Review of the TANOS MW 1000 mobile workshop


Versatility and convenience come standard with the TANOS MW 1000 mobile workshop

The TANOS mobile workshop is a robust working platform and an integrated storage system. Its convenience is amazing once you are on the platform. TANOS has absolutely packed the MW 1000 with useful features that make it a great solution for a number of on-the-go applications.


  • Easy to carry
  • Easy to adjust
  • Compact footprint
  • Multiple configurations
  • Folding work table included
  • Replaceable MDF top with 20mm hole grid for clamp / scent dogs etc.

The inconvenients

  • On the expensive side for some people
  • MDF tops are not weatherproof

Versatility of the TANOS mobile workshop

I feel like I find a new feature every time I watch the TANOS mobile workshop. The design of the MW 1000 is entirely focused on the user experience. TANOS takes the best form and function and combines the two in one easily organized multifunctional platform.

This platform is compatible with TANOS Systainer toolbox configurations for convenient and secure storage (Festool systainers are also compatible). Why is this important? This function essentially transforms the MW 1000 into a tool bench for the Swiss army. This portable workbench combines your toolboxes with a sturdy mobile workspace, effectively allowing you to work anywhere.

The versatile nature of this mobile workshop is what makes it so appealing. You can choose which Systainer³ and / or T-Loc boxes you want to bring depending on the job.

Installation of the MDF multi-position table top

The removable work table can be fixed on all four sides. Similar to how tongue-and-groove flooring works, the edge of the tray matches the edge of the cart tray. Even though there is no clamp, it is a secure grip, much like a French cleat. In fact, once attached, it doesn’t move at all, not even from side to side.

On the other side of the bench, a folding foot takes care of stabilizing your workspace. Among the more subtle features, three adjustable feet help keep your countertop level. Two are on the fold-out leg and a third on the base of the cart. This three-legged approach ensures that there is no oscillation on the worktop.

Tanos mobile workshop adjustable feet

The TANOS mobile workshop MDF countertop has a series of bench dog holes so you don’t have to make your own for clamping. The top of the cart also includes slots that match the systainer feet and a V-groove for your round materials.

When the job is done, simply store the bench neatly on its back. Although it looks like the handle will secure the top of itself, this is a multi-position handle, so you need to secure the top using the included strap.

The MDF top is replaceable if you wear it out or damage it. MDF is not water-friendly, so it is best to transport the system in a van or enclosed trailer rather than in the back of a truck.

Systainer storage options

The cart base has room for a small systainer (like a MINI) under standard width boxes and a T-lock ensures these boxes attach to the base the same way they do to each other .

There is also an adjustable height sliding drawer which is really useful for those items that you need to access more frequently. Unfold the tabs on either side and you can adjust the height to accommodate larger Systainer and T-Loc boxes. This also includes the ability to adjust the height of the corner bumpers on the frame. Finally, TANOS allows you to completely remove the drawer if you don’t need it for a particular job.

Tanos mobile workshop sliding drawer

Transport of the TANOS mobile workshop

The wheels of this system are wonderfully smooth. The combination of proper fit, selection of bearings and softer wheels helps it roll easily on most surfaces. Note that these are not large all-terrain wheels, however. It is not a system designed to hang out on bare ground like you would with a portable generator.

There are a few other details that make the transportation a bit easier. The handle aligns with the wheels and allows it to snap into a wall. In addition to a handle at the bottom, TANOS has added two plastic guards to the handle that help it slide smoothly when loading into a work van.

All in all, this mobile workstation is easy to move and turn in tight spaces, so loading / unloading into your van or trailer is not as painful as with other systems.

As a warning, TANOS does NOT recommend hanging the MW 1000 by the handle. Although the handle is very strong, it is not designed to support the weight of the set.

What it is not

It is important to keep in mind that this is not a replacement for your rolling or semi-permanent workbench. It doesn’t have the size or weight capacity you would expect from these benches and cabinets. Instead, you can take the essentials with you in a compact and organized platform, reducing the need for additional sawhorses or folding tables for on-site work.

TANOS mobile workshop price

Expect to pay $ 655.85 for the MW 1000 at your local TANOS dealer. This includes the trolley with the adjustable drawer and the worktop. Systainers are sold separately.

The bottom line

TANOS targets on-site professionals with their versatile Mobile Workshop, but it’s not for everyone. MDF tops are not weatherproof, so you want to limit their exposure to the outdoors. While most of your work is done indoors after drying, this is a wonderfully convenient system for setting up and getting your work done without having to drag easels and plywood separate from your toolboxes.

Specifications of the TANOS mobile workshop

  • Model: TANOS MW 1000
  • Material: ABS, aluminum, MDF
  • Exterior dimensions (HxWxD): 46.65 x 23.62 x 25.24 inches.
  • Weight: 68.78 pounds

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