Model No. WM425

Workmate® Portable Project Center and Vise

22 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
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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Should have read the reviews

Arrived via FedEx with the box coming apart; however, at least all the pieces were inside. The instructions are trash, they setup a nomenclature for the blocks and then fail to follow it in step 9. The pictures are useless and they don't identify which slats are front, middle, or back, nor does it discuss the orientation or hole they are using for assembly. For others searching the website trying to figure this out, below is some clarifying information to help the instructions make sense.

Step 3. The rear jaw is the one with the "Black and Decker" label on it. You are going to use the top block, and it is oriented so that the tube with the wedges on it (rail guides) are facing away from the bottom of the board and aligned with the hole that has the recess for the bolt head. That puts the other tube up and into the adjacent hole (to prevent it from rotating around the bolt).
Step 4. Middle slat is the one with the angle measurement on it.
Step 8. This honestly works better if you do it before Step 6, because you will be trying to get the pin through the handle then through the hole while the thing is shifting about. By doing Step 8 prior to Step 6, you are locking it in place. I couldn't not tell if this in any way negatively impacted construction, but there it is. The front slat is assembled using the "Front Blocks" (again, the instructions say top block, but you should have already used all four in steps 3 and 4). The block is oriented so that the tube goes into the hole (to keep it from rotating) and the hole that the bolt goes through lines up with the hole in the board that is recessed for the bolt. Now, you will have to reach into the stand and rotate the threaded screw for the vise so that the pivot nut's threaded hole faces up, and get the bolt through board, through the front block, and into the that threaded hole. Screw until tight.
Step 6. The instructions are pretty clear, its just easier to do it here.
Step 9. Same thing as Step 4, but it adds how to put it onto the stand. Not sure why they have this twice.

I would honestly suggest to Black and Decker two things. One, post a YouTube video on how to assemble it. It would literally take about 10 minutes, and it would have saved them a lot of hostility with regards to the instructions. Enough people have mentioned this, and as near as I can tell, they have done nothing. This is pretty bad for a business since it is offending customers. I will probably avoid Black and Decker in the future because they could not be bothered to do anything about this at all. Two, I, thankfully, only had minor problems with the shipping and handling. The rail on the right side was bent slight down and away. I was able to straighten it out (kind of) with a little time and a some pliers. Reading the reviews, this is a reoccurring problem, again, no response from Black and Decker to my knowledge. Hope this helps others.

Pros: It came, It looks like it will be better than two stools with a towel over them (maybe)

Cons: Poor Instructions, Poor shipping and handling, Underwhelming construction

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Workmate 425

Figured Out In The First Few Minutes To Pitch The Instructions And Figure It Out On My Own. Put It To Use The Next Day And Used The Heck Out Of It. Great Tool To Have !!! Not Built As Strong As Original Models, But Still Nice To Have When Needed !!!

Pros: Very Handy Tool Used The Heck Out Of It On The First Day!!!

Cons: Might As Well Toss The Instructions In The Trash!!! Had To Figure It Out On My Own!!!

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HORRIBLE INSTRUCTIONS

AS EXCITED AS I WAS TO GET A NEW WORKBENCH AFTER 20 YEARS WITH MY 200 MODEL I CAN ONLY HOPE IT IS AS DURABLE AND EASY TO USE BUT AFTER THE LENGTHY ASSEMBLY I AM DISAPPOINTED ALREADY! IT TOOK ALMOST 2 HOURS TO ASSEMBLE THE WORKBENCH, EXTREMELY POOR INSTRUCTIONS, DOESN'T SEEM TO BE AS FUNCTIONAL OR DURABLE AS MY OLDER MODEL BUT WE WILL SEE

Pros: BIGGER

Cons: INSRUCTIONS ARE RIDICULOUS

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More Holes

The rear jaw only has a few places to insert into the base and only a few holes for the jaw pieces. The front jaw only moves 3", so depending on the width of the piece to hold, you can't find a good combo. I had to drill another 6 holes in the rear wood, to use it for all the tools I wanted to mount. (It would also be a good idea if the holes were 3/4" instead of some strange metric size, as 3/4" is not quite enough and 5/8" is too big. I don't have a 13/16" spade bit and I don't think they are even made.)

Bolts for the handles instead of the pins would be an improvement. Also, the one hand operation leaves a lot to be desired. The plastic band that links the knobs likely won't last long (that is unless I cut it first). My old Workmate, with no linkage, didn't seem to be a problem, so this "improvement" really isn't.

Pros: Reasonable Price, seems strong enough for home use.

Cons: Poor instructions, not enough holes in boards, one hand operation poor.

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Instructions Suck

Although men are not supposed to need instructions, anything would have been better than the 'instructions' included in the package. Almost gave up and returned it. I know writing instructions can be hard but a picture is usually worth a thousand words; however, the pictures in the instructions were too small to be of any use.

Hopefully now that it is together it'll work as advertised.

Pros: Should make working outside a bit earier

Cons: Horrible assembly instructions

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