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December 18, 2017

Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse Review

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Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse
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The Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse is an amazing combination of a vise (jaws) and a sawhorse – hence the name. Rockwell describe it as the ultimate job site workshop, but what it is in reality is like having a second pair of hands.

It’s impossible to list all of the things that you can use the Jawhorse for – it can replace your workbenches, sawhorses, clamps and bench vises, and allows you to do jobs single-handedly that you used to