In need recommendations for a workmate type unit. I would be looking
for, quality, economical, and ease of use.
Something I would be able to make good use of, but more than anything
my wife would be able to use with ease and not frustration. I am
going to use it till I have a bench made, once I am done with my bench
it will be come hers.
Mine is pretty heavy. If she is going to setting it up, taking it down,
and/or moving it around I suggest she be involved in the selection process.
Go to the borg together & try several models.
If she's not going to be moving it, big, heavy and stable is good. Mine is
very stable to use.
On 15 Jan 2004 10:03:31 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug) wrote:
A Workmate. Lots of copies out there (and a few clones). None are
as good as the original.
The very first Workmates were cast aluminium, not pressed and welded
steel. These are very good bits of kit and well worth grabbing, if you
see one at an auction.
Contemporary Workmates come with plywood, MDF or chipboard tops, in
that order or robustness. They all work, but some last longer and are
more damp-resistant than others.
The best Workmate models are the mil-surplus type (much stronger) or
the more commonly found "industrial" sort. They're squarer, bigger and
don't have the height adjustable legs, but they are a slightly better
I don't like the recent versions with the vertical clamping jaw. It
loses too much rigidity. I'm not too impressed with the "single
handed" version either, but it doesn't sem to have a real downside.
If you get one, a set of Workmate hold-downs (toggle clamps that go
through the benchtop holes) is worth adding to it. They also sell
spare plastic mounting blocks for the rear jaw. These are worth
getting too, as you can make extra jaws for it, such as a router
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