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I’ll go on record stating that I like my Workmate.  I’ve discussed it plenty here on Toolmonger here already — and you can see it in a number of our test pictures — so I’ll spare you the repeat.  What we want to know is what you think about the Workmate.

Is it too heavy for what it does?  Can it be replaced with a few sawhorses and some trigger clamps?  Are they getting too expensive in recent years?  Let us know what you think in comments.


68 Responses to Hot or Not? Black & Decker’s Workmate

  1. Kaden says:

    Bought one at a yard sale a few years ago for $10.00 Cdn; before it ever made it into the shop it was co-opted into a life in rawk ‘n roll as my behind-the-drumkit workstation: It holds my laptop, mixer and TD-8 brain comfortably on the deck with the annoying mass of cords and cables running out of sight/mind down between the ‘jaws’. My monitor amp (some little Peavey jobbie, also a yard sale refugee) wedges between the footrest and the horizontal brace at the exact angle needed to direct the resulting *baduuum, kachakka, flissshhh pok” cacaphony into my ear holes.

    My opinion may change if I ever use it as it’s intended, but as of this moment, workmates rock.

  2. Kurt Schwind says:

    I have EXACTLY that workmate (got it a couple of years ago). I like it a lot. My workshop is small so I need things that can be out-of-the-way when not in use. I sort of wish I had that fatmax stanely cart you reviewed instead because it sounds like it weighs less and has everything I’d need.

    I got it at Home Depot when they were running a sale. I can’t recall the exact price paid. But it seemed reasonable enough.

  3. Firemanpiper says:

    I have one of the original model workmates that my father gave me and I love it. It’s versatile especially if you get a couple of surface clamps that fit the existing predrilled holes as I have. Heck I even made a base for my power miter saw out of scrap lumber that fits into the workmate and is clamped in place to use as a saw table. My father was in the roofing and siding business and he tells me his company, the old, no longer existing Tilo roofing and siding used to give these out to the mechanics as an incentive and reward for good work and they all loved ’em.

  4. Waylan says:

    I don’t recall anyone who has had something like that who didn’t like it. But, personally, I don’t see the point. It would be a lot cheaper to throw a few saw horses together with some scrap lumber. Then, when I run my saw through one, I won’t care so much. I think this is the kind of thing where the people who would actually spend the money for one, are the same kind of person who will like it. But, the rest of us will never part with money so we’ll never know. Now, if someone wanted to give me one, I might consider changing my mind. 😉

    • Keith B says:

      I’ll tell you why it’s a FAR better choice than 2 sawhorses and some scrap wood: The horses are ALWAYS moving around, you gotta find the damn scrap wood, you gotta take the splinters and nails out of the scrap wood, you don’t have a built-in adjustable vice to hold the stock, I can put my circular saw upside down in the workmate and I have a Ripper with using a piece of 2×2 and a couple clamps as a fence, your horse doesn’t fold up and fit in a truck to take home cause someone will steal your horses and clean off scrap top when you leave it on the worksite! Duh.

  5. Mike Yancey says:

    I have an older model that doesn’t have that much table-top space, and yes, it’s heavy as heck.

    I use it, but I hate getting it out. My main complaint is the little rubber feet that keep falling off while you’re trying to set it up. Perhaps that problem has been solved.

    Mine had a plastic drawer accessory you could buy separately – it’s not really useful, but the clamping table works pretty well.

  6. Steve Thompson says:

    I have a love-hate relationship with mine. When I need it, it’s convenient as hell, but I too hate the weight and chasing the rubber feet. Also, when folded and standing on edge it’s center of balance is just right to trick you into thinking it’ll stand on its own – until it falls over and bangs into something important.

    Nonetheless, I love it and use it all the time. I just wish it was designed a little better.

  7. Gene says:

    Mine’s 10+ years old, and I love it. Heavy yes, but stable, easy to set up, and for the record, no problems with the rubber feet here. I don’t know if they’ve gotten too expensive recently or not since I haven’t bought one recently.

