges for safety. I suspect if you have a real pair, little to no sanding would be needed. My son started playing with it immediately expressing much joy with the product. It's a Christmas gift, however, so he will have to wait another month before he see's it again, but I can't wait for him to play with it again! I am so satisfied with this product, I think I am going to also get the American Plastic Toy Homestyle Kitchen (and maybe find some new cutting pliers).
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2012
I bought this workbench from the grocery chain, Aldi. They carried it over the holidays and I waited until they put it on sale (half off) after the holidays and so got it much cheaper than Amazon's price. It is a well-made workbench. I love the fact that it is made in the USA (with the exception of the electronics, it says - which is only the drill - requires 2-AA batteries). The set was well-packaged and very easy to put together. The instructions showed good picture illustrations for each step. The pieces to be assembled are lettered on the instructions as well as on the back of the piece. So, was fun for my 3-year-old to help me find the right letter and easy for me (even though I'm not that great at building things)! There are metal screws that are used to hold the workbench together in key areas and so I find it very well-built. The two drawers in the front work very well (and have a piece that you screw into the bottom of them so the child doesn't pull it all of the way out while playing). The two doors in the front slide from side to side for even more storage. The plastic play screws work well in the holes in the top of the workbench and my son is learning which way to screw to make them go into the holes (yes, it is educational)! I highly recommend this toy!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2012
This is a great toy! We were unsure at first but have been searching for a tool bench for awhile and were unhappy with what's out there. The first major perk I saw with this is that it is made in the USA which is a huge sellIng point for me. It did take an hour to assemble and we are pretty quick and good at this type of thing. The drill is cool, it has a reverse so you can screw and unscrew the screws into the table top. The drawers and cabinets are holding up well, and my 2 year old has stood on it several times and it's holding up to that too. Overall I would buy this again for sure, and we are very happy with it.
33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2008
This tool bench had the cheapest plastic I have ever seen, I felt like I was going to break it just by putting it together, and then the pieces didn't even fit! The tools are definitely not what they look like, much cheaper. Then the whole thing came in 2 smaller boxes that were taped together!! Are you kidding me? Was this some floor model that you're selling me "New"? I returned it none the less, what a joke and disappointment.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2012
I bought this workbench for my grandson's 3rd birthday. He really, really likes it; calls it his "toy builder." It's durable plastic and seems like it will hold up to an active 3 year old. Of course, the most popular tool is the hammer. I had it shipped directly to grandson's house, so my son had the privilege of putting it together, which he said took about 45 minutes and was "pretty easy, really." So all in all, a big "thumbs up."
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
This Workbench was order for my 2yr old grandson for Christmas. I like to shop early, hence it was ordered in August. My husband went to put it together tonight and it is a nightmare. First off, it was a million peices but we were willing to work our way thru the directions and get it together. BUT, that was impossible since it was missing 2 major peices of the bench and the screws that would hold the whole workbench together. We made an effort to call the company - that didn't work and who knows who made the item. Next phone call Amazon.
On the positive side, the young man that I spoke with at Amazon was an excellent representative of what customer service should be at a large company. He looked at the order and inspite of the time frame when the item was ordered it, will be going back with what I hope will be a full refund.
On the flip side of the Amazon service, I hope they realize that this Workbench was ordered in good faith that it would be a quality ltem. I have learned a hard lesson - READ the Amazon reviews before ordering an item - they tell the truth. But, you would think that Amazon would drop an item that has poor reviews instead of continuing to sell an inferior item to their customers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
I bought this workbench for my two year old grandson. He loves it and played with it immediately. He really enjoys the powered drill and the bench is a perfect height for him. The plastic is a little thin but the toy went together well, and I was surprised at some of the extra thought put into the slide of the panels and drawer. I build the toy eaisly myself and I am the Nana.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
We have owned this for a year now, so I think it has been enough time to give it a fair rating. I rated this 4 star because it's a great product at a great price and it's made in the USA. It would be nice if the material used was a bit sturdier.
Out of the box this seems pretty flimsy, and cheaply made which made me question my purchase. I put this together myself, and I have to say, it was a pretty simple project. You will need a screwdriver, either kind will do, wire cutters, and you may want to sand down some of the sharp edges (from taking pieces apart) when construction is completed. Instructions that are included are very well written and include illustrations to make it even easier, and all the parts have identifying letters on them. The hardware used to put it together was good size and quality so that made me feel better about the product in general. I think the entire assembly took me roughly 40 minutes from taking it out of the box and checking parts lists, to completion. Then I spent another 10-15 mins. making sure all sharp edges were sanded down. Once assembled, this workbench is much more sturdy and well built than I had originally thought, and I was quite impressed. I'm sure it will hold up to many years of rough play.
All in all, this workbench was exactly what I was looking for! It is equipped with everything necessary for hours/years of fun! Initially, I left the four screws out that attached the legs to the bench so that it would be easier for my grandson (who was 18 mos.) to sit and play. So it really 'grew' with him, because when he turned 2 and was more stable on his feet, we attached the legs. He now climbs all over this bench, and it is still holding strong.
The bench top is hard plastic and has holes for hammering or drilling the included nails, nuts, bolts and gears. It also has an attached vice grip that has a crank handle to hold items. The back board has sectioned trays in the center to hold all the parts and pegboard on each side so your little ones can attach hooks and hang their tools wherever they choose. Under the workbench there is lots of room for storage, with 2 sliding doors that work, and 2 drawers on the bottom with stops on them to prevent them from being pulled out completely. Lots of room so you can add more fun to this set.
Tools included are a ruler, hammer, wrench, screwdriver and the most popular and fun piece of all, a battery operated reversible drill. (This takes 2 AA batteries) There is also a cell phone so your busy little worker can take calls.
I have enjoyed watching my grandson play with this workbench and it's many parts for a year now, and he and the bench are both going strong! I highly recommend this item for anyone that has a tool lover on their gift list, add a hard hat, and you're good to go! All that's left is to sit back and enjoy the fun!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
Let's be honest, it's all plastic, it bends and you push it to get it together, and 6 screws, but back it up next to the wall and it's sturdy enough to play on, daughter loves the drill, can already take out screws with it, good first tool bench.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
I got this at Aldi's for $30.00 and it has been her favorite toy so far this Christmas. It has screws and bolts and a power drill that can actually get the screws into the pre drilled holes ! I hope that lasts a long time because she loves using it, even though she needs a lot of help to get it to operate (toy rated for 3+ and she is almost two).
I was glad I read the reviews because the toy does come in a million pieces so I knew to have my favorite toy assembler on hand to put it together. I think it took about 90 minutes and there was a lot of pieces which needed to be snipped apart and then we sanded the sharp edges down till they were not a safety issue.
It is great. she loved it right away and heads for it every chance she gets. I think she will get a lot of had-eye coordination practice from it.
It feels a little light so I would think it is not durable but it all feels tight and snug and I can't say that it isn't going to last, I just do not know.
You need to put in a little time on the front end to assemble the toy but it certainly will pay you back with a happy kid.