Model # WM425

Internet #202516382

0028873494252

BLACK+DECKER

Workmate 425 30 in. Folding Portable Workbench and Vise

  • Lightweight yet sturdy project center supports up to 550 lbs
  • Large and versatile working surface enabled with benchtop insert
  • Features dual height adjustment legs and One-handed Clamp system
$ 98 08
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Product Overview

  • Lightweight yet sturdy project center supports up to 550 lbs
  • Large and versatile working surface enabled with benchtop insert
  • Features dual height adjustment legs and One-handed Clamp system
Advanced, 1-Handed Clamp system with exclusive clutch design for easy clamping. Front jaw swings up for vertical clamping. Folds for easy storage and carrying. Vise jaws angle to hold wedge shapes up to 8 5/16 in. wide. Swivel pegs hold shapes up to 18-3/4.
  • Sturdy construction holds up to 450 lbs.
  • Adjustable rear jaws give you flexibility to clamp odd shapes
  • Lightweight, portable design folds for easy storage
  • Durable, heavy-gauge steel frame
  • 4 swivel pegs included
  • Versatile for use as a workbench, clamp or vise

Product Overview

  • Lightweight yet sturdy project center supports up to 550 lbs
  • Large and versatile working surface enabled with benchtop insert
  • Features dual height adjustment legs and One-handed Clamp system
Model #: WM425
Internet #: 202516382

Advanced, 1-Handed Clamp system with exclusive clutch design for easy clamping. Front jaw swings up for vertical clamping. Folds for easy storage and carrying. Vise jaws angle to hold wedge shapes up to 8 5/16 in. wide. Swivel pegs hold shapes up to 18-3/4.

  • Sturdy construction holds up to 450 lbs.
  • Adjustable rear jaws give you flexibility to clamp odd shapes
  • Lightweight, portable design folds for easy storage
  • Durable, heavy-gauge steel frame
  • 4 swivel pegs included
  • Versatile for use as a workbench, clamp or vise

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Returnable
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Specifications

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Returnable
90-Day

Questions & Answers

Could you mount a vice to this somehow?

Could you mount a vice to this somehow?
Asked by: WillisMcGriddles
Wen used to make a vice that could be attached to the workmate bench through the holes. The workmate is it's own vice by the adjustable top 2 sections. You could attach a vice to a board and then attach the board to the workmate surface with clamps. Hope this helps.
Answered by: pfc123
Date published: 2018-04-05

how much does the bench weight

how much does the bench weight
Asked by: pj
i would est. 50 lbs, for me its not that easy to fold and or carry because of my bad back.
Answered by: brokedownlineman
Date published: 2018-12-22

how do you open up the workmate after closing

how do you open up the workmate after closing
Asked by: Rondo
how do I openm up the work bench
Answered by: Tim
Date published: 2019-04-06

can i clamp my rigid mitre saw to this workbench?

can i clamp my rigid mitre saw to this workbench?
Asked by: LG
I wouldn't do it directly. I attached my Dewalt 713 miter saw to a 2x4 under the main platen and a 1x2 strip at the back, so they fit around the jaws of my Workmate 225. You may have to modify the concept for the 425, but it's a very stable platform for the miter saw, and also for my Cutech jointer, which I've mounted in a similar way.
Answered by: Daviddj
Date published: 2018-12-27
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Customer Reviews

