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WORKMATE FACELIFT

PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:02 am

I've had my Workmate from about 1974 Christmas present. So it's done very good service and deserves a good Facelift. It's the one with the Alloy frames.
Does anyone here know where i can get new wooden/tufnol Jaws/Clamps.
Also what Blue paint to use otherwise i'll get it painted in Lagoon Blue.
After all the same designer as the Elan.
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Just found out Type3 1975 made in Ireland about 2% of total production.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Apr 12, 2024 11:38 am

Rebuilt my first Twincam on a Workmate. Did not know who designed it back then :). That old Workmate dissapeared in house moves many years ago but recently found a new old one in my wifes fathers house in perfect condition in Germany... brought a smile to my face. :)

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Apr 12, 2024 12:00 pm

Rohan,
Can you take it back as hand luggage on your next visit to Germany lol.
Thanks Ron Hickman my start in D.I.Y RIP.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Fri Apr 12, 2024 12:26 pm

Everything - and more - that you ever wanted to know about the Workmate:

https://www.thewoodworkermag.com/early-origins-ubiquitous-black-decker-workmate
68 Elan S3 HSCC Roadsports spec
71 Elan Sprint (being restored)
32 Standard 12
Various modern stuff
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Apr 12, 2024 12:34 pm

alan.barker wrote:Rohan,
Can you take it back as hand luggage on your next visit to Germany lol.
Thanks Ron Hickman my start in D.I.Y RIP.
Alan

Heading to Germany for a while in 2 weeks time. Working on house rennovations there so it comes in handy. I have a huge basement workshop with plenty of room . Wish I had the same in Australia but getting a finished engine out would be a bit of a challenge :). Maybe I should build a few engines over there as the market for Twincams is pretty good in Europe :)

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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Apr 12, 2024 2:30 pm

I got one from my father inlaw when he downsized. Mostly used it for repairs on 5 speed gearboxes. This last time I made up a platform with hole for 5th gear detent nut and drain holes and lower section for clamping it into the workmate. Works well and you can just strap the box down to the work mate for undoing the shaft retaining nuts (~150lb/ft!).
'73 +2 130/5 RHD, now on the road and very slowly rolling though a "restoration"
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PostPost by: baileyman » Fri Apr 12, 2024 2:50 pm

There's a fellow in UK on ebay who makes fine replacement jaws.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Apr 12, 2024 4:18 pm

baileyman wrote:There's a fellow in UK on ebay who makes fine replacement jaws.

Thanks,
Just need to strip it down. Good sandblasting. Antirust and paint.
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PostPost by: GLB » Fri Apr 12, 2024 7:19 pm

I bought some parts for my Workmate from ereplacement parts.com here in the US. No interest but you might check them out. Gary
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PostPost by: phil1800 » Mon Apr 15, 2024 4:14 pm

https://shop.hans-sauer.de/de/ersatztei ... ?showMap=1
This is where I bought some small parts for mine in Germany.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Apr 15, 2024 4:24 pm

Thanks Philipe,
i'm in France so good info and no extra Tax or custom charge to pay
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PostPost by: phil1800 » Mon Apr 15, 2024 6:19 pm

You‘re welcome Alan. If there should be any issue with that vendor (I don’t think so) I can order what you need and ship it to you.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Apr 15, 2024 6:57 pm

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It's in a sorry state at the moment.
Strip down and sandblast. New Jaws as one was replace with a bit i wood i found years ago. The second is worse for wear.
Nex screw-in feet needed. Also special screw for jaw. But not too bad for it's age.
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PostPost by: baileyman » Tue Apr 16, 2024 12:50 pm

phil1800 wrote:https://shop.hans-sauer.de/de/ersatzteile/70142-stanley-black-decker/ger-wm825-xjtype3workmatewm825-xjwm825?showMap=1
This is where I bought some small parts for mine in Germany.

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That is a very beautiful Workmate. I have collected a number of the model 325's from UK ebay as they are much lighter than the more common ones. Ron added lots of lightness on that one! I have two very pretty model E's (for English), which were the same bench rebadged for sale in Canada and some northern states. The ugly ones work in the ship. The pretty ones go in the house with glass tops clamped in the jaws for holding a beer or two. John
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Apr 16, 2024 2:26 pm

Hi John ,
Could you confirm what model mine is please.
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