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Black & Decker WM225 Workmate 225 Portable Work Bench, 450 Pound Capacity

by Black & Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • 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

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number2763-1027
Item Weight11 Kg
Product Dimensions76.8 x 17.1 x 61.3 cm
Item model numberWM225
Item Package Quantity1
Weight10.9 kilograms
Length76.8 centimeter
Width17.1 centimeter
Height61.3 centimeter
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #1,744 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight14 Kg
Date First AvailableSept. 16 2011
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Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

Workmate 225 Portable Project Center and Vise.

The Workmate 225 might be what's missing from your home shop. Its versatility makes it an especially ideal choice for those with limited shop floor space: Use it as a workbench, a bench tool stand, a vise, or a sawhorse; when the job's done, you can quickly break it down and store it out of the way. (Try that with a regular workbench!) Its portability is no small advantage: essentially, the Workmate lets you move your shop wherever you need it. The Workmate's legs fold under to provide the lower height and stability needed for use as a base for bench tools. Its all-steel construction and rubber feet ensure a stable, strong work surface that supports up to 450 pounds. And its independently adjustable jaws have two swivel pegs each, allowing you to hold almost anything. The Workmate 225 is Black & Decker's intro model. They also offer the Workmate 550, which is a little burlier, has a nice clamping device, and is more expensive. For light-duty, home shop use, though, the Workmate 225 is an excellent choice. --Tim Block

Product Description

WORKMATE 225 PROJECT CENTER *Steel construction holds up to 450 lbs. *Advanced one-handed clamp *Dual height for use as a workbench, bench tool stand, vise or sawhorse *Folds for easy storage

Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFFORDABLE, WELL BUILT BENCH April 14 2012
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It's my second Workmate. My wife purchased the first one years ago and it is stiil as new, except for a few scatches and dents I made while using it. This one is lighter than the first one, but with a larger load capacity. I currently use them as work benches, but I also have devised light adaptors which enable me to use one as table for the mitre saw and the other one as support for a portable table saw. Properly positionned, they are great for both uses. My setting is domestic occasional use. Good transaction with Amazon.: proper packaging, prompt delivery, product as described and delivered intact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic. Oct. 8 2013
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I have always liked these Black and Decker workmates. They are light, portable and have a variety of uses as a clamping mechanism and travelling work surface. It's an ingenious design. This is one of their middle of the pack models but it does everything you need for the home handyman.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Bad Things Happen to Good Products March 19 2014
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I'll keep the product as it's cheap and will do in a pinch.

What is irksome is that it's a great design built with every corner cut - manufactured for sale rather than use.
It's a shining example of why those blinded by the bottom line shouldn't be allowed in the design department.
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  233 reviews
188 of 198 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Darn Handy but Made-to-Break Jan. 23 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My Workmate "was" the handiest thing around. It folds flat, is quite stable, and is nicely adjustable. The problem is that the worm screw parts and table mounting brackets are made of cheap PLASTIC. It didn't take long, but one by one, they've all cracked and broken. The particle board surface also chips and splinters with use. I think B&D designed this product to die after a year or two. I would give it 5 stars if all the critical mounting parts were made out of metal. B&D needs to at least sell replacement parts which I haven't been able to find anywhere.
69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh review and opinion Oct. 18 2010
By Dutch van Siskiyou - Published on Amazon.com
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I received the B&D 225 today, Oct. 18, 2010, and just minutes ago finished assembly. I'm near 60 and have a nicely equipped machine shop at home and do welding, both gas and arc. I purchased the 225 to make a portable welding bench by adding a piece of 1/4" steel plate 24x36" that sits on an angle iron frame that raises the steel top about 8 inches off the 225 and that will be clamped in the jaws for stability.

My father bought one of the early aluminum frame Workmates, must have been in the 1970s, that just broke last year, 2009. I felt it was a valuable addition to my shop not only as a temporary tool platform for the planer or chop saw but also as a portable and versatile work surface. I've felt a little lost without it so it was time to replace it with a new Workmate.

