Model No. WM425

Workmate® Portable Project Center and Vise

20 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
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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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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Workmate 425

Would strongly suggest doing steps 4, 5 and 6 after step 7. This gives some leverage when having to hammer the pins in through the crank. Otherwise it bounces all over the place and the pins don't go through the holes. This would have saved me about 40 mins in assembly time.

Once it is together, the product works great. I use it for home projects all the time. Had another one, same model, prior to moving and got good use out of it.

Pros: Easy to use once assembled

Cons: Assembly took longer than it should have, several steps should be done in a different order.

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Disappointed with the quality and assembly instructions.

I could not be more disappointed. I had an old Workmate that was heavily used and I thought had seen better days so when I moved I gave it to a friend. If they weren't a friend I would happily trade this new one to my old one. The assembly instructions are terrible, the quality of the material used in the item is less than half the weight of my old one. I haven't finished putting it together and just may take it back to Home Depot, now I know why they don't carry it in their stores.

Pros: None so far

Cons: Inferior to previous models

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