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Black & Decker Portable Work Bench

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Black & Decker
Model:
WM425
Price:
$105

Description

* Maximum table size: 22" × 29"
* Maximum jaw opening: 8 5⁄8"
* Table height: 24" or 31"
* Weight: 31 lbs.
* Heavy-duty design holds 550 lbs.
* One-Handed Clamp™ system allows clamps to be adjusted together or independently
* Adjustable jaws and vertical clamping give you flexibility to clamp odd shapes
* Adjustable swivel pegs easily clamp awkward shapes

WOOD magazine review

Black & Decker Portable Workbench

Review Summary

The WM425 offers the widest jaw opening, the most table surface area—and a front jaw that pivots up 90° to clamp items down to the rear jaw. The front jaw release-and-pivot mechanism feels a bit rickety, but it clamps items securely. We're 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.
We spent 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 we first tightened the jaws and the belt slipped, we thought something broke. Still, the WM425 does the basics well and its wide stance makes it a stable table.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

Reader Reviews

substantial job site work bench

Review Summary

I bought one of these many years ago and it has been real handy to use on the job site as a work table or to clamp lumber in the jaws to saw or otherwise work on, or just to mount your portable table or miter saw on. An excellent job site work bench. It folds into a pretty compact unit for easy storage or transport and is easy to unfold. To me it seems a little pricey at it's current price and it's a little on the heavy side as far as it's weight.
I was fortunate enough to acquire a second one from the neighbors who were moving for ten dollars.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Black & Decker Workmate

Review Summary

I purchased a Workmate over 30 years ago, and even though I have a Roubo style workbench in addition to a "Norm" garage workshop bench, I still pull out the Workmate occasionally. It's been a reliable and versatile tool for all these years, and easily worth the purchase price of $75 dollars at the time. If this new version is at least as good, it's well worth the money to have it around.
Of course I don't have the latest features on my old-timer, but for how I've used it and as compared to what was available, I've given this a '5' for features as well.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

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