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Forum topic by Halfday posted 04-23-2019 12:50 AM 327 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2019 12:50 AM

Most Workmates possess a protruding, offset step or shelf, maybe 7 or 8 inches off the floor, that is part of the metal framework. I purchased my Workmate, some years ago, without that appendage. Can someone please explain what purpose that protrusion serves? Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-23-2019 12:52 AM

I always thought it was so you could use your foot to hold it down…

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#2 posted 04-23-2019 01:23 AM

There is one main reason, stability. Widely spread legs are more stable. If you can put a step up on the step when sawing a piece in the vice, more stable. If the legs were closer together and you had the vise wide open for a large piece, unstable. There may be other reasons such as more economic use of materials or a design more suited to construction methods but stability is the main reason. That is of course how they used to advertise themselves, compact, tough, and stable.

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#3 posted 04-23-2019 03:55 AM

Footrest to help hold it down… some also have places to hold tools like screwdrivers and what not. Only Workmates I’ve seen without the step are the smaller ones (Workmate 100, 125, etc…).


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#4 posted 04-23-2019 01:43 PM

ive had one for over 30 years now and loved it,very stable and could do many tasks,but with a full shop now it doesn’t get used much anymore.i agree about the footrest or shelf it was to stand on for more stability.

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