Black and Decker Workmate - Can you put a vice on it?

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  1. JD2012

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    I need a Workbench but my shed is not that big so i was thinking of buying something like a Black and Decker Workmate. I also have a small vice that was on my old bench.

    Can i use this on a B&D Workmate with say wing bolts to remove it as and when i need it?

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. just pumps

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    Don`t see why not, just be careful the thing doesn`t tip up when using it.
     
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    my suggestion
    get a bit off 3x2" or 63x38mm cls cut to length off the jaws and clamp in jaws
    measure the size off the outside edge off the jaws width and length
    cut 2 bits off 12mm ply or mdf to the full size and firmly glue together
    screw and glue the 3x2" on the bottom then affix the vice to this
    the timber will not only give you somthing to hold it in the workmate but give rigidity across the jaws
     
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    Yes but workmates tend to be lightweight and unstable.
     
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    what use are you thinking off ??
    as said no good for heavy work
     
  7. rsgaz

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    Depending on what you need to clamp/cut/whatever, have you heard of Triton SuperJaws?

    A sort of combination of a workmate and a vice together.
     
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    Workmates are cruddy now, unstable and easily bent.
    Youll be lucky to support a vice on it. best come up with another solution.
     
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    Didn't that bloke drop a car engine on it in the advert back in the day?

    I don't think you can even stand on the MDF jaws in today's models.
     
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    I have one of the old models, with ply jaws. It survived having a section of wall (about a dozen bricks) fall on it from a height of about 1 metre!
     
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    You might find a Batavia Croc Lock more useful, and much more robust

    Nozzle
     
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