Workmate® 425 Portable Project Center and Vise


  • 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
  • Heavy-gauge steel frame securely supports up to 550 lbs.
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Product Details

Key Features

  • Holds 550 lbs.
  • One-Handed Clamp™ system
  • Adjustable jaws and vertical clamping
  • Adjustable swivel pegs
  • Heavy-gauge steel frame
  • Dual Height Adjustment


  • Heavy-duty
  • Adjust clamps together or independently
  • Flexibility to securely clamp odd shapes
  • Easy to clamp awkward shapes
  • Securely supports up to 550 lbs.
  • legs fold under to lower height for larger projects

What's Included

  • WM425 Project Center
  • (4) Swivel Pegs


  • Holds virtually anything
  • Bench tool stand
  • Vise for cutting, painting, etc.
  • Workbench
  • Sawhorse

2 Year Limited Warranty

Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. warrants this product for two (2) years against any defects in material or workmanship. The defective product will be replaced or repaired at no charge in either of two ways.

The first, which will result in exchanges only, is to return the product to the retailer from whom it was purchased (provided that the store is a participating retailer). Returns should be made within the time period of the retailer?s policy for exchanges (usually 30 to 90 days after the sale). Proof of purchase may be required. Please check with the retailer for their specific return policy regarding returns that are beyond the time set for exchanges.

The second option is to take or send the product (prepaid) to a Black & Decker owned or authorized Service Center for repair or replacement at our option. Proof of purchase may be required. Black & Decker owned and authorized Service Centers are listed under "Tools-Electric" in the yellow pages of the phone directory.

This warranty does not apply to accessories. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary from state to state or province to province. Should you have any questions, contact the manager of your nearest Black & Decker Service Center. This product is not intended for commercial use.

LATIN AMERICA: This warranty does not apply to products sold in Latin America. For products sold in Latin America, check country specific warranty information contained in the packaging, call the local company or see the website for warranty information.


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    User Reviews for Workmate® 425 Portable Project Center and Vise

    0 people recommended the following review
    JuliaBF Wrote:
    Assembly was awful, but I'm excited to use it.
    The assembly instructions are indeed abysmal, but it is possible, with help from the pictures on the box. You can identify the front, middle and rear jaws by the logos/printing on them. Do this first, before you start attaching the plastic blocks, and then ignore instructions #9 and #10; just slide the rear jaw in any of the slots. When you buy this, also pick up a few #8, 1-1/4 inch screws, plus nuts. In order to attach the handles to the vise screws, you have to hammer in these stiff metal pins that I could not for the life of me get in far enough to withstand a firm cranking. The handles kept coming off. One screw through the pre-drilled holes, anchored with a nut, will solve your problem. I haven't used it for any projects yet, but I'm looking forward to. It's a great size, fits well in a small basement and even folds up for easier storage.

    Compact, useful, flexible configurations, easy to operate.


    Makes me appreciate IKEA assembly instructions in a whole new light.

    12/27/2014 10:57:43 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    douglastwhite Wrote:
    Product is made with very inferior material... plastic parts. Workmate 425 type 6.
    The assembly instruction are terrible, might as well be written in Chinese. Assembly drawings are to small and require a magnifier to be able to attempt to follow. Very poor product at best.

    I always thought highly of Black & Decker, but the quality of this workmate 425 type 6 is a joke.


    Poor quality of plastic assembly parts. Parts should be made of metal or maybe wood, but cheap plastic parts will not stand up to even light use. I am very disappointed in this product.

    12/18/2014 4:05:27 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    acbworkmate Wrote:
    Exact same frustrations on assembly as Jantremaine review titled "Not like my original workmate"
    See Jantremaine review titled "Not like my original workmate" 'cos that's what I found too.



    Appalling instructions. I came to the website to find updated instructions. Nope, so far all I've found are the same factually incorrect and most difficult to follow instructions plus others complaining about the same problem. Not great Black&Decker.

    5/17/2014 5:25:23 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    winthrom Wrote:
    More work that desired to assemble, good for small jobs
    The instructions in box are awful. Better set at:,WM425.pdf Three things: (1) Center Jaw (work table) must be removed to bring rear jaw vertical. (2) Plastic blocks are too fragile to last long. (3) Use long self tapping screws vice pins in box to attach cranks to vice screws. (Pins cannot be removed and plastic handles may break during transport to work pace) I am not certain this bench is sturdy enough for serious woodworking. May be OK for some tasks. Definitely would have been awful when I was making a 4 post canopy bed for my daughter.

