Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 164
Rated 3 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 1 out of 5Â by HappyHomeOwner I would not recommend this product
There's a good reason why it's not carried in stores! If people saw its flimsy build and complicated assembly no one would buy it!! It's not very good quality, appears to be hard plastic of sorts. Directions are HORRIBLE and unclear. I even tried looking for Youtube videos but there weren't any for my particular type. I am very disappointed and will most likely never use it. Poor quality and hard to put together (if not impossible). I would HIGHLY recommend you NOT buy this product. Descriptions are misleading and almost border on false advertising.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â by ScienceRules Extremely versatile and sturdy
Hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, saws, pliers, and the Workmate 425. The workmate is for me, a basic tool. From being a sawhorse, to a power tool workstation, a vise, a woodworking bench, to just as a height adjustable flat surface, this model of workmate is fantastic. I have a Ketter work bench, a Black and Decker folding work station and an original (before there were different models) Workmate that I've had for over 25 years. This Model 425 is the best - its easier to use - one-handed clamping, vertical clamping and work surface size-adjustable, It's sturdy yet portable and easily stored. Very well designed and a good value (especially because Home Depot's price and free to store delivery saved me over $20).
September 23, 2014