  8. Stuey says:

    FYI Lowes has a small version of this for $20.


    I actually convinced my father to loan me his workmate and in the meantime bought him some folding sawhorses for him to trim hollow doors on.

    I think that it’s pretty versatile and for apartment dwellers like me, it’s a decent worktable substitute.

  9. Chris says:

    Hott, in the most Paris Hilton sense of the word. The build-in clamping ability was great for building some 2×4-based shelving in the basement several years back. I forget what we paid for the thing, but it was probably well under $50, and it was worth every penny. Yes, sawhorses could be used to do the same job, but not nearly as efficiently, especially when you’re cutting dimensional lumber. (Stuff like siding or soffit fascia, yeah, I can see how this isn’t any better than sawhorses. If you need something for that job, don’t buy one of these.)


  10. Old Donn says:

    Got a Workmate as a gift when they first came out and it’s been in service ever since. It’s the best 3rd set of hands I’ve ever had. Heavy? I can carry it with one hand, and it fits in the trunk of a car. Try that with two saw horses.

  11. Skitter says:


    Too short, too heavy, too slow to set up, to flimsy.

    I like the idea but I think the execution is poor. I’m on the look out for a better alternative for a sturdy, quick to set up portable work surface that I don’t have to hunch over.

  12. Hot. It’s a shame that magnesium tools aren’t more common, because I’d love to see what some real lightweight castings would do for the Workmate. Aluminum just doesn’t cut it. A friend of mine has a magnesium stepladder which is rock solid to climb, and simply astonishing the first time you lift it on one finger.

    But enough fantasy! Even the “mere mortal” stamped-steel Workmate is great. I don’t carry it long distances, and the frame is sturdy enough that I don’t worry about damaging it. The clamping top is great, though a bit slow to crank in or out very far. I’ve seen vises with a lever that disengages the screw so you can slide the jaw freely, then you throw the lever and twist the screw to clamp. If any of the Workmate knockoffs include that feature, I’ll consider changing brands if and when it comes time to replace the old beast.

    I’ve never had the rubber feet fall off, though I suspect a dab of rubber cement or liquid nails would solve that problem in a hurry. My problem is that I’ve lost all the pegs, but I didn’t use them much in the first place. If I cared, I’d have made replacements. 🙂

  13. Dennis says:

    I have the 525 model with the dolly attached, and they should not even bother putting that on. Its more of a hinderance than a help. Tried moving boxes with it and its not wide enough. Clamping works good on the tool but the table space is minimal. I wish there was a table that had a large table top and collapsed for easy storage. I dont like the lightweight benches either. Seems as though if you put on weight on it incorrectly, they will tip over. I dont really care for my table, but its what I have for now. I’ll just wait and see if something better comes out on the market.

  14. Rob says:

    I love them so much I have two! They’re great when you need some extra workspace or a mobile workspace. I agree that they are a compromise but they do what they need to do.

  15. Kurt Schwind says:

    The few folks who are giving it a ‘not’ are talking about 2 sawhorses and a piece of plywood. Come on guys. While 2 sawhorses and some plywood give you a work surface, they don’t give you the bulit in clamps. The 425 above is set to even swivel 90 degrees so you can clamp an entire door on it. Hard to describe, but the surface is 3 boards. The board with the words ‘Workmate’ can swivel 90 degrees up so that it’s clamping down towards the flat surface. Try THAT with a couple of sawhorses and plywood.

  16. Jim Crockett says:

    I have two of the older steel models. Granted the tops aren’t as large as the newer ones and they are heavier, but I wouldn’t trade them. I have one set up with a large plywood top attached to a 2×4 that I clamp between the original tops and it works nicely as a small worktable. And, yes, the feet may tend to fall off but you can always use a little construction adhesive or another glue and glue them on permanently.

  17. Stuey says:

    Ignore my post about the $20 one at Lowes – I went to pick one up and saw that it was a POS.

