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Rockwell Jawhorse RK9000

Rockwell Jawhorse RK9000

Max. table size (jaws open): 18-1/224"
Max. jaw opening: 4-3/4"
Table height: 35-1/4"
Weight: 58 lbs

Compared to other workbenches, this is a horse of a different color--and the price reflects it. About $175 buys the Jawhorse, a three-legged sawhorse with a foot-pedal-operated, 37"-capacity vise at one end. It's built to withstand life on a jobsite. An optional split-table worksurface ($50) attaches to the vise jaws. (Jawhorse offers additional accessories as well.) The foot pedal provides clamping power in spades and lets you hold a workpiece with both hands while tightening the jaws. Release the foot pedal and the jaws lock in place. Flip a front-mounted lever to unlock them.

The moderately sized bamboo table should prove more durable than an MDF surface and includes a hole to park the nose of your cordless drill. One gripe: The plastic dogs fit too tightly in the benchtop holes; I had to pry them out with a screwdriver. When the job finishes, the stand folds into a compact footprint with the legs locked below the upper beam. And while it's heavier than traditional portable workbenches, a roller at one end glides over smooth surfaces for easy transport.

--Tested by Doug Hicks, former shop teacher and woodworking magazine editor

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Rockwell Jawhorse


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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