    Portability. Good for small woodworking, glazing, etc.


    Top blocks should be wood or metal. A serious blow to anything on the table will shatter the top blocks. Top block bolts should be long enough to use wing nut and washer to secure each top jaw to frame. When the cheap plastic wears out, this will become a work-around to keep using the bench. Use metal for cranks and their handles. Frame is flimsy.

    5/15/2014 12:44:52 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    Jantremaine Wrote:
    Not like my original workmate
    The instruction 'manual' is a joke. not only is it so small type and drawings that you need a magnifying glass, it is very UNCLEAR regarding assembly. For example, Assembly #3 and #4 instruct you to assembly the top blocks on the rear and middle jaws and tighten the bolts. That process uses all 4 of the top blocks and 4 of the 6 bolts. Then, #8 says to install the front vise jaw on top of the top blocks-- but you already used the 4 top blocks, so I assume they meant "Front Blocks,", of which there are 2, according to Fig. 1. #10 says to install the remaining 2 bolts, but there are no more bolts because they already got used in step #8. Makes no sense. Under Features and Applications, item #2, "to" is used incorrectly, should be "too." Manual must have been written in China where product is made.

    Nothing so far, haven't used it yet.


    Instruction manual; one of the jaws had a split piece of wood on the edge, the metal frame was dented slightly. Would pay more for a product Made in USA.

    3/21/2014 11:02:24 AM

    0 people recommended the following review
    CyberSchnook Wrote:
    This is NOT the Workmate Deluxe of the 90's
    Due to the tiny print and terrible photos in the "manual," I broke two top blocks assembling this. It's versatile, but the fit and finish are lacking. Where there used to be a tray for guide blocks, small parts and tools, there is now a belt connecting the left and right cranks. Same price but not the same quality as the 90's model.



    Fit and finish aren't there. Made in China, not U.S.A.

    2/17/2014 2:34:02 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    jm1950 Wrote:
    I used to have and old model workmate that I really enjoyed that is why I decided to buy this 425.
    first it is well designed, but the material used is kind of flimsy. when put together the frame did not look to bad, for the rest of it definitely not creasy about it.

    compact and light well designed


    material used. plastic block could be made stronger. bolts should have been longer to adapt a nuts or wing nuts. to screw those bolts in those plastic blocks is definitely not the best. the wood used is definitely not thick enough and when put together the center piece is not level with the other piece. overall definitely won't last like the old one. and will have to do some modification on it. not something I would recommend

    11/20/2013 10:45:02 AM

    0 people recommended the following review
    Largo7 Wrote:
    Fragile with limited durability
    I had an earlier version of the workmate for 20+ years and it took a beating but the plastic parts eventually gave up and the boards delaminated. The 425 is not a bad unit but there are springs and rods that constantly fall off or need adjustment. This one won't last

    A good concept when you can get it to work properly


    Its too fragile, a work bench needs to take a beating and can't have light weight parts, the springs are a joke and you can't keep them in place. I wouldn't mind paying twice as much just build it to last

    11/7/2013 2:08:44 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    ericksde Wrote:
    Return servise excellant
    I just talked to customer care and they will replace my bench mate with a new unit and no hassles. No hassles even though i could not find my receipt. I have faith that my new bench will work as advertised. Thank you Black & Decker for a great warranty service. Si i give 5 stars for the return policy.

    The return warranty.


    Read last review.

    10/29/2013 1:33:37 PM

    0 people recommended the following review
    torogun Wrote:
    As I expected, the workmate 425 was a great improvement over my original bench.
    As for assembly: It would have helped greatly if the jaws had been marked as to rear, middle and front. I finally was able to figure it out by counting holes in the miniature picture on the instructions but that is ridiculous. A call to customer service verified that I got that right, but when I asked a question about front jaw travel the technician I was transferred to couldn't answer and told me to go to U-tube to find a video. Many videos, but none for this model. I gave up and just went back to doing it myself.

    The versatility of switching jaws around. The one-handed adjustment. the solid feel of the unit.


    Poor assembly instructions. Little or no help from customer service.

    9/19/2013 11:17:58 AM

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