    I saw a Stanley Mobile Project Center – now THAT was a pretty little table! I read you guys’ review on it a while ago, but in person it looks really well made. I mean, there were even slots so that the table can be clamped non-uniformly. But at $85, I may as well buy a non-folding entry level table from Sears.

  18. JoeBob says:

    I have one that the kids gave me for Fathers day years ago- (220?)
    steel, heavy, and very useful!
    Currently using it for cutting lumber for a deck, and I have used it to clamp a bicycle, holding parts for painting, and god knows what else.
    Never had a problem with the feet, and as noted, a dab of glue would take care of that.
    I have seen some of the newer, lighter workstations, but haven’t found a valid reason to replace mine.

  19. Skitter says:

    I think my problem with these is that I’m looking for something that is a portable workbench/tool platorm not merely a saw horse replacement, hence my issue with the low height of the Workmate Bench.

  20. Mahmood says:

    Love it. I have an older one that my father-in-law picked up at a tag sale…it’s great. I’ve built my own privacy fence in the last couple of months, and it’s been there the entire time for me (clamping top used to hold the 2x4s while I cut them with the circular saw). Yeah, it’s heavy and a bit clumsy to set up…but it gets carted around in the wheelbarrow along with the circ saw, boxes of screws, nail gun, compressor, clamps, etc…so it’s not too much of a pain. almost 300 ft of fencing done and It’s still sitting there and doing what it’s supposed to do. I like that.

  21. Travis says:

    I have one of these (though, with the MDF and laminant table top). Mostly, I’m happy with it. It fits well in my garage where I have to play Tetris with all the tools. I’d say my biggest beef of all is the fact that it’s probably about 5-6 inches too short for me so I end up stooping down a bit to work on my projects.

  22. Teacher says:

    I’d like to get one but the only thing our Lowes sells now is some crummy pos from task Force. I looked at one in the store and it looks like the metal is the thickness of an aluminum can.

  23. Big Dave says:

    I got my workmate 200 from my wife’s dad. I was still new in the box, after sitting in one of his storage buildings for who knows how long. I have used this for just about everything one can imagine, most recently, a portable reloading bench. It’s heavy and stable enough to withstand full length case resizing of even the largest belted magnums, but portable enough to take to the range. I have had no probles with the feet, or any other part of this magnificent tool. I wish I had two of them!

  24. Grimshot says:

    More of hate-love relationship for me… I like the idea of it, but it’s so friggin heavy, no handles or carrying places to tote it, the clamping system is pretty Mickey Mouse, the three-piece of table always seem to break in the wrong place and the holes for the plastic dogs are NEVER in the right place…. Still, it’s a great height, once you get it set up; I’ve used it for miter saw base, too.

  25. Cometchaser says:

    I LUV my workmate (the one pictured.) I purchased it quite some time ago for around $60 new and have used it for just about every project I do. I’ve used it to mount my 8″ BD table saw, drill press, router table, etc., by drilling mounting holes for each and lableing them with marker. I used to own the BD folding saw horses which I purchased for about $30/pair but stupidly sold them at a garage sale when I moved cross country. I can’t say enough about some of the innovative BD products.

  26. perruptor says:

    I have an old one I inherited from my dad. It’s no trouble to set up – takes about twenty seconds. No problems with the feet.

    Most recently, I used it to snap plexiglas along scored lines. It was great for that – just put the ‘glas down between the clamping boards so the score lines up with the top of the table, clamp it, and snap. Very straight edges.

  27. Larry says:

    Where do I find parts for a workmate 300?

  28. perruptor says:

    Larry, if you’re looking for the clamp jaws, here:
    If you need another part, contact B&D.

  29. perruptor says:

    Actually, there’s a link at the top of this thread that can get you to WM 300 parts. Here’s the parts page for the “Type 10”:
    There are also pages for types 1, 2, 9, and 13.