I studied and read about the various models, including the 425, and decided for $70 delivered from Amazon that the 225 was exactly what I needed. Below is my immediate impression and feedback on the "Workmate 225 Type 5". No, I can't tell you what Type 1 through 4 were all about.

No where did I read that this 225 was as simplified as it is. There is no longer 2 movable jaws. Only the front jaw is movable. The rear jaw can be fixed in one of 3 positions against which the front jaw exerts clamping pressure. I thought about this for a few minutes and decided that simple was better. Simple means fewer parts. Simple means it does the same job with fewer parts. There's nothing negative about fewer parts as long as the tool does the same job, and it does.

In one of the reviews a buyer lamented at the "plastic" parts. Well, the only plastic parts are the crank handles, knobs, the 4 spacer blocks under the 2 wooden jaws and the 4 clamp dogs on top, which are larger and have Vee's for small round material. The female threaded parts for the vise screws are not plastic but appear to be cast nylon. These are the only two parts that would need replacement from Black & Decker. I say this because the crank handles, knobs, jaw spacers and clamp dogs can all be easily made of maple by the home wooodworker and the 225 would be all the better for this slight improvement.

The wooden jaws are 3 plies of laminated hardwood. Not OSB or fiberboard. When I say laminated I mean there's a lot of lamination going on.

The 225 has 2 practical heights. The legs folded in and legs extended with the top up. The top down position may be impractical with much weight. For use as a welding table 2 heights is very nice to have.

The one and only negative could be the lack of leveling screws on the extended legs and lack of adjustment on the 4 feet in the 'legs folded' position. The old Workmate had rubber footed screw adjustable feet on both those levels.

Otherwise the pressed steel frame certainly feels up to the job, far as I'm concerned. It does not feel inadequate as far as strength and ease of use. I'm glad I bought the 225 and I highly recommend it.

Shipping via FedEx was fast and there was absolutely no damage whatsoever.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great until I broke the worm gear follower April 12 2004
By Meghan Baronowski - Published on Amazon.com
My father has had a workmate for years. It had provided about 5 years of faithful 'moderate' to 'light' duty service. It's a must for space starved garages or workshops, and is fantastic for clamping. One of its drawbacks is its unwieldy center of mass when it folded up and placed on its side. It has a tendency to want to tip over if bumped, and in a confined garage that can be a problem. Alas, about a month ago it fell over and broke the plastic worm gear follower. It is a shame that they selected a thermoset plastic for this part. Because of its lack of ductility when it hit the deck it shattered into a several pieces. At first pass for the designers to make a part of this complex geometry out of plastic was the obvious choice, however, a die casting of the same part would have been much better.(...)
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Workmate Dec 2 1999
By TinkOrgYdS@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
I currantly own two WM's I bought one of original and later a 225 (I think) These tools are like having extra man on the job. Have used as clamp for planing/pipe clamp/a sheet metal brake. I use them as temp mounts for bench mount type machinery. Jigs set up for routing table on site. These tools are used for everything and I am now going to add a third to my shop with the 425. I can see this as a great setup table for small projects. Bigger jobs with 2x extensions clamped and plywood work top (bench top). Perfect for site work, small shop and large shop too.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like they used to.... Jan. 6 2008
By Gentile Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong - the Workmate is a very useful "tool" to have around - it's just that I have the "misfortune" of perspective: I also have an older version of the workmate (actually the model 200) to compare to. The "new" version uses metal that's *half* the thickness of the old Workmate, and the jaws are made from 5/8" bamboo vs. 7/8" laminated industrial board. The new version does allow for more adjustment in the jaws, but the mechanism for this makes the jaws feel flimsy. Like I said, the Workmates are nice to have around and pretty much worth the money - but it's just sad to see that time and technology have produced a less robust product. I guess that's just one more sign of the times....
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