"I swiped this from my dad. The earliest I remember him having it was about 1982. I still use it now without fault. It's used for wood working either with timber or for holding huge logs while the chainsaw does it's business. It's rusty and the top has been marked a few times but it was cheap then, is still cheap now and is not only the original but the best there is. It has been well used and I expect it will get swiped by my son at some point."
"I could have written my Review, "word for word," with HtheDIY man's review. At the risk of tempting 'Fate,' I can say that I've had no problems with my B&D Workmate over the 30+ years I have used it. Totally reliable. Built to last. No corrosion/rust etc. Nuff said."
"I have owned one of these for nearly 30 years. The plastic clips which hold the base legs out broke after 20 odd years and I had accidentally cut into the top a few times so I bought a "copy" new workbench which is rubbish. I considered buying a new one but then came the "light bulb moment" where I Googled spares. I was delighted to find that I could buy almost all parts for it. I replaced the clips for about £10 and it is almost as good as new. The cuts in the top I can live with. I thoroughly recommend these benches. I have a B&D mains drill that still works after 35 years. It is hard to buy stuff that is this good these days. They were designed to last."
"Should've got one years ago. Great for all small jobs and easy to carry outside for dusty jobs. The top is bamboo not fibre. I think bamboo is tougher. Foung the collapsing mechanism a little tricky to start with."
"This product was excellent price better than we could get anywhere else on the Isle of Man. It was delivered very fast and free because order was over £50 which flabergasted others that I told. The Work Bend is reliable and very strong and just like having another pair of hands. It has already paid for itself with the work that it has done."
"I bought this whilst on offer at £29, and was a brilliant buy. Have bought two cheap alternatives before, but wished I'd bought the 'real one' first time round. Perfect for everything, and also has two heights which is handy."
"I have a Workmate 536 which is about 15 years old. They just last and last. They are very robust and stable. As the feet sit wider than the bench, they are also good on rough or uneven ground. Mine now needs new jaws as they have suffered too much water damage and cutting. Everything still works fine, but the jaws doesn't hold small delicate timber very well now. A new bench from Screwfix costs the same as a set of replacement jaws, so I'll be getting another one. If you're looking for a sturdy bench that will take the abuse and last, then this is great for the money."
"I never saw the need for a portable bench until I lost the use of my workshop. But a vice of some kind is indispensable, and the Workmate now supplies it in a handy way for all but the heaviest work. The design is simple, allowing almost any shape to be gripped, including logs for sawing, and the whole bench can be locked down with a foot on the lower shelf. A good tool and excellent value for money"
"had my original workmate for more than 40 years and apart from losing the plastic feet it still functions well. I have let my son have that one as he has just moved into his new house. Treated myself to a new one now I am retired and tackling even more DIY jobs. I like the improved worktop but resisted paying for the extra features of more expensive models as these functions can be carried out using a few inexpensive clamps:-)"
"This is a great bench for the money but if you think this is good try a bosch workbench They are made of aluminium light as a feather and really strong.Best bit is they fold up flat with no bits sticking out so take up less room. Over all this bench is good value but quite heavy and cumbersome."
"More plastic parts than the Workmate I bought 20+ years ago but has proved surprisingly good so far. other than you can't use it as a make shift platform. Its compact dimensions however mean that it is more practical in confined spaces & the dual height is a bonus."
"I remember the 'original' workmate, and this isn't it - much lighter, smaller timber bench, plastic fittings - but hey, that's progress I'm told. It does what it says - it is a useful platform and the vice seems to work well. The plastic 'pegs' for the top - one snapped during assembly...probably a fault in manufacturing, haven't tried to replace yet. If you are looking for a bench and don't want horses, then this is a good bit of kit"
"I think it's totally pointless, people writing reviews with things like "I've had mine for 15 years" etc. The newer models are very different and much more flimsy than those previously made.
I own an "old" one and would recommend it, IF it was available. I went into a well-known DIY shed and spotted a new 536, which had a collapsed leg after someone had stood on the leg! Like I say, the original was a battleship, but this new version is very lightweight, so manage your expectations accordingly."
"Either Black and Deckers quality control is slipping or I paid full price for a refurb, paint work scratched and decals missing from the wood work. However I needed it and it'll do the job, it's not a display piece after all, not particularly impressed though."
"My previous workmate finally gave out after 30 years. My fault I'd allowed salt on it and it rusted to pieces. That was a wonderful piece of kit. Having to get a new one in a hurry I took advantage of the special offer. Big mistake. Clearly the bottom of the range workmate just isn't up to the quality of the more expensive options. The nylon runners that the front piece moves on are incredibly loose fitting in the frame and the two top boards close offset against each other by about 15mm. Had I not fiddled around putting it all together before discovering the shortcomings it would have been on its way back. No I wouldn't recommend it, unless you're prepared to accept you'll get what you pay for, a cheap facsimile of the real deal. On the other hand the set of Stanley screwdrivers I got from the clearance sale I would give five stars under every category, but then so has everyone else."