  30. Kurt Schwind says:

    So Larry, what parts are you looking for? I’m just curious what you’ve had break.

  31. david says:

    The first and original Workmate had a diecast magnesium base. My friend’s father had one of them and it was impressive in its day. I’ve looked for years for a used one, but have not found one (one was on eBay a few years back and I missed it.) I have a steel Wrokmate that is about 25 years old and I wouldn’t trade it for any of the new ones. It has a 5/4 laminated wood deck albeit a bit too narrow, but rugged.

  32. James says:

    Have a WM 400 about 20 years old. It has a few (extra) holes and paint, but continues to give good service. heavy, yes. solid, yes. I love it and can’t understand why they don’t make a magnesium version. Unless it’s because everyone already has one. I have to keep all my tools in a single shed 7’x4′, such is urban bliss. This bench has just gotten more valuable every year. I’m looking for additional table top clamps now. See ya.

  33. Jannarama says:

    I have a Workmate and the product book (My mom was so organized!)…the product book is “Form No. 975396-01 10/75” written on the back, printed in Canada. Yes, October, 1975!

    I got the Workmate from my mom a couple years ago after my father passed away. I thought it was a cool thing back then when I was a kid, and NOW that I’ve got kids, I still think it’s a cool thing!

    I am looking for another ‘gripmate’ peg for the two Gripmate clamps I have for the Workmate. You can see an image here: http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j287/jhp63/Tools/P1000291.jpg
    of what I am needing.

    I have NO idea what model number this Workmate is. I can’t find one written on the WM itself, and the Instruction book doesn’t have a model number written either. I just know the pictures in the booklet HAVE to be from the mid ’70’s!!

  34. duggy dugg says:

    got a workmate 300 for $10 from a company no longer needing it ;
    one rubber foot missing ; still works like a charm ; got several projects out of the way with it ; great catalyst for moving stalled projects forward and “doing it now ” projects ; this may be my tipping point in getting the garage etc organized !

  35. sableskin says:

    I have a workmate, and cannot figure out how to unfold it. I have no instructions. Can someone help?

  36. BuddyL says:

    I have one of the original Workmates, it is at least 30 to 40 years old and has seen a lot of use. My father purchased it new and used it quite extensively and so have I. Heavy – somewhat. Convienent – Absolutely!. Sure beats digging out a couple of sawhorses and a piece of plywood and looking for clamps to fit, it already has everything you need for most tasks. As a table for cutting 4×8 sheets of plywood – forget that! It was never intended for the large jobs. Have to cut a 2 x 4 x 8, no problem. Easy to use, quick to set up, convienent to store. What more can you ask for? Unfortunately the newer models are getting much too expensive. Are the newer models as good as the original? I doubt it.

  37. Denny Crane says:

    I too have a Black & Decker workmate 400. Bought it (folded up) at a garage sale — looks super sturdy — BUT I can’t figure out HOW TO UNFOLD IT. How embarrassing. I can see that it’s spring loaded, but that’s where my assembly/setup knowledge ends. Can someone help me out?

  38. Tom Martin says:

    I just picked one up today at a garage sale for $10 US. Its going to be real handy around the shop for patternmaking and carving since it will hold about anything. I can also use it for planing boards until I get my woodworkers bench finished with dog holes. Can’t do much with just a face vise and no hold-downs.

    It is the cast aluminum H-frame on stamped-steel base with laminated birch ply top model and is stenciled “TYPE 2” under the stationary vice plank. Anybody know what this model is?

  39. Dwight says:

    For DENNY regarding how to unfold a Workmate 400. Refer to the image of the Workmate 425 at the top of this page. On the image, locate the left had screw crank (the one with the orange handle). About 1/2″ (again, on the IMAGE, not on an actual workmate) in the 10o’clock direction from there you will see a small black square. This and the corresponding one on the right hand side of the workmate are the release tabs. Now, on to your workmate. Standing in front of the workmate, reach under the front wood jaw and squeeze the release tabs in the upward direction. Put your foot on the lower black shelf and you should be able to lift the workmate table to to its upright position. Works with my 20-yr-old Workmate 400, hope it does with yours too!

