Wise Buys: Portable Workbenches
Black & Decker WM425
Max. table size (jaws open): 22×29"
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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