A Broad Array of Competitors
Because of the wide range of tasks it performs, Eli Tables will compete against a broad array of competitors across a wide price range.
At one end of the price spectrum are folding saw horses and saw horse brackets. This segment is dominated by Stanley, Fulton, Trojan, as well as imports.
At the mid-price level are work stands such as the Black & Decker Workmate® and devices of the same design from Stanley, Craftsman and the German firm Wolfcraft. Rockwell’s Jawhorse®, and the BenchMark™ Portable Work Table are other recent entrants in this category.
[Stanley Black & Decker is the parent of such Brand name giants as DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Bostich and others.]
The most recent entry is the Centipede Portable Work System; an iso-kinetic lattice (similar to a Hoberman Sphere) that instantly deploys into a grid of 15 support points over its 4′ x 8′ footprint. Keter has recently come to market with an ingenious folding table (with integral removable bar clamps); as has Kreg and Worx.
The Festool MTF/3 and Eureakazone’s EZ-ONE® Woodworking Center are not tool stands per se; but are saw “tables” which promise the functionality of a table saw in a more portable package. The Triton Ltd TWX7 goes even further. With interchangeable table-saw, cut-off saw and router modules as well as a basic assembly top insert.
It is clear that all of these manufacturers are responding to a hunger in the marketplace for new solutions to this age old constellation of jobsite problems. That no particular one has caught fire, indicates that they haven’t found the answer yet. Eli-Tables is that answer.