  40. Bill says:

    Wow, I can’t believe this forum….lol. My son gave me one 19 years ago, just when he was turning one. I love the Workmate. Its been thru all sorts of remodeling the house, wallpaper, it even held my wetsaw during my initiation into ceramic tiling.
    I lost a rubber foot. I have cut it a few times with a stray circularsaw, but its kind of like the Timex of tools, takes a licking and keeps on ticking. I actually came looking to find new wood replacement tops as my wet saw water had taken its toll on the old tops and they have begun to warp from the moitsture, and found this site. Well, glad I was able to give kudos for this tool too.

  41. shana says:

    I have just purchased a workmate, it doesn’t have a manual. I am new at the building projects and feel I will never get all the use from this helpful product if I do not have manual.
    I plan to make frames with its helps, but would like some help if anyone out there has any ideas.

  42. Tim says:

    I am still using the original dual-height workmate that I bought about 35 years ago. It’s been regularly used for building work since then. A few years ago I needed a bigger work surface so I bought a cheap (£12) ‘fake workmate’ to use as a trestle. The ‘fake’ has broken but last month, at a car boot sale, I found a very old rusty dual-height workmate that matches mine. It cost £5 to buy and after an application of dismantling oil now works almost as good as new.
    I think these things are almost indestructible except for the rubber feet and the long clip retaining springs that wear out. The early models had heavy duty plywood tables and my neighbor, who worked at the B&D factory, got me some off-cuts from salvage. I used these as door steps and they are still good after 30 years!

  43. Tammy says:

    I bought the workbench a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to put it together. The instructions are not clear. There are pieces not shown in the “inventory.” The diagrams are not labelled. Names for pieces are changed from one step to another. The pictures aren’t big enough to show where the screws go in. The handles aren’t going on the way they’re supposed to. B&D’s website is no help. I can’t be the only person not able to follow the guide, can I? Doesn’t anyone listen to customers any more? Can anyone help me here? Thanks

  44. Cameron says:

    All my bench tools have a 2×4 mounted on the bottom. I slide ’em off the shelf and drop ’em right on the WM. A quick twist and I’m good to go.

  45. anon says:

    can’t find the gripmate peg either but the part is : 20mm adaptor bushing #975810 or #975970 for the 3/4″ dia adaptor bushing (for the 79-001 type 1 workmate).

  46. Joe Perito says:

    I have one of the top end models that has wheels and is a hand truck when folded up and is a work bench when folded out. As much praise as I can give the thing for combining many useful ideas into a multi-functional tool, I give as many BOOs to the contraption for weight and its ability to hurt you when trying to convert from (or to) the table or hand truck. All the heavy metal is constantly trying to collapse on your hands, fingers, legs and feet when trying to swivel the folding and scissoring joints. Its a real dual trying to keep the collapsing and swiveling ton of metal from pinching, chopping, and falling on you. My advise: Don’t try to modify from one tool to the other with you and the unit standing up together. Lay the beast on the floor, change from one tool to the other, then stand it up. I expect Back and Decker will eventually see safety liability law suits on this product.

  47. Sally says:

    Thank you so much, Dwight! I have been trying to figure out how to open my original Workmate for about a day! Your clear directions were just what I needed! I inherited it from my fix-it guru wonderful sister. She even made a special plywood top with a 2×4 base to fit between the vise planks. Now I can get started on my painting project!

