Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 220
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TheWoodworker Good but not durable
I bought this to replace my old FORTY year old Workmate which is still usable but getting very beaten up it has been used so much. As one of the previous reviewers noted, it has some useful new features but the build is now so cheap I cannot foresee it lasting more than 5 years. Plastic has replaced metal in some critical parts, and the edge-finishing is sharp. I cannot foresee the bamboo top lasting long with repeated clamping - the edge has already splintered.
I do like the added versatility over the old model, but at the expense of less-durable build and weight reduction, I feel this is a poor trade-off.
I have used and abused my old one; it has been one of my great workshop assets. Such a shame the build of the new model is not to the same quality and durability. That's off-shore manufacturing and cost-savings I suppose.
I think I'll give the new one to my kids and re-make the top on my old one - out of Baltic birch plywood as per the original.
October 7, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by AEKeddy This is ok. Not that durable and quite expensive for what it is. The vise function is kind of a joke
April 8, 2009
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gator Great Piece of Equipment
I read a lot of reviews and was almost scared off by all of the negative comments about how difficult it is to put the Workmate 425 together. Don't Listen To Them! I've never seen one of these before except on TV and I had it out of the box, completely assembled and working in 15 minutes. Had I actually seen one before it would have taken 10. Yes... I had to read the directions twice but it went right together. It works great, is a good height, and despite what you read in other reviews the vice is plenty strong enough to take care of all your household projects.
Don't listen to the non-mechanical people writing the bad reviews... If you can't get this assembled and working in 15 to 30 minutes... You don't need it cuz you have no business owning tools or trying any DIY projects.
April 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by james Works Great
I bought this work bench to replace one I bought 30 years ago. This one seems to be made of the same quality materials. I will be very happy if it also lasts 30 years. I really like the section that flips up and becomes a vertical clamp. My old one did not have this feature. It was a little confusing to put together due to poorly written instructions. I referred to the picture on the box to make sure i was putting it together correctly. All in all, a great buy.
March 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Smallengineguy Fine could be better
I have no garage so I need a stable portable work table. This fits the bill. Frame is sturdy. Assembly instructions are poor but you can figure it out. Down grades for plastic components in the vise assembly that require gentle handling. Also, Unlike the smaller model (which I had for 16 years) I find this one extremely difficult to open as it is hard to hold the unit down to unfold to its full height. The work surface is large which is wonderful, the trade off is I can't get my foot underneath to hold the unit down when I unfold it. I am willing to accept that I may be of below average intelligence and will figure it out, but right now it is a major bummer.
April 14, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by JerBear Functional for some applications
To many plastic parts, long term durability highly questionable. The travel distance of the clamp is to short leaving user constantly scrambling to find a way to make it work for most applications. It is a functional low end product whose price point exceeds its value.
April 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by koffeekup Improved versatility and design
This replaces my old Black & Decker Workmate that I received as a Mother's Day gift about 15 years ago. I really like the new one because it has a larger working surface, dual vise adjustment (one-handed), one end can be positioned at a 90 degree-angle, the center panel can be set aside to allow a larger jaw opening, the height can be used at two different elevations due to the folding legs on the bottom of the frame, folds easily for storage. Only one thing is missing - a set of casters that would allow it to be rolled while folded up.
March 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fred A very good and useful tool....
Even simple, instructions should have a video from manufacturar showing "How easy to assemble" it is. Otherwise is not "that simple"...
Should be around more videos showing "How to" use the very ingenious features on it . Example, i can't find a proper way to hold a door on top of it (like pictures show) and keeping in balance. Everything will fall at minimum contact in this case (Not a heavy door, by the way)
I'm very please with the buy, but will be even more if i can learn more about it.
I would give five stars with more instructions.
May 5, 2015