How to Recognize It
The four slip-on feet on the legs and the steel U-bracket jaw mounts identify a Type 8.
See the gallery of detail photos below. The Workmate 79-001 Type Study spreadsheet shows how all ten Types compare.
The changes from the Workmate 79-001 Type 7 to the Type 8 involved the jaws and the feet.
- The single remaining screw-in foot, located on the right rear leg on the Type 7, was replaced with a fourth slip-on rubber foot, eliminating any way to level the Workmate for either height setting.
- The rubber bumper feet on the upper part of the legs, used for the sawhorse height setting on the Type 6 and 7, were discontinued. The holes for the bumper feet are still there, but they are not threaded.
- The sawhorse height now uses what Black & Decker called a "corner foot". This is a fixed right-angle piece of black plastic mounted on each of the lower corners of the frame with a 5/16-18 screw.
- The jaws changed to what appears to be a cheaper but slightly thicker plywood, with fewer, thicker plies and an oak veneer.
- Black & Decker discontinued the Type 8 on October 1, 1981.
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