How to Recognize It
The steel H-frames, single-layer jaws, and plastic top-latch levers identify a Type 6.
See the gallery of detail photos below. The Workmate 79-001 Type Study spreadsheet shows how all ten Types compare.
The Type 6 marked the end of what might be called the "classic" configurations of the 79-001, with the iconic aluminum H-frame gone for good.
- The Type 6 has a strong resemblance to the Type 4, but many of the components have been simplified.
- The double-layer jaws were replaced by a single-layer. The earlier Irish-made Type 3 and Type 5 have single-layer jaws, but the Type 6 was the first Canadian-made Type with this feature.
- The ability to level the Workmate continued to decline, now with the elimination of the screw-in feet for the lower height setting. These were replaced with small non-adjustable rubber-bumper feet that mount with screws into threaded holes near the tops of the legs. When the legs are folded under, the Workmate rests on these bumper feet. These were used only on the Type 6 and Type 7.
- With no screw-in feet on the bottom of the frame, the clearance holes near the upper ends of the legs are no longer necessary. Instead, that's now where the bumper feet are mounted.
- However, for some unknown reason, the legs now have a large hole at the bottom end, near the foot. This mysterious feature stayed with the Workmate 79-001 through the Type 9.
- Some Type 6's have the friction hinge for the folding legs, which became a standard feature with the Type 7.
- The two top-latch levers are plastic, a feature unique to the Type 6.
- The two catches that hold the Workmate in the folded position were changed from a complex two-piece design to a single flat piece of metal with a few bends in it. This design lasted through the Type 8.
- The eight bushings installed at the pivot points of the H-frames were changed from white plastic to black.
- The Type 6 was the last 79-001 to have its Type number stamped in ink on the lower surface of the jaws. It was the first one not to have its model number 79-001 on a label on the top of the jaws.
- Black & Decker discontinued the Type 6 on June 12, 1979.
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