Model No. WM425

Workmate® Portable Project Center and Vise

15 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.

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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

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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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.

Pros: Compact, useful, flexible configurations, easy to operate.

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

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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.

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

Cons: 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.

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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.

Pros: Stable.

Cons: 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.

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More work that desired to assemble, good for small jobs

The instructions in box are awful. Better set at: http://servicenet.blackanddecker.com/documents/English/Instruction%20Manual/632231-00,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.

Pros: Portability. Good for small woodworking, glazing, etc.

Cons: 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.

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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.

Pros: Nothing so far, haven't used it yet.

Cons: 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.

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