Workmate 425 30 in. Folding Portable Workbench and Vise is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 442.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Product worked well. One of the boards was slightly warped. Assembly instructions weren't great b... Product worked well. One of the boards was slightly warped. Assembly instructions weren't great but I was able to figure them out once I understood how the middle board worked in and out of position.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My father had a BLACK+DECKER Workmate and it was incredibly... My father had a BLACK+DECKER Workmate and it was incredibly sturdy and useful. So, I had to get one too. The quality is still there. This is a great work bench.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why didn't I buy it earlier! Love the table. Small and steady, portable and stable, versatile and adjustable! It changed the way I see the work! Great thing, for fair cost!
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have had a workmate before but gave it away... I have had a workmate before but gave it away when I moved. This 425 is a little bigger and it will meet my needs. Thank you Lynn Sisler
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Instructions a little to follow. Takes up more... Instructions a little to follow. Takes up more space than I thought. Overall, it's a huge improvement over what I previously had.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavier than I thought but that is a good thing...... Heavier than I thought but that is a good thing... sturdy and I expect it to last for years
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Instructions were vague and table top does not seem to... Instructions were vague and table top does not seem to fit together as expected.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from still is one of the best mobile work bench aground Great one!!! still is one of the best mobile work bench aground Great one!!!
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a gift, but not yet given! Still... This is a gift, but not yet given! Still in the box!
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Returned it, the deck did not go together properly.... Returned it, the deck did not go together properly.
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is a great addition to my work shop this is a great addition to my work shop
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Review Rating provided by a verified purchaser
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good. Love it a lot. ... Very good. Love it a lot.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Workmate 425: Over engineered and lightweight I agree with most of the negative comments posted. I remember seeing this years ago and thought it practical. I finally have the place to store and use it so I purchased it. I researched it on the web (at B & D's site and Home Depot's sites.).... Just received it and assembled it. First, yes the instructions are a joke. I had to look at pictures on the box to get things right as the text is very vague and there are few diagrams. Overall though I was not impressed with the bench's quality. Other's say their previous WorkMate lasted decades. Now it seems as though B&D has over engineered the table and parts. Instead of heavy steel one may pound on and really work with, the metal seems thinner and engineered, not as durable as in the past. Heck, even the pictures on B&D's website present a bench with a wood top that 'appears' to be 1 inch thick plus rather than the 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch it is. Oh, and the mechanism to enable "vertical clamping", the 'vertical locking bar' is interesting too. I had to completely remove the thing during my assembly process and reinstall it to get it to work. I don't think this mechanism is going to be so durable either...Enough, you get the idea. But I haven't found a substitute item for a comparable or slightly higher price. Anyone?
Date published: 2013-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I lost my original workmate last year when hurricane Harvey hit us! It was over 35yrs old, thus ... I lost my original workmate last year when hurricane Harvey hit us! It was over 35yrs old, thus used and abused, as I'm an avid wood-worker, son of an old German finish carpenter. The new one l just bought is not as 'heavy-duty' as my original, ie, the materials used today, from the gauge of metal in the frame to the thickness of the wood workbench itself are of lessor quality. The operation of the unit, re, set-up and/or breakdown, are pretty much the same, however, the wooden vice/clamping part has changed. The mfgrs have added a 3rd section, thus widening the overall workspace which is nice. They also added a 'vertical' clamping option, whereby the narrow worktop piece closest to the hand crank, allow you to use it as a backstop, or to check your work for square, etc! I'm glad Black & Decker still make their infamous workmate! The changes made offset the lessor qualities mentioned above. I'm still referring friends to buy this item, as it's a real 'work-mate', re, a 'third hand', especially when you're the only one working on a project! Buy it! It's worth it!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I've had a double-height workmate for 20+ years, but recently moved it to the cabin. Since then I've decided it would still be nice to have one at home, as well. What attracted me to the WORKMATE 425 was my great experience with previously owned model and the bigger work surface on this one. Unfortunately, other than that I felt the quality has gone down significantly. (E.g., pieces made of thinner, less durable metal, work surface detaches too easily, etc) Even though packaging wasn't damaged, a couple corners of the base were bent so that it couldn't be put in full upright position. Had to hit a few times with hammer to straighten out. Instructions were in very small print and less than adequate, but for a lifelong DIYer manageable. I would imagine a hobbyist that would want for occasional work would have difficulty. I made it through my current project using the WORKMATE 425, but most likely will be returning it and looking to pick up another one like I have at the cabin. That's assuming the quality of that model hasn't degraded.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of money I have owned a previous version of the Workmate for 35 years but it's in the UK and I'm in Texas so I needed another one. This new one is a piece of junk with the metal is so thin you can bend it with your hand and it arrived damaged. The jaws are sloppy and the wood is thinner than it used to be. B&D have taken an excellent product and destroyed it. I wonder at companies that manage to "improve" a design to the point of it being useless. Save your money and buy something else as this one is going back to the store.
Date published: 2015-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For The Price I do not see the need for all the negitive reviews. The only one I somewhat agree with is the thin top boards but I fixed that easily. There is almost nothing you can buy nowadays without some assembly. anyone who could not understand the instructions probably does not have the knowlege to build anything that requires a workmate. Yes, the stamped frame is lighter than the old ones but it takes two arms and every bit of energy for my dad to get his cast model up the stairs, I move mine in one arm. That is a fair trade off. Getting to the thin top, that is my only concern, although probably adequate, I wanted thicker so I could stand on it while painting ceilings like I do on my model 125. I cut three pieces of 3/8 plywood same size as the three top panels. Cut out rectangular holes to clear the attachment blocks, glued and screwed them to the origional boards. After drilling the round holes thru, I have one inch thick top boards. I am satisfied. Perhaps B & D should consider thicker boards as an option. P.S. One customer said he wished he had bought a 225. Toss the middle section and the plastic mounting blocks, screw the front and back boards on permantly and you have a 225 model with one hand clamping.
