Pull up a pew: Best workshop seats

Best workshop seats
Best workshop seats
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If you have an elevating table, working on your motorcycle is so much easier than at ground level. However, they can still mean you need to get on your knees for certain jobs – working on brakes or changing oil, for example. A workshop seat helps in this situation.

With the typical demographic of today’s motorcyclist, knees are perhaps one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, so anything that helps preserve them is a good thing. That’s why kneeling on the ground or clambering underneath the bike is best avoided with a workshop seat.

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So here is a selection of ways to take a load off and stay comfy while you work on the bike with a some workshop seat.

Price: £22.95

Not a lot of money for a basic workshop seat; this padded seat on a metal frame and casters will do the job you need. It is capable of supporting 150Kg in weight and comes with a handy tray under the seat for tools or parts that you remove from the bike.

The casters allow you to move around to get that spanner you suddenly need but you will need to put it together before you use it.

Pros

  • Basic but effective
  • Padded seat
  • Huge weight capacity

Cons

  • None we can think of

The Jumbo Creeper from BikeTek is designed for the larger technician or user and is made from heavy-duty tubing and finished in chrome. It uses four 360° casters for movement and has a padded seat and a tool and parts storage tray underneath.

It also comes with a clip-on drink holder – in case your bench is just too far away – and is easy to put together.

Pros

  • Huge capacity
  • Cup holder
  • Storage tray

Cons

  • Expensive

A variation on a theme; this folding foam mat from ToolHub features six joined sections that can form a single-layer mat to lie on the ground, in case you need to get right underneath the bike; a two-layer mat to kneel on and save those ageing joints and a six-layer mat which effectively forms a seat.

Seems a lot for some foam, you can’t move it around like the others and it doesn’t seem as high but an interesting idea.

Pros

  • Three items in one
  • Simple concept
  • No assembly required

Cons

  • Immobile

Another creeper seat from BikeTek, this one features a pneumatic ram under the circular padded workshop seat to give an adjustable height for various tasks on the bike.

It still has four casters to allow movement and a tool tray under the seat and the pneumatic ram gives a maximum seat height of around 55cm from the ground.

Pros

  • Adjustable seat height
  • Padded seat
  • Tool tray

Cons

  • Expensive
Price: £99.50

Almost £100 is a lot of money for a creeper seat but this one packs a bit more to it. In addition to the metal frame, padded seat and four casters, it also has a three-drawer tool chest built-in, as well as an easily accessed tool storage tray on the rear.

This means if you spend a lot of time moving around bikes up on tables, then this will prevent repeated trips to the tool chest for essential hardware.

Pros

  • Tool-storage drawers
  • Casters
  • Padded seat

Cons

  • Need to use it constantly to get value

It's back to basics with this creeper from BikeTek through Sportsbikeshop. It's a simple metal frame with a padded seat on top and a tool or parts-storage tray underneath. It has four casters for easy movement around the bike or the workshop and is easy to put together.

Pros

  • Simple and effective
  • Four casters
  • Optimum seat height

Cons

  • Seems expensive
Price: £78.90

If you work on cars as well as bikes, then this might be the ticket to cover both work areas. It's a folding creeper that will form a flat six-wheeled creeper to allow you to slide under a car, or even a bike, lying prone to work above your head in tight spaces but then, fold up into a padded seat to work on the bike or other areas of a car.

The seat height comes out at around 42cm – perfect for working on the bike on a table off the ground.

Pros

  • Works as a seat or prone
  • Respected manufacturer
  • Well made

Cons

  • Flexibility little use for motorcycle mechanics

This plasticised steel rolling seat seems to be designed for not just mechanics but detailers too, with a sectioned storage area underneath the solid plastic seat to store products as well as tools.

The rubberised casters should roll well and the 35cm high seat seems to be a good height, but the non-padded top section could get uncomfortable after a while and the pricetag seems high.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Useful underseat storage
  • Rubber caster wheels

Cons

  • Non-padded seat

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