Anybody Familiar with the Skil "X-Bench"?

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Forum topic by jasoncarpentry posted 04-07-2011 04:06 PM 3037 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2011 04:06 PM

For years, I used a Black & Decker “Work Mate,” and was very happy with its features. Because it was one of the most-used accessories in my shop, it’s just plain worn out now. I’d like to get another like it, but the nice people at Lowe’s tell me that it’s been replaced by the Skil “X-Bench” (two models, $39 and $68). A Google search also turned up another item by “Performance” (not familiar w/ the brand).

I climbed up on a display shelf at Lowe’s and tried to use both of their X-Bench models, but the vise mechanism is hard to figure out. Does anybody have an X-Bench or a similar item? What’s your advice?


-- Jim in Tennessee

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 04:24 PM

IF the wood top of the Work Mate,is messed up you may be able to get replacement from Black & Decker
They did not stop making the Work Mate,. You can still buy Work Mate

Black & Decker WM225 Workmate 225 450 Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench
Price: $79.35 & eligible for free shipping

workmate 225 project center Our Price: $55.99

Black & Decker® Workmate® Single Handed Flip Up (Wm225)Price: $69.99

Black & Decker WM125 Workmate 125 350-Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench
Price: $45.99
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Black and Decker Workmate Parts

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 04:40 PM

i use to have the long Skil x-bench that you could slide the tables apart so you could cut sheet goods down without cutting into the table. It folded up nicely but was really heavy. I had no need for it any longer so I sold it. It was a solid table.

-- Ted

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