Black & Decker Workmate 536
Waited too long
I never saw the need for a portable bench until I lost the use of my workshop. But a vice of some kind is indispensable, and the Workmate now supplies it in a handy way for all but the heaviest work. The design is simple, allowing almost any shape to be gripped, including logs for sawing, and the whole bench can be locked down with a foot on the lower shelf. A good tool and excellent value for money
26 Aug 2008
I swiped this from my dad. The earliest I remember him having it was about 1982. I still use it now without fault. It's used for wood working either with timber or for holding huge logs while the chainsaw does it's business. It's rusty and the top has been marked a few times but it was cheap then, is still cheap now and is not only the original but the best there is. It has been well used and I expect it will get swiped by my son at some point.
14 Dec 2014
improvement on my old one
had my original workmate for more than 40 years and apart from losing the plastic feet it still functions well. I have let my son have that one as he has just moved into his new house. Treated myself to a new one now I am retired and tackling even more DIY jobs. I like the improved worktop but resisted paying for the extra features of more expensive models as these functions can be carried out using a few inexpensive clamps:-)
29 Oct 2014
I could have written my Review, "word for word," with HtheDIY man's review.
At the risk of tempting 'Fate,' I can say that I've had no problems with my B&D Workmate over the 30+ years I have used it.
Built to last.
No corrosion/rust etc.
18 Aug 2014