Product Review #2 01/04

The Black & Decker Workmate 425 Portable Project Center and Vise

Black and Decker's Workmate model #WM425 is a great, portable workstation that folds up in a snap for easy transportation and storage (it hangs nicely on a shop or garage wall). When set up, the Workmate provides a sturdy work surface complete with horizontal and vertical vise settings, and can support up to 550 lbs. It's a versatile unit, and one we've worked with in the past. The Workmate's durable bamboo surface paired with its lightweight construction makes it ideal for doing finish carpentry—or various other projects—wherever you need it. It comes partially assembled and is easy to complete, with detailed step-by-step instructions. The frame is made of heavy-gauge steel, and the surface is comprised of three very tough yet lightweight bamboo panels, or 'jaws.' These jaws are mounted on adjustable platforms that act as clamps, because they are able to slide apart and close tightly together, all with a twist of the one-handed clamping system. With the lift of a lever, the clamps can function vertically as well. The swivel pegs are adjustable, and can accomodate the clamping of odd-shaped materials, which we've found to be a very handy feature. A 25-foot extension cord and 6-outlet power strip are included.

Black and Decker's Workmate, model #425 measures 31" tall, and allows up to 22-1/2" of clamping capacity.
This unit retails for around $99.99 (list $201.95). Click HERE for user reviews and/or to buy this project center at

—Gabriel Vandervort

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