Model No. WM425

Workmate® Portable Project Center and Vise

30 Reviews

With the power to hold up to 550 pounds, the Workmate® portable woodworking bench and vise can stand up to tough tasks. Features the One-Handed Clamp™ system and adjustable swivel pegs for clamping awkward shapes.

Where to Buy
Supports up to 550 pounds.

Overview

Features + Benefits

  • 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.
  • Dual Height Adjustment legs fold under to lower height for larger projects
Black and Decker - Workmate Portable Project Center and Vise - WM425

Product Specs

Uses
  • Holds virtually anything
  • Bench tool stand
  • Vise for cutting, painting, etc.
  • Workbench
  • Sawhorse
Includes
  • WM425 Project Center
  • (4) Swivel Pegs

 

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Review of Workmate® 425 Portable Project Center and Vice

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plastic parts and flimsy table

I owned one of the original workmates for years. It was well designed and built. Gave it to a relative. After working with this "modern one" i am going to try to get the old one back. Very disappointing.

Pros: Easy assembley despite awful instructions, portable but easy for "jaws to work loose and fall off" (and yes, it is assembled properly)

Cons: Flimsy, plastic parts, thin metal legs, uneven work table, plastic "dogs"

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Not up to the quality we expect from B&D

Bamboo is not the same as hardwood. There in more plastic than before. The "top blocks" do not hold the bolts well. The bolts won't tighten up in several of the blocks so that they are a bit loose. The plastic spring for the legs are going to break quickly. When folded, the old models stood up on their own. This one falls over. I'll have to attach it to something in order to have it folded up.

And yet, it is still the better choice of all those I saw in stores and on the Internet.

I'm sure I'll use it well for many years. And soon I'll stop grumbling about the instructions. That's why they can get away with it. We forget.

Pros: I like the new wider table top. Still sturdy and will serve its purpose

Cons: The instructions are the worst I've ever seen. Why doesn't BD do something about this. It is innecessary. The tool is not what it used to be. This is my third and it is flimsy by comparison. The r

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Workmate 425 Assembly

My father has a 35yr old model and I received the 425 as a Christmas gift. I haven't used it yet. This review is only regarding the assembly instructions. They were TERRIBLE. Small text and diagrams. Very confusing. The final steps are redundant to earlier steps and make one think bolts are missing, however they had been installed in the earlier steps. The explanation on how to install the rear and middle jaws (boards) lack details on which holes to line the blocks with. The online manual is exactly the same as the paper one included in the packaging so it was of no help. I had to guess, but it seems that the rear and middle boards are meant to be removable and adjustable, which is different from the older models. Also, B&D should include some info on the best way to hang the product on the wall.
As for the workmate itself, I'll review it once I've used it on some products. It is clearly not as high quality as my father's old model. The steel is thinner and there are plastic parts and connections that seem flimsy and I don't expect them to last.

Pros: I haven't used it yet.

Cons: Extremely poor assembly and use instructions.

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wm425

wanted one for years i got one now, like the weight capacity and seem to be very versatile dont like the plastic pieces though

Pros: perfect height, compact,

Cons: absolutely the worst instructions i have ever seen and too small adults buy these not kids who see well,and you video does not help

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This review is hidden because you have chosen to ignore Dennis F. Show DetailsHide Details

425 Type 6

If one didn't own older editions of the Workmate then the decrease in quality of the new Workmate 425 wouldn't be so bothersome. I know that there is a desire to keep the product portable but the frame and the top should be beefed up by about twenty per cent. The inventive concept of the Workmates remains impressive but it's later editions pale in comparison with earlier ones.

Pros: Light-weight, compact, design in concept good.

Cons: Instructions not great, flimsy construction when compared to previous Workmates, Top pieces could be thicker

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