How to Recognize It
The blue paint and 4-rib step without cross-ribbing identify a Type 3.
See the gallery of detail photos below. The Workmate 79-001 Type Study spreadsheet shows how all ten Types compare.
The Type 3 is a special case, because it was manufactured in Ireland while the Types 1 and 2 before it and the Type 4 after it were manufactured in Canada. Why would this be? Well, the 79-001 Type 2 appears to have sold in enormous numbers. My theory is that Black & Decker couldn't keep up with demand, so to supplement the Canadian production they decided to import some Workmates from the U.K. Thus, the model that was sold in the U.K. as the WM625 Type E02 became the 79-001 Type 3 for the U.S. The Type 3 is relatively rare today, so they probably did not import very many.
- The U.K. model number is stamped into the steel along the rear edge of the step, the only 79-001 with any U.K. model marking. It appears that they imported Workmates directly from the Irish factory, and then labeled them as 79-001's when they reached the U.S.
- The Type 3 has the same style of jaw label as the Type 2, and the model and type number are stamped on the lower surface of the jaw.
- The standout feature of the Type 3 is the blue paint on all of the steel frame pieces.
- The Type 3 has the first single-layer jaws. They are a slightly thicker plywood than the earlier ones, but don't have the double layer at the edge where the jaws meet.
- The cast H-frames are reversed from their orientation on most other Workmates. The "Workmate" sides face outward, while the "Black & Decker" sides face inward. Only the Type 5 shares this feature.
- It has the 10-hole jaw attached with solid aluminum blocks and extra 1/2" mounting holes of the Type 1, but with the 20mm peg holes of the Type 2.
- The vise-handle arms have the cast-in "B&D" logo from the Type 1.
- All eight feet are adjustable, with the third different style of cone-shaped pads. The threads are metric, like the Type E.
- Black & Decker discontinued the Type 3 on May 1, 1977.
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