Parts for old Black & Decker Workmate.
We will soon have reproduced handles available! More information to come.
This post is dealing with the Zamac handles that were fitted on many types of early Workmates. These are the handles that have an axle shaft running through the handle knob which is fixed by a capped fixing washer. This type of handle is better than any of the later handles with the “snap in” plastic handle knob and no central axle shaft. The only problem is that the design could have been better – the critical area at the base of the axle shaft does not have enough metal so impact forces will break it.
Below are some pictures of my WM625-E03.
Because of the shape and material, a replacement handle is difficult to fit. There is not a lot of excess material to work with. Any additional material removed will weaken the handle.
A easy solutions would be to fit replacement handle + knob from later models. Probably the P/Ns 723541 (Handle) and 820728 (Knob) will fit without modification. Definitely a cheap fix which many people will find absolutely fine. But if you want to keep the original handles with the through axle shaft and (certain models) the B&D logos, another solution is needed.
The principle here is to keep the original handles and fit them with new axle shafts and knobs. The knob is an exact reproduction of the original. The axle shaft is made from a high grade steel. The only sacrifice made is to fit the knob with an ISO 7380 screw + washer – these look quite similar to the capped fixing washer but can be disassembled for maintenance/ replacement of the handle knob, if the need arises.
We have several solutions to getting your vintage Workmate back in shape and last for many years.
It’s no secret that the old Black & Decker Workmates that were manufactured in Ireland/ Canada in the eighties are far superior to anything that came afterwards. These are typically blue color. It really pays to look after your vintage Workmate, it will last a lifetime. Especially with our replacement parts and instructions.
More information to come!
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Vintage Zamac handles