How to Recognize It
The four slip-on feet on the legs and the rectangular aluminum-block jaw mounts identify a Type 9.
See the gallery of detail photos below. The Workmate 79-001 Type Study spreadsheet shows how all ten Types compare.
The Type 9 continued the pattern of reducing the number of parts in the Workmate, with a few final changes to the 79-001 that would continue on in later models.
- A twist-to-lock lever was added to the top of the side struts. This is used to lock the Workmate in the upright position, eliminating the latch lever and spring that had been used for that purpose.
- The two latches that hold the Workmate in the folded position were changed for the second time. The new latch releases by just lifting upward on the top, without the need for finger pressure on the latch.
- The steel U-brackets used to attach the jaws were replaced with solid blocks similar to those on the Type 1, 3, and 5. Of course, this also meant the return of the extra mounting holes near the outer ends of the top surface of the jaws.
- The step has a rectangular hole in each of its front corners.
- Black & Decker discontinued the Type 9 on July 19, 1982.
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