[4]

Any Benefit To Having Two Workmate Workbenches?

[3]
[10] Like what you see?
Click here to donate to this forum and upgrade your account!

Susan_in_SF

Wood and Metal Goddess
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Messages
207
Likes
185
#1
Hi Guys,
So, as i have mentioned a million times in past posts, I have a severe space issue with my 1 car garage. Originally, before the metalworking bug bit me, i was planning on making a woodworking workbench since i was making a woodworking workshop. Now that I am now more focused on metalworking, I've settled on just using my Workmate 400 portable workbench. I don't know how long ago the 400 model was made. Nonetheless, I like how heavy duty and stable it is. I saw on craigslist someone selling the same model workmate for only $15, and it looks to be in extremely good condition and has all 4 cheapo orange bench dogs.
Has anyone on this forum owned 2 workmates where you can share how much or how little having 2 vs 1 helped you with your work?
Thanks!
 

Tozguy

Active User
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Feb 15, 2013
Messages
1,729
Likes
1,125
#2
I bought a second one because the first one is so useful. But one has been enough for what it is designed for and I would not be without one.
The second one has been used as a bench for years now with two plywood shelves added. It is permanently erected beside the lathe holding lube bottles, files, rags, brushes, etc.
I recently turned down a third one for free (estate clearance) because of a space issue. The decision was not easy to make but It was the right one for me.
 
Last edited:

stupoty

Active User
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Dec 2, 2012
Messages
983
Likes
232
#3
I thought every one had two of um ?

;)

Stu
 

pdentrem

Active User
Registered
Joined
Jan 28, 2011
Messages
1,988
Likes
481
#4
I have 3 of them.
 

Dabbler

Administrator Trainee
Staff member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Oct 11, 2016
Messages
621
Likes
443
#5
I have 3. 2 are useful for holding long items, like angle iron or 2X4s. When both are engaged, the 3rd one comes out to do somthing else. I use the 3rd one more often than I thought. My 3rd one was a giveaway.
 

C-Bag

Ned Ludd's bro
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Feb 9, 2017
Messages
506
Likes
345
#6
It was my only portable bench for several years. But it has been replaced with a HF cart I put a top on and a HF hydraulic lift cart. Because my space is so small I need everything on castors and storage the Workmate now sits in the storage shed. It was great until it wasn't.
 

Downunder Bob

H-M Supporter - Sustaining Member
Staff member
H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
Joined
May 16, 2016
Messages
1,037
Likes
422
#7
I imagine a second one would come in handy when the first one is covered in stuff, Likewise a third one, when the first two are covered in junk, etc. etc.
 

Bi11Hudson

Artificer00
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Feb 13, 2017
Messages
221
Likes
254
#8
I use two(2) and at times wish I had three(3). I do my own (re)construction work on my house(s)... ... One to hold stationary tools such as a mitre saw and the other to hold the work. Great for holding tooling that is used only occasionally and needs to be moveable. Like the afore-mentioned mitre saw. A scrap of plywood and a scrap of 2x4 and I have a (temporary) work bench.
 

Ken from ontario

H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Dec 26, 2016
Messages
934
Likes
676
#9
They don't take up much room when folded up so for $15 I'd get it .
 

Susan_in_SF

Wood and Metal Goddess
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Messages
207
Likes
185
#10
It was my only portable bench for several years. But it has been replaced with a HF cart I put a top on and a HF hydraulic lift cart. Because my space is so small I need everything on castors and storage the Workmate now sits in the storage shed. It was great until it wasn't.
Understood. Thanks C-Bag
 

Susan_in_SF

Wood and Metal Goddess
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Jul 18, 2017
Messages
207
Likes
185
#11
Ok. Thanks everyone. Now, I won't feel guilty buying another Workmate 400 :)
 

C-Bag

Ned Ludd's bro
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
Joined
Feb 9, 2017
Messages
506
Likes
345
#12
Too bad you're not local as I'd gladly donate my Workmate to your cause.
 

yendor

Active User
Registered
Joined
Dec 11, 2013
Messages
183
Likes
63
#13
I had one then when my father in law passed I gave away his.
Whoops - that was a mistake.
Can't remember how many times a 2nd one woujld have been handy.
 

BaronJ

Brass
Registered
Joined
Aug 7, 2018
Messages
659
Likes
334
#14
Hi Everybody,

I have three BD work mates. I often use two of them to create a temporary work surface if I'm doing long stuff, and the other gets pressed into service supporting a circular saw or press drill depending upon the job at the time. More often than not outside to give me room that I don't have inside.
 

Ken from ontario

H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Dec 26, 2016
Messages
934
Likes
676
#15
I'm not proud to say this but I used to collect the earlier model B&D Workmates!, it all started 10-12 years ago when I did a lot of woodworking and found these foldable tables essential to have in a my small wood shop, I still have 8 of them but 4 are put away in my shed and 4 are currently used in my shop.
One is modified as a make shift welding table , one is for holding two belt grinders, the other 2 are my temporary worktable .

The "H" frame design was( and still is) very popular/ collectable , I would not hesitate to buy one if the price was reasonable.
 
Last edited:

NortonDommi

Active Member
Registered
Joined
Nov 15, 2016
Messages
360
Likes
242
#16
A sheet of 3/4" ply with a couple of cleats screwed to it makes a great layout table that wont get knocked loose and the ply is easy to store against a wall with the Workmates.
 

Winegrower

H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Jul 29, 2014
Messages
149
Likes
133
#17
I have a Black & Decker workmate that I liked and used a lot until the cheap plastic clips that hold the legs out broke. It's basically useless now, just can't quite get to the point of trashing it. Maybe I can make something from it...any suggestions??
 

pdentrem

Active User
Registered
Joined
Jan 28, 2011
Messages
1,988
Likes
481
#18
Maybe make a spring metal clip to replace the originals?
 

Ken from ontario

H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Dec 26, 2016
Messages
934
Likes
676
#19
I believe you can still order those plastic clips but don't know how much they cost .
 

bmac2

Newbie
Registered
Joined
Feb 23, 2017
Messages
7
Likes
3
#20
I use my workmate almost every time I’m in my wood shop, it was like having someone to help out that didn’t have an opinion.
 

Winegrower

H-M Supporter - Silver Member
H-M Supporter - Silver Member ($10)
Joined
Jul 29, 2014
Messages
149
Likes
133
#21
Well, you guys are probably right...maybe I could make new ones, never made a spring like these. Ordering would be better. I am somewhat embarrassed that I haven't had the energy to do something about this. In the time to actually make new springs, I could make 100 posts complaining about it. :)
 

Allan

Active User
Registered
Joined
Oct 7, 2012
Messages
204
Likes
23
#22
Susan, I have two of them and they are the only work bench I have. I glued and screwed a 2x4 to the bottom of a piece of 3/4" plywood and camp it in the jaws for a working surface. I use it for layout and even bullet casting. I also welded up a round disc to the top of a piece of rectangular tubing and bolted a largish vice to it. The opposite end has a "wing" on it that catches under the wooden jaws so that it can't cant up and out of the jaws. It isn't very stable but I have done a pile of sawing and filing that way. Crude and sometimes frustrating but effective for a po' boy.
 

Janderso

Always Learning
H-M Platinum Supporter ($50)
Joined
Mar 26, 2018
Messages
930
Likes
589
#23
I inherited one from my wife's EX before we were married, (35 years ago) I wore that one out. Meanwhile, I sawed through one I got for Christmas,( not all the way though.)
I bought another down the line. They are handy as heck.
 
[6]
[5] [7]
Top