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Black & Decker WM425

Black & Decker WM425

Max. table size (jaws open): 2229"
Max. jaw opening: 8-5/8"
Table height: 24" or 31"
Weight: 31 lbs

The WM425 offers the widest jaw opening, the most table surface area--and a front jaw that pivots up 90 degrees to clamp items down to the rear jaw. The front jaw release-and-pivot mechanism feels a bit rickety, but it clamps items securely.

I'm not sold on the three-piece tabletop, though, with removable rear and center sections. To use the vertical clamping feature, you remove the center section and position the rear one in the second of three sets of keyhole slots. I spend a lot of time moving table parts.

A perforated plastic belt ties the handles together for one-handed operation. A mechanism behind each handle lets the belt slip so you can move just one end of the front jaw. But with no explanation of this in the manual, when I first tightened the jaws and the belt slipped, I thought something broke. Still, the WM425 does the basics well and its wide stance makes it a stable table.

--Tested by Kevin Boyle, Senior Design Editor

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Comments (9)
sm_perry wrote:

I have a work mate that has 79-001 on it , maybe the first run, and it still functional without all the bells and whistles

2/12/2016 06:27:24 PM Report Abuse
biglar wrote:

I've had a WM for a LONG time. Wouldn't trade it for any of the others.

2/21/2014 05:25:30 PM Report Abuse
michael.rhum wrote:

Rockwell has a new model Jawhorse and doesn't list this table top as an available accessory. Too bad, it looks handy.

2/20/2014 10:07:40 AM Report Abuse
MagicRonn wrote:

Love my jawhorse, but have never seen this split-table accessory. Does it exist?

4/22/2013 12:10:49 PM Report Abuse
2gun wrote:

I have an old WM 300 that I bought back in the 80's. My son sat on it and broke one of the top's. I screwed some 3/4" plywood onto the bottom. Made it good as new.

2/20/2011 10:53:58 AM Report Abuse
bobgnar2057967 wrote:

correction : It does collapse but has no "one hand" feature

2/14/2011 05:54:40 PM Report Abuse
bobgnar2057967 wrote:

I have an old WM no fold up and no tip up. Top got wet now I must mill another from old pattern. It is strong and convenient. new price?

2/14/2011 05:53:08 PM Report Abuse
jmiser2 wrote:

You have which one?

2/13/2011 09:07:51 AM Report Abuse
benttool wrote:

I have one... good, solid device.

2/10/2011 01:57:57 PM Report Abuse

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