Black and Decker Workmate 250kg Load Folding Workbench (was £69.99) Now £34.99 at Homebase
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Black and Decker Workmate 250kg Load Folding Workbench (was £69.99) Now £34.99 at Homebase

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Found 8th Jun 2016
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The Black & Decker Dual Height Workmate allows use as a workbench, bench tool stand, vice or sawhorse.

Features: Adjustable swivel pegs and jaw retention grooves provide clamping versatility and reliable material hold. Constructed from a durable steel frame that will fold flat for compact storage. Designed for easy set-up.
Additional information: Folds flat for compact storage and easy transport. Vice jaw opening: 384 mm. Vice jaw length: 610mm.
Dimensions: (H)72, (W)61, (D)20cm
Guarantee: 2 year.
Maximum weight supported: 250kg
Clamping details: Dual clamping cranks increase clamping force and versatility.
Vice jaw opening: 0 - 136mm
Folding size: (H)20, (W)61, (D)74cm.
Working height: 595/775mm.

Model is WM536
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Amazon have price matched it, but no stock until 13 June. Reviews seem mostly positive with some 1 star reviews mixed in

Amazon have price matched it, but no stock until 13 June. Reviews seem … Amazon have price matched it, but no stock until 13 June. Reviews seem mostly positive with some 1 star reviews mixed in


Yes...and looking at Camel, its also been down to £29.99 a couple of times recently. Would much rather buy and wait from Amazon than Reserve and be told its not available by Homebase.
Edited by: "perkypig" 8th Jun 2016
Have to mention that since Homebase was taken over by an Australian company they are much better for both cost and stock levels - reserve and collect

Waste of money, try this, … Waste of money, try this, http://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-steel-folding-workbench/9312jway better.



Can you split the top surface into two, like the linked one? It looks solid and a single piece in the pictures.
It's a vice so it has to split in two
Wouldn't say this is a hot deal at all.
dale86uk

Wouldn't say this is a hot deal at all.



​Know what you mean,
get your 40 year old design work bench here

Yes...and looking at Camel, its also been down to £29.99 a couple of … Yes...and looking at Camel, its also been down to £29.99 a couple of times recently. Would much rather buy and wait from Amazon than Reserve and be told its not available by Homebase.



Yup Homebase are horrible at this. Probably all reduced items bought by staff to sell on. At least 6 items I've reserved in a row over the past 2 years have ended up disappearing, the last one being the Guild 18V cordless drill for which I had high hopes (7 in stock according to their website at South Ruislip when I reserved it), but just as predicted, had a voicemail the next day stating there had been a 'stock error'. What a bunch of muppets

get your 40 year old design work bench here



Funny you should say that, previous owners of our house left an original workmate from the 70's behind when they moved out, I've used it in some way for pretty much every job I've done so far.

I wonder how those plastic ones will fair at 5 years old, let alone over 40

Waste of money, try this, … Waste of money, try this, http://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-steel-folding-workbench/9312jway better.



I would have to agree. My father had an old Black & Decker workbench which has been almost indestructible and withstood years and years of abuse. Sadly it was jettisoned when moving house, but I wish it hadn't been. I've since gone through "cheap" workbenches from Wickes & B&D, and generally find that either the wooden surfaces are damaged too easily, it's not possible to exert enough clamping force before the wood starts to bow upwards, or that the whole thing is so flimsy that as soon as you start cutting something on it, it feels like it's going to crumple in on itself.

The Forge Steel one linked to is my most recent workbench purchase. It's not what I'd call perfect still, but it's so much better than any of these workbenches at the same price bracket. I've been able to use multiple clamps to secure and cut 2.4m x 0.6m lengths of chipboard, as well as securely hold smaller blocks of wood when routing. I ran into a slight issue when using the router, in that I needed to raise the wood quite a lot (almost out of the clamp jaws), in order to prevent the router guide from fouling the clamp jaws. For that purpose, I would have liked a longer edge that I could use to clamp the length of the wood, but there was still no movement when working with it.
Edited by: "FatalSaviour" 8th Jun 2016
andymagic

Funny you should say that, previous owners of our house left an original … Funny you should say that, previous owners of our house left an original workmate from the 70's behind when they moved out, I've used it in some way for pretty much every job I've done so far.I wonder how those plastic ones will fair at 5 years old, let alone over 40



​My brother in law has been using the keter folding work bench ( same design as this:

screwfix.com/p/f…12j

) for over 9 years, he works for sharps bedrooms 5-6 days a week, he's put it through hell and back and it's still going strong.
nice find

It's a vice so it has to split in two


it looks solid to me too, the "vice" action is by using the supplied 300mm clamps

it looks solid to me too, the "vice" action is by using the supplied … it looks solid to me too, the "vice" action is by using the supplied 300mm clamps


We may be talking at cross purposes.
I'm assuming that you were talking about the Workmate.

Waste of money, try this, … Waste of money, try this, http://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-steel-folding-workbench/9312jway better.



Does look like a nice setup, But I've no experience to even know lol

Yup Homebase are horrible at this. Probably all reduced items bought by … Yup Homebase are horrible at this. Probably all reduced items bought by staff to sell on. At least 6 items I've reserved in a row over the past 2 years have ended up disappearing, the last one being the Guild 18V cordless drill for which I had high hopes (7 in stock according to their website at South Ruislip when I reserved it), but just as predicted, had a voicemail the next day stating there had been a 'stock error'. What a bunch of muppets



Specifically regarding this workbench - I bought one from Homebase 2 years ago at £35, I've seen it loads of times at Homebase for this price and it seems to be always in stock...maybe one of those "permabargains"..
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