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Milwaukee Tool 52 in. 11-Drawer Mobile Workcenter Review 48-22-8522

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Milwaukee Tool added to their mobile workstation line with a new 52 inch, 11 drawer mobile workbench, 48-22-8522, that has been designed to hold more tools and be more ergonomic that prior models. One item that sets this apart from other workbenches is the reversible 1.2 in. thick wood top being elevated to allow use of clamps on 3 sides of the cabinet.  Being able to use the top for clamping is a time saver for any type of work.  The open top for clamping leaves the top 2 drawers open and visible.  This area is going to work differently for many people, but it provides easy access to many items.  It is also deep enough to fit jobsite organizers that could store fasteners or hardware.

Just like the 60″ model, the new 52″ work surface is 22 inches deep.  Professional tool storage systems will work in the drawers and space is available for larger or more tools.  The workbench is 41 inches tall for a better ergonomic standing position, especially if you are on the taller side. The top 2 open drawers are visible and conveniently accessible for your organizers, hardware, or can storage.

One of the largest changes from the 60″ model is a full-width drawer on the 52″.  We believe many people will choose the 52″ over the 60″ just for that drawer.  The 52″ offers the same soft closing, 100 lb. rated drawer slides that are awesome.  This workstation also has a power strip with USB outlets, many places to mount chargers or other items.

Drawer Sizes

  • Pullout drawers under wood top: (Two) 22.6 in. W x 21.4 in. D x 5 in. H
  • Full-width drawer: (One) 47.7 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 4.4 in. H.
  • Left side drawer bank: (One) 30.6 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 3.4 in. H, (One) 30.6 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 3.5 in. H, (One) 30.6 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 10.4 in. H.
  • Right side drawer bank: (One) 14.7 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 2.3 in. H, (Three) 14.7 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 2.4 in. H, (One) 14.7 in. W x 19.9 in. D x 7.5 in. H

Model # 48-22-8552 Features

  • Full extension, soft-close, 100 lb. rated ball bearing drawer slides
  • Reinforced 6-Gauge angle iron trolley base frame provides 1,800 lb. load capacity
  • 1.2 in. solid wood top is coated on all 6 sides for protection and durability
  • Deep bottom drawer has a double set of 100 lb. slides and power tool organizers
  • Large, push bar style, steel tubular side handle can be mounted on either right or left side of cabinet
  • Four 5 in. x 2 in. industrial grade, polypropylene casters
  • Barrel key internal locking mechanism
  • 6-outlet UL listed power bar with two 2.1 Amp USB charging ports
  • Pre-cut, premium solid drawer liners
  • Non-marking corner bumpers
  • Bolt-on side storage shelf
  • Adjustable long tool holder
  • Assembled dimensions with handle and casters installed: 55.4 in. W x 22.3 in. D x 41.1 in. H
  • Weighs approximately 346 lbs.

60″ vs 52″ Workbenches

From our perspective, we would like to take a few items from Milwaukee’s 60″ workbench and combine them with some items from the 52″.  First, the full width drawer on the 52″ is huge to us.  The clamping is nice on the 52″, but that one large side drawer on the 60″ is really nice for a chop saw or other larger items.  The model you choose will depend mostly on how you will use the workstation.

The 52″ stands out a bit more to woodworkers who might want to use this as a small assembly table in their workshop.  The layout provides woodworkers places for longer measuring and marking tools along with open access to fasteners.  Optional side storage can hold screwdrivers to nut drivers.  Also, during the small assembly, one can choose what side the handle and swivel casters are on to make it work best in your shop.

Power is a nice option but we fell that this workstation would be best fit in the center of the room.  Planting it next to a wall might not be the best application.  This workstation and its brothers are some of the nicer ones on the market for the price.  Whatever you choose, you won’t go wrong.

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