FAQ – Operation on Uneven Ground

The redundancy of multiple struts and the flexibility of the cross bars ensure that not every strut needs to reach the ground. It truly a function of the intended load – if there is anywhere near 3,000 pounds of materials to be loaded onto a Centipede™ Support XL, then yes a flat surface is essential. However, if its going to be used as a sawhorse or bench top power tool stand, then pretty much anywhere but an incline will do.

Uneven Ground Application Photos

Here are some photos of the Centipede™ Sawhorse and Centipede™ Support XL in use on rough dirt and uneven ground surfaces.



Other Images

Here’s a pic Tweeted by I Hate My Bath’s Jeff Devlin showing his Centipede Sawhorse miter saw set up on some pretty rough ground:

This gentleman in Britain chocked up half of his Centipede Sawhorse to use in the yard:

#Centipede Sawhorse used as a portable table for a framing project from John Roberts.

Posted by Centipede Tool on Thursday, July 10, 2014


Original Illustration

Here is one of our early attempts to illustrate the function over uneven ground.

Some photos and a short clip illustrating the mechanics of a Centipede Support XL over a pothole that prevents 5 of the 15 struts from reaching the ground.


  • When working on uneven ground, the maximum load rating is significantly reduced. Ensure sufficient platform strength to distribute weight across the surface of the unit.
  • Do not stand or walk on a Centipede Sawhorse or Support XL – these pictures and video were taken only to represent a load on top of the surface.

The Pothole

It’s probably about 6″ deep at the deepest point. The grass and the blacktop on either side are a couple inches different in height as well.

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The Setup

5 legs were unsupported by the ground. A 6th leg was only half on the blacktop.

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Add a Couple Hundred Pounds

I’m not at liberty to tell you how much weight is actually added when Ed stood on top of the Centipede Support XL, but we were very happy that there was no visible stress on the unsupported legs. It is plain to see that Ed is adding his weight to the supported side of the Support XL, but it is still operational as a cutting table. Of course you wouldn’t put weight on an unsupported corner of any table!


A Bit of Video to Better Illustrate the Mechanics


A Couple More Pics…

(This is really hard to show the legs that aren’t on the ground with 2D photos! These came from a different camera than the ones above)

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