  48. Thomas says:

    I love seeing all the positive comments about the Workmate as I was the Markeeting Mgr. for the Professsional Div. when the first 6-units were imported from England. I thought it was great but corporate thinking at the time was if it does’t have a motor or attach to a tool with a motor, we don’t need it, The President, Pat McDonough gave a few of us in marketing units to use and familiarize ourselves with. But, I was the only one who liked it and saw major possibilities for sales. The original units were made in England using all aluminum castings and were beauties to behold.FYI, the UK company projected sales of 50,000 pcs first year at the US ewuivakant of $85, a large chuunk of disable income over there then and lo and bdhold they sold 3oo,ooo pcs first year. when I got mine I had it included in equipment to be shipped around to a series of regional sales meeting around the country,,,to e used as a prop for the introduction of the Mod 4, cordless tool line to the sales force, (Mod 4 was the first cimercislly availsble line of Cordless tools) I got laughed at for using it to hold wod, steel & aluminum samples for the salesmen to drill holes in using the new tools, But, I got the last laugh when in a 5,ooo unit market test in Dallas, they evaporated off the shelves overnight. I was the first workmate champion in the company but as soon as they started selling our President took it away from me and the Professional Div. and forced the Home Products guys to take it over, The rest is history as B& D had to build 3 mfg plants to keep up with demand. I still have my one of the originak 6 abd it needs restoration but it is a reak nice piece of B&D history. You have to understand, corporate thinking frowned on any new product that didn’t use a B&D ekectric motor so to force it through and get the ckearances needed for me to use it in sales meetings, even as a prop, was qite q feat of which I am very proud, SO yes, these many years later, I am thrilled to lnow that my gut instinct was right, you guys like it and it’s still it’s is one heck of a product!

  49. Andy says:

    i have had mine over 20 years also. its suffered the occasional circular saw cut, paint and stains. worked great for me over many projects, pulls double duty as a miter saw stand. Have had a 10″ table saw on it as a base and its about to pull that duty again. I have also had the rubber feet come off a few times and have permanently glued them on many years ago now. its a great tool. maybe not the perfect workbench but it offers allot and id buy it all over again in a second.

  50. James Robinson says:

    I have one and never use it. It’s too much trouble to set up. The plastic pieces that are supposed to keep the feet from folding in are always breaking and are hard to replace. I’m looking for an alternative. I currently use two foldable sawhorses and a piece of plywood. Much less frustrating.

  51. Got my first one from Dad don’t know how old it is but it is cast not stamped. Two more from yard sales. put your bench tool bolt to piece of plywoodhave fastened a 2×4 to the bottom. clamp the 2×4 in the workmate. portable bench tool table. I have even used one as a tv stand. $20.00 for all three unbeatable.

  52. Dave says:

    I have a great book titled “The Workbench Book” by Scott Landis, and in this book there is an article about the guy who “invented” the Workmate. It tells how he patented the bench then sold to Black & Decker. Also tells how he protected his patent for many years. Very interesting article about a great American made item. I have one of the originals and a newer one and love them both.

  53. Ray says:

    I have an old 400 for well over 20 years. Very veritile. Have used in in so many projects and situations can mention them all here. Built jigs for it to hold router table tops, etc. Clamped and glued with it (I have most of the acessories).. I’d like to build or replace the top pieces for it. Does anyone know if the top boards for the 425 will fit or retrofit to the old 400? Look pretty easy to make though. Can’t those parts any more just for the 225 and 425. Looks like the 425 has a bigger surface area. The 400 I have actually came with a shelf board on the base which is very handy.

  54. Hal says:

    Just bought WM425. Had one in the 80’s. New one seems cheaper. Bench boards much thinner. Clamping system on old one was more stable. Lost my old one in a fire in ’02. All and all, new one is disappointing.

  55. Fred says:

    NEED HELP I have Workmate 200 Type 3 Work Center. The press board jaws have gone bad and can not be used due to water damage. They are not available any more from Black and Decker and I have not been able to find them on the web. Does anyone know were I can get replacements or does anyone have the specifications to make them. Your help is appreciated.

