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Black & Decker WM425 Workmate 425 550-Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench

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  • Workmate transforms into a roomy workbench or bench tool stand
  • Heavyweight steel design holds up to 550-Pound
  • One-handed clamp system allows for independent jaw adjustment
  • Measures 29.2 by 8.9 by 29.5-Inch
  • Includes four swivel pegs, extra block, and vise-to-workbench converter insert
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Product Description

Product Description

The most versatile workbench on the market, the Workmate 425 comes with an advanced one-handed clamp system with exclusive clutch design for easy clamping, and a front jaw that swings up for vertical clamping. It folds for easy storage, and has a strong steel construction and holds up to 550-Pound. Its dual height allows for use as a workbench, bench tool stand, vise, or sawhorse.


Black & Decker’s WM425 Workmate 425 550-pound capacity portable workbench has an extremely durable and sturdy frame and an innovative one-handed clamp system. Its feature set and reliability make it ideal for carpenters, woodworkers, DIY enthusiasts, home mechanics, and anyone looking for home shop assistance.

At a Glance
WM425 Workmate 425 Portable Workbench
At a Glance:

  • One-handed clamping system adjusts clamps together or separately

  • Adjustable swivel pegs support multiple shapes

  • Adjustable jaws and vertical clamping provide flexibility and stability

  • Dual height adjustment allows legs to fold under

  • Supports up to 550 pounds, 29 inches by 20-5/8 inches of work surface
At a Glance
Black & Decker WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench
Black & Decker’s WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench supports up to 550-pounds and has a one-handed clamp system (view larger).
A Host of Helpful Features
The array of helpful attributes within Black & Decker’s WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench starts with its inventive one-handed clamping system. This clamping system allows the clamps to be adjusted together or separately, providing vast versatility and a range of project usages. It also comes with adjustable swivel pegs that support a wide variety of shapes by holding oddly or un-routinely-shaped work pieces and holding them securely. Also, the adjustable jaws and vertical clamping provides flexibility and stability when clamping materials as well as providing the ability to clamp different sizes.

Substantial and Strong
Black & Decker’s WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench has a heavy-gauge steel frame construction that supports up to 550 pounds. This is one tough table. It has a handy dual height adjustment, which allows the workbench’s legs to fold under, making it easy to lower the height for larger projects. In addition, the workbench folds up rapidly for simple wall storage or non-intrusive storage within other spaces. It provides you with 1-9/16-inch vertical clamping, 7-1/2-inch parallel clamping, 19-inch parallel peg clamping, and 30-inch diagonal peg clamping.

Dimensions and Warranty
Black & Decker’s WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench measures 29.2 inches by 8.9 inches by 29.5 inches, and has a work surface of 29 inches by 20-5/8 inches. It comes with a two-year warranty.

About Black & Decker
Since 1910, Black & Decker has been setting the standard for innovation and design of power tools, accessories, lighting products, hardware, and other home improvement products. The inventor of the first portable electric drill with pistol grip and trigger switch, Black & Decker has evolved from a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland, to a global manufacturing and marketing powerhouse with a broad line of quality products used in and around the home and for commercial applications. When users need to get work done, they trust Black & Decker for the products that will do the job efficiently and reliably.

What's in the Box
One Black & Decker WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench, 4 swivel pegs.

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Black & Decker’s WM425 Workmate 425 portable workbench has helpful features, stores easily, and is very sturdy (click each to enlarge).

