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HOWDY FRIENDS & FELLOW MEMBERS!

I sincerely apologize for my absence in the past few months, my schedule has been absolutely crazy!

I'm not having very much time for wood working lately, even though I dearly love to do it - it's just that schedule thing!

An advertisement popped-up on my phone this morning for a product called the "BORA Centipede".

It looks very cool and the ad promised an "order today" special deal including several other products.

I've ordered one, it said it has been back-ordered; but not being in a rush - I can wait for delivery.

If any of you have one of these gadgets, I would dearly appreciate your comments on it.

THANKS SO MUCH!
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I've been wanting one of those for several years. Looks very useful.
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It looks really handy if you need to keep moving your work around.
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I have 3 of the original Centipede Saw horse systems from when they were first launched on kickstarter. They have been very handy. I have 2 of the 2x4 units and one of the 4x8 units. I reviewed the 2 x 4 a bunch of years ago here:

https://www.routerforums.com/tool-re...tml#post386211

I made do with just 2 of the smaller ones for years, then scored a 4 x 8 off of Craigslist later. I still mainly use the smaller ones, but the big one does come n handy at times

I love these things, they've been very handy over the years as tool supports, saw horses, tables for parties, etc. They made a few changes when they were sold by Lowes a few years back, so not all of the newer accessories fit mine, which is a shame since I accidentally hit one of the plastic supports with a saw (they were designed to be replaceable for that reason) and the new style don't fit mine.

The 4 x 8 unit is heavy, but it provides a rock solid support for full size sheets. It's close to truck bed height, so you can take a sheet of plywood right out of the truck bed and break it down.

My only gripe (and it's very minor) is the bags that the original ones came in are almost too small for the tool and the accessories. Getting everything to fit isn't always easy. As a result, I have all 3 of the saw horses out of the bags, and all the other bits combined in one of the bags.

I don't know what the Bora version adds or subtracts from the originals, but if they are similar you will probably not be dissapointed.
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I know I've seen the ad where they toss the thing up and it unfolds. But I thought I'd post a video of it. The video is pretty long, but the user has come up with some very nice ideas and uses. There are two similar mocels on Amazon, $130 for the older model: https://www.amazon.com/Centipede-Too...%2C207&sr=8-10

The newer model is the CK55 at $180. https://www.amazon.com/Bora-Centiped...s%2C210&sr=8-2

Weight is about 20 lbs for the 4x8 version. Height is 30 inches, but you can build a top to extend it higher for those suffering from tall guy syndrome. In the video the user has installed bench dog holes. And I can see it would be pretty simple to make a slide-in adapter to add an end vise. There are a number of accessories for it, and it comes with a couple of plastic clamps. Seems the older model holds up to 3,000 lbs vs the newer one holds up to 6,000 lbs.

I can see this would be great in my garage for breaking down BB ply by tossing a foam sheet on top or laying out 2x4 sacrificial lumber. At present, I lay the foam down on the concrete floor, but that is getting hard on my back. Is the $50 difference worth it? Have no idea.

Here's the video:
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