  56. Fran says:

    I have a old workmate 400, light blue in color. I can not figure out why it will not stay locked in the upright position. As soon as I start working, it collapses, kind of dangerous. Can anyone help? Fran

  57. Jack says:

    I had a clapped out workmate, that kept falling open, and was difficult to set up and break down. The reason being the retaining catch was broken and I couldn’t source a new one. I dismantled it, took off the ‘vice’ screws and vice jaws. The jaws were butchered and covered in spray paint. (My Son borrowed it while I was away once!) So I made new vice jaws, and used the vice mechanism to make a small table-top bench, that I secure to saw-horse with one-handed clamps. No problem. It also dividing fall over when folded against a wall, because I used to hang in ON the wall! Sadly, I left it outside one day whilst I had my lunch! The rest, like my workmate, is history…

  58. Jack says:

    Use the old jaws as a pattern for new ones? Simple enough, but you do need a 20mm drill bit for the holes.

  59. Michael Sedwick says:

    Hello, I just bought a very old WorkMate which is made of aluminum, solid and works great! However, it came with no accessories. The holes on the wooden plywood clamps are 3/4″ diameter. All I can find so far for sale are the set of four red guides that I guess serve as a way to keep a board in place on top that is wider than the clamp opening. I am thinking that there are a number of other helpful accessories. Is there a site where I could get a manual, or a list of instructions that say how the accessories are best used for projects? If I knew that, maybe I cousl search for sites selling accessories. Are the holes in the new ones the same diameter as the old models? By the way, thanks to the one who suggested making a plywood table top, with a 2 x 4 glued or screwed to it that could be then held in place by the work mate clamps. Ingenious! Thanks,

    • TODD MILLER says:

      Kreg makes workbench dogs that fit 3/4″ holes (@ Menards) I use them in both my B&D workbenches

    • Kevin says:

      Hi Michael

      Did ever find what you were looking for, i.e. ” I am thinking that there are a number of other helpful accessories. Is there a site where I could get a manual, or a list of instructions that say how the accessories are best used for projects?”
      As I’m looking for the same.I have brought a Saw Table that is an attachment to fit a circular saw on to my workmate.
      If anyone else knows where I can get the manuals/instruction leaflets on any of these handy items by Black & Decker.


      Kevin in England.

  60. Buz says:

    Could not get by without them! I have Workmate 150 (approx. $40 new years ago) and a recent cheap (approx. $20) model. I modified the cheap one by adding some 1/2″ MDF shims to bring the work surfaces to the same height as the model 150. Now I never have to ask my wife to “give me a hand”. And using some trigger clamps and a 2X4 board, I can cut 4X8 sheet material. Also, made a couple 3/4″ plywood table tops (2×3 and and 2×4) with cleets that I can clamp in the jaws when I need larger work surfaces. Mounted my table top drill press; miter saw and router table to 3/4″ plywood bases with cleets that I can clamp in the jaws when I want to work outside on the patio. I’m getting ready to modify my new table top, table saw to be used in the same way. I have no garage and no space in my walkout basement for large shop tools. The Workmates allow me to set up my shop on the patio.

  61. David says:

    Can any body tell me the name of the colour blue that was used fr the original workmate as I would like to respray mine? Also where can this be purchased and can it be bought in aerosol cans?

  62. Duane says:

    I have one I bought new probably forty years ago and have used it extensively. Love it! Mine is getting a bit rusty/oxidized here and there, and the plywood jaws are showing their age. I’d buy another (of similar vintage…the newer ones are more rickety) in a heartbeat. I do the “wood strip screwed to plywood” trick for most of my “mountable” tools (bench grinder, chop saw, etc.) Way more “hot” than “not”, IMO.

  63. michelle says:

    I just got got one like new at auction for $5.
    Hubby was thrilled

  64. Bill says:

    I have three versions dating back to the original aluminum version to a couple of 425 models. I just built a handy rolling base usin 3.75 full locking caster wheels. The legs are left folded and the Workmate 425 sits nested in the cart that is built so the bench top is still at 32 inch height. Works great to be able to roll it around when needed.

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