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number WM425
Item Weight37 pounds
Product Dimensions29.2 x 8.9 x 29.5 inches
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Item model numberWM425
National Stock Number5140-01-458-4784
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionComes with Manufacturer Warranty.
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #39,215 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight37 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableNovember 8, 1999
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222 of 230 people found the following review helpful By Phillip P. Schmidt on June 14, 2001
Don't be confused but the WM425 = Workmate 550 Project Center is the latest top of the line. The design of the table is excellent, but its minor construction flaws merit it only 4 stars. First, do consider the problems folks had with shipping damage. This is due to minimal padding in the Black&Decker box. If UPS ships this product without additional protection, there is a good chance it will get damaged. Second, at the store you'll have a choice of which box to select. Even at HomeDepot, some were badly bruised. My unit had a spring that popped off but was easily fixed. What took a little tweaking was the main clamping shelf was not installed parallel to the other boards. I fixed it by making sure the bolts were aligned properly and synched with the sprocketed drive belt, but if you read the assembly directions first, you might get away with fixing this by getting the handles to click, which disengages the sprockets and allows the cranks to be operated independently to fix a misalignment. After these minor fixes, the table worked flawlessly. The book 25 Essential Projects for Your Workshop describes some simple extensions you can build for the Workmate. Don't worry that the benchdogs are plastic, they work fine. You can build stronger ones if you like. The main drive mechanism is plastic, so don't over-torque your work. The only other glitch I couldn't fix was cosmetic. The neato grid did not line up across all three boards because the pre-drilled holes for the support blocks were a little off. I also didn't find that the vertical clamping strength to be very strong, but its adequate, and the one-hand operation works well and is slick. I plan to use my workmate to support some heavy table tools, and clamp some work that I route or carve. My final word to B&D is, you've got a great product, don't blow it with poor packaging and hurried assembly.
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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Doug W. on June 8, 2008
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The WM425 has lots of ingenious features but they are made so cheaply-- with plastic and thin metal-- that those features are more of a marketing ploy than part of a quality Workmate. My original Workmate, which is probably 20 years old, is working like new. My WM425 is already broken-- one of the handles broke off. The WM425 takes me at least twice the effort to perform tasks that the original Workmate can do because the screw length of the WM425 is so short you often have to remove and shift the back two bamboo platforms in order to clamp wood between them-- going from 1 1/2" to 6". Also you often have to find a place to put the center/rear platform that has to be removed at times. The platforms use plastic parts that slide into notches in the top metal rails. The fit of the platforms to the rails are cleaver but I do not believe they will last long-- especially if you need to clamp down hard or move/change them. Which, brings up the point the WM425 Workmate does not clamp down as well as the original Workmate. And, the one handed tightening feature is poorly made and does not work well. The original Workmate sits well on its side when folded up. The WM425 falls over in the slightest breeze.
I called Black and Decker just after my WM425 arrived because one of the plastic pegs arrived broken. The customer service at Black and Decker is excellent and she sent a replacement peg to me on the spot. I told her that the WM425 seemed cheaply manufactured but I would keep it because sometimes things that look cheaply made actually work fine anyway. I also mentioned to her that I would pay much more for an original workmate if they were to manufacture them again-- since I know they last a long time.
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150 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2000
I have two Workmates; the second I purchased last year, and the first, over 15 years ago. Both get regular workouts. I use them for sawhorses, tool stands, clamps, drying stands and more.
The tool stand trick is great for working in restricted quarters, or in the field. I have a number of power tools mounted on a piece of plywood with a cleat screwed to the bottom so I can clamp them on the Workmate for a quick-change tool stand.
The folded metal construction and particle board tops of the current models makes them look more like hobbyist gear than serious tools, but they last. Owners get attached to them, too. Funny, but I've never seen a used one for sale.
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144 of 162 people found the following review helpful By E. Shonts on October 6, 2005
No, I don't work for BD, nor does anyone I am related to. I have NO stake in the company. I'm just a mechanically inclined person who likes tools, knows how to use them, and probably spends too much time thinking, reading and opining about them. And, here I go again...

Regarding all the comments about the drive belt slipping, IT'S SUPPOSED TO DO THAT, you morons!! Oops, did I say that out loud? Anyway, the belt WILL NOT BREAK from this slipping. The original Workmates didn't have that feature, which made the user crank both handles, everytime, ALL the time. The SLIPPING plastic belt is there to speed up the process by homing both sides of the vise jaws against the workpiece, so you THEN can TIGHTEN both vise screws USING TWO HANDS. It's a speed and convenience feature, not a way to torque both sides with one handle. All of the people who complained about the poor instructions were coincidentally the same people who did a likewise poor job of reading them, I guess. Certainly, it can't be any fault of theirs the darn thing doesn't work exactly as they misconceive it should!

Aside from being stamped steel instead of cast aluminum, this modern version is every bit as functional as the originals, if not as cool. Yes, they cheaped it up, but the same parts are there, doing the same jobs, just for less money. If they were still cast aluminum, they'd probably be $200 or $300 these days.

You don't fully appreciate the brilliance of the Workmate until you read about it and it's inventor in the book "The Workbench Book" by Scott Landis.
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