I remember when I bought the Black & Decker workmate, I was honestly not that sure I would ever get that much use out of it. However my Dad had one, my Uncles had them and many of my mates had one as well.
Well there was just no way I was going to be left out so I got the wallet out and bought one. Before I had it, sawing wood was either done in my bench vice, or more often than not, I tortured the wife and got her to hold one end for me.
Enter my new workmate and many problems were solved. The principle behind one of these is about as simple as it gets and I often find that simple things just work a treat.
For me it is just like having a spare pair of hands and yes it is also a bit of fun to play around with as well. At the end of the day if nothing else, it makes you feel like a real joiner. (Well inside my strange head it does anyway)
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How Buyers Rate the Workmate?
- Overall these have received an online buyer rating of 83%
- 56% of those buyers have given these a full 5 star rating
- 9% of all buyers gave these a bad rating
Our Online Buyer Ratings Explained
When doing our research, we check the various websites that sell this type of baby care product. We make a note of the ratings, and from those we calculate an average score, which we mark out of 100%
- 90-100% - This is an excellent rating
- 80-89% - This is a very good rating
- 70-79% - This is a good rating though buyers should be wary of poor reviews
- 60-69% - This is an average rating but we would not recommend products in this range
- Less than 60% - we don’t recommend products lower than 60% ever as they are low quality
This Workmate rates at 83% so sits in the very good rating range for a typical product review.
What Buyers Say About the B&D Workmate?
When doing our research, we also make note of the most common comments that are made, both the good ones and the bad ones. We then show those to our readers by using an easy to read Pros and Cons table which you can read just below.
B&D Workmate Product Information
Black and Decker do a few different models in their Workmate range. This one is cheap and cheerful and does the job as good as any of them.
I have been using this off and on for a couple of years and it is just a handy thing to have in your shed. Over the years we all gather up tools, bits and pieces and we all probably have some version of a Workmate somewhere in the garage or shed.
I could get into a whole lot of technical stuff about this, but let’s face it, nothing in this tool is that hard to figure out.
I use it mainly for clamping wood and sawing it. You turn the handle on either side and that opens and closes the wooden vice. That bit holds the wood and then you work on it.
It folds away easy enough but it can still take up a bit of room. In some of the older versions the legs folded using a metal bit between the legs. That used to stick out and I would usually manage to walk in to the stupid thing.
With this version they got rid of that and the legs just push together for easier storage. Here is a video of a chap putting one together.
Assembly of the WM301
Yes you do have to assemble this yourself. Yes they do give you a plan to do that. No it is never as simple as it looks. That is why I included this video. Here is an idea for manufacturers that they should do tomorrow.
Stop including those paper mystery instructions and put a web link to a video that shows us how.
Technology has moved on and this would make ALL our lives a great deal easier. I mean have a look at that paper instruction and see just how many things could go wrong here. I did this myself and it takes about 15 -20 minutes.
In the video the chap shows us how to do this and he is right, watch out for those blocks. Otherwise it is pretty straightforward to get it done.
Our Verdict on the B&D Workmate WM301
The quality is fine and it is handy for many DIY tasks at home
Overall online buyers have given this a consistent rating
It isn't cheap but for what you get, good value for money
Overall Rating : 83%
This workmate costs around £40-50 so it is never going to be a high end product. It is a metal stand with two bits of wood on top that you can hold wood with.
It isn’t a solid workbench made of mahogany and hand crafted by an Italian sculptor. The people who complained said that the instructions were rubbish. They are right about that, but as the video showed, it isn’t exactly like building a rocket.
Well all I can say is it took me 20 minutes to put together and I have been using it on and off without any bother. It is all about expectations I guess.
I could not make one of these myself and I do not want to fork out £100 on a really good one because I only use it maybe once a month. This one will do the job though it is not anything special.