How to Recognize It
The steel H-frames, single-layer jaws, steel top-latch levers, and one screw-in leveler foot plus three slip-on rubber feet on the legs identify a Type 7.
See the gallery of detail photos below. The Workmate 79-001 Type Study spreadsheet shows how all ten Types compare.
Unlike earlier changes involving the frame, jaws, feet, and legs, the incremental changes in the Workmate from the Type 6 through to the Type 9 were not as readily visible.
- The top-latch lever was changed from plastic on the Type 6 back to the earlier steel lever.
- The mechanism for latching the folding legs was simplified on the Type 7. Instead of two steel spring clips that were used starting with the Type 1, the Type 7 has a friction hinge that can keep the leg in either the folded or open position without the need for any external catches or clips.
- The markings changed, most visibly with a slightly different label on the crossbar of the H-frame. Also, the Type number is not stamped in ink on the lower surface of the jaw. Instead, there is a small rectangular white-on-black sticker with the model and Type number applied to the inner face of one of the upper frame pieces that support the jaws.
- The plastic vise handles and arms changed from a smooth finish to a pebbled finish.
- Black & Decker discontinued the Type 7 on October 19, 1979.
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