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is a more-modern version of the B&D Workmate that I purchased nearly 30 years ago. The updat... This is a more-modern version of the B&D Workmate that I purchased nearly 30 years ago. The update includes an expanded work surface with the addition of a removal piece that is similar to a leaf in an expandable dinner table. There also is the option now of turning the piece closest to the front vertically. For my needs, none of these "improvements" were necessary. Although there is very little to assemble, one needs to know how to deal with the removal work-surface pieces. I found the "directions" totally inadequate and in part erroneous. The diagrams are too small and incomplete to understand much of anything alluded to in the cryptic text. If you are like me, save your money and purchase the older, less expensive, model Workmate if you don't want a headache of trying to reconcile how a once-good design went to crap.
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, not great, but not bad. I would have liked to see more written directions /pictures / examples on use. Using it as a table / bench is the obvious, but using the vice, when it is in a vertical position, not so much. At first using the table is clumsy, would like to see the small orange place holders more versatile. The three parts on top, once in position are not flush, so my wood pieces kept getting stuck when I try to slide it across the table. Setting it up is a little tricky at first, unfolding, using the lever, standing it up. And, from the original pictures I saw, I thought there was going to be a handle to grab it, when it is being moved from storage to setup. No handle, unless you consider the skinny lever a handle. Also, thought there would be a place to hang it from as advertising shows it being hung from a wall. I guess you just pick a spot. It serves my purposes for now. Wish it would not have cost so much. I could have probably built a bigger work table, with more options / shelves above and below, for the same cost. I'll still use it, until then.
Date published: 2011-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from i should have gone by the reviews. many where negative for good reason. i owned an original workm... i should have gone by the reviews. many where negative for good reason. i owned an original workmate and thought it was great. the one i just purchased falls far short from the original. the worm gears on the original are 8 inches long. the worm gears on the workmate 425 are 4 inches long which means your always taking our the boards to adjust for the loss of those 4 inches. the boards on the workmate 425 are held in with pieces of plastic which you have to slide in slots which turns out to be time consuming when adjusting the distance of clamping. who ever designed the the workmate 425 didn't think at all about the practical side of the design. the quality of the materials used are also much cheaper. i would not recommend this workmate.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Workmate has been helpful in a recent project to... The Workmate has been helpful in a recent project to make shelves. We had moved recently and I don't have the large work bench that I had before.My only criticism is that the directions for putting it together had extremely tiny pictures and I really had to squint to read how to assemble it.
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does an OK job, but several features are cheap and flimsy The WorkMate 425 is a handy and versatile tool and is worth having in the workshop, but some of the materials used and manufacturing decisions make no sense. The bamboo top is very flat and the three panels are easy to move around and adjust depending on the project. Seems pretty solid once it is set up, though it feels like it is going to fall into a bunch of pieces when you are setting it up. The extensive use of plastic makes me wonder how it will hold up long-term. The top has a plethora of holes drilled for the included plastic bench dogs, and they work great. However, there are many cases where I want to remove all the bench dogs and just use the flat surface. Unfortunately, they didn't provide any secure place to store the dogs when they aren't in use. Yes, there is a little shelf underneath - but as soon as you pick the thing up they are going to fall off. Why didn't they at least punch some holes in the shelf that are the right size??? Unlike the old-style (1980s) WorkMate I used in my younger days, this one has a plastic "belt" linking the two clamp handles. They call this the "Advanced, One Handed Clamp system with exclusive clutch design". I like this idea, but unfortunately it doesn't work as described, and it makes operation of the clamp difficult due to binding. I'm tempted to just remove the belt, but I need to explore a bit to ensure that won't cause issues. The folding legs are a nice feature, but they have a cheap plastic "lock" that is almost certain to break in the near future. Fortunately, I don't think this will impact the usability of the tool. PRO: - very stable - nice-sized work surface - clamping feature is very handy - folds into a decently compact size for storage CON: - manufacturing seems cheap and flimsy. - lots of plastic in critical areas - plastic 'belt' is a pain, and isn't necessary - plastic "hinge locks" for the folding legs - no spot to store the bench dogs when they aren't being used. All in all, it does an OK job for the price and has some nice features, but for most projects my old folding table would do the job as good or better.
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from B&D has really slipped with this product. First, the assembly instructions were terrible. Way to... B&D has really slipped with this product. First, the assembly instructions were terrible. Way too small (come on B&D - pay for another sheet of paper and make the print larger) and extremely confusing and inadequate. (I am an engineer, so this should not have been a multi-hour task for me) Second, the drive belt for the "one-handed" clamping system came partially broken, so it won't last too long. Even if it doesn't break completely, it always comes off-track after a couple of cranks. A poor design and/or construction, which makes one of the key features I wanted unavailable. If this wasn't a gift from a family member I would take it back!
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only problem I had was that the instructions were difficult to read because the words were so sma... Only problem I had was that the instructions were difficult to read because the words were so small.
Date published: 2018-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what it should be I own one of the original Workmates. It was getting a bit rusty and I had to replace the top boards (because I sawed through the originals) so I though I'd update and upgrade. The model 425 looked like the ticket. When it arrived I was happy to see the bamboo top boards. That is a nice upgrade from the particle board tops previously used. But one had a small split in it. I put the 425 together and was disappointed in the precision of the clamping surfaces and the belt that ties the left and right clamp cranks together. The old model could easily clamp irregular work, this won't. The 3rd top section was just a headache. It can be removed or tipped up to clamp in different ways. The fit was sloppy and imprecise. Overall a disappointment. The extra complication is not worth the hassle. This "upgrade" was not. I returned it for a refund. I'll stick with my 25 year old model.
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Product with Acceptions Purpose: 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) Selection: 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
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