Rated 4 out of
Workmate 425 review for craftwork
This is a solid, well made product for use by people doing jobs around the house. I don't think it is designed for commercial intensity. Instructions for putting the product together could be more clear with better diagrams. There seemed to be a strong interest in saving paper and ink. I used the picture on the box more than the instructions. Once together it all made sense. The Workmate is made of good quality laminated wood, plastic and metal. Some bigger people may find it a little short. I'm 5'7" and it works for me. It folds and stores well and would be easy to transport in a vehicle. I found cutting some wooden strips and using extra clamps completes the ability to hold work down. Overall I am glad I bought this product and will use it outside for doing dirty grinding, sanding and cutting jobs I don't want to do in my confined in house work space.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated 1 out of
Bad service and product
Ordered this for Christmas for my husband. Parts are not missing but wrong.
Husband opened it up and took all parts out. Started to put together and the middle board is wrong. Holes are not placed correctly to be able to use the angle/cutting guide. It's printed on the wrong end OR the holes are drilled wrong.
Very disappointed. In recieving this in the condition it is in and now he won't even be able to use the Cutting guide. With having an injured back, it will be almost impossible to get everything back in a sack/vehicle to return to store.
Husband is the construction business and was looking forward to using this at home on personal projects.
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of
Great portable work surface
I have 3 of these and just bought another for a fairly big project. These are really nice and can be confusing to the inexperienced user to the point where one may think they were shorted some parts or otherwise. One must read the instructions before assuming. The work table is tough and the other 3 have lasted for 6 years enduring professional as well as home use.
Date published: 2016-04-23
Rated 5 out of
This little bugar has come in handy for working on projects. I have given this bench excellent on just about everything. However, putting it together did get a little hectic near the end. Aligning the 2 turn knobs put up a little fight, but if you are mechanically inclined then all obstacles are easy to conquer.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 4 out of
Not perfect, but great customer service from B&D
One of the bench top boards I received was warped. I contacted Black & Decker customer service and they replaced all three boards right away without any hassle. I have to commend the B&D folks because they were so easy to work with and stood behind their product. So far I like the work bench for my around the house projects and hobbyist woodworking. I think it is a good value for the price. I should mention that the instructions for both using the bench and assembling the workbench are pretty useless.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 2 out of
Not my old workmate.
Like many I have owned a workmate for thirty or more years and bought this one based on my experience with the older one. This unit is not much more than a glorified table in my opinion. The old unit had independent screw adjustments to lock down odd shapes. This unit has mirrored adjustments that keep it at straight angles. I do not care for that. When the table leg extensions are up it is far too short making it only useful in one position. If I had seen this assembled prior to purchase I would not have chosen this.
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 4 out of
Will do the job
Not as robust as previously owned. Direction slightly vague, but overcame that. The way the top surface only slots into frame will be proven with time. Probably ok for the casual user but not to sure about everyday commercial. Overall, satisfied for my needs.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of
An Excellent Workbench with Exceptions
I needed a bench that would meet the following criteria:
* Collapsible to save floor space in my garage
* Light to medium duty for projects around the house
* Heavy enough to be stable on tough/heavy jobs
* Multiple height settings for different size jobs
* Horizontal and Vertical clamping capabilities
* Sufficient work surface area
* Resistant to humidity both; metal and wood
* One hand clamping
* Reasonable price point (around $100)
There are a number of Workmate models available from simple benches such as the WM125 style to the more complex WM1000 model. After reading the reviews and specifications I realized that the WM425 had the best match for my criteria.
Shipping: 5 Stars
Shipping was very cost effective at the time and it arrived in just a few days.
Packaging: 1 Star
The Workmate was shipped in retail display packaging which is insufficient for typical shipping. The package was damaged with the top almost completely ripped off and I cannot fault the carrier as the cardboard was very thin. As a result one of the plastic feet was missing. The retail box should be shipped inside a stronger shipping box as I have seen with other items.
Customer Support: 5 Stars
Customer Support was very courteous and responsive when I called for the replacement plastic foot that was missing due to poor packaging. The replacement arrived in a few days without item or shipping cost.
Assembly: 2 Stars
The assembly instructions were very poor.
Durability: 5 Stars
The bench top is now made of bamboo and not particle board which is sensitive to moisture. All of the metal parts are well painted. So, I do not anticipant any rust or swelling of the bamboo bench top due to the high humidity that can be found in Austin Texas.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
I have deducted one half star due to the flimsy retail packaging the bench was shipped in resulting in the loss of a plastic foot. This was preventable. Otherwise I am delighted with this bench.
Date published: 2016-05-14