How to Recognize It
The blue paint and 4-rib step with a center section of cross-ribbing identify a Type 5.
See the gallery of detail photos below. The Workmate 79-001 Type Study spreadsheet shows how all ten Types compare.
The Type 5 appears to have been sold for a very brief time and, as a result, is the rarest Type of the 79-001. Like the nearly identical Type 3, the Type 5 was manufactured in Ireland. As was the case for the Type 3, it appears highly likely that the Type 5 was imported to the U.S. to supplement the North American production of the Type 4, when the factory in Canada could not keep up with the demand for the Workmate during its fourth year of U.S. sales.
- Since the Type 5 came from the U.K. production, it's easiest to track the changes by comparing it to the Type 3 rather than the Type 4.
- The most visible difference between the Type 5 and the Type 3 is the step, which has a central section where the ribs run crossways.
- On the other hand, the most significant but not visible characteristic of the Type 5 is its light weight due to a thinner gauge of steel. It weighs only about 25 pounds, five or six pounds lighter than all other Types except the all-aluminum Type E.
- The Type 5 has the same extra holes as the Type 3 near the ends of each jaw to attach to the mounting blocks below, but they are only half the diameter, about 1/4".
- The eight metal bushings installed at the pivot points of the H-frames are a blue plastic rather than the metal ones used for the Type 3.
- The legs on the Type 3 and Type 5 are the same length, but those on the Type 5 are more upright. This makes the Type 5 about 3/4" taller overall.
- Black & Decker discontinued the Type 5 on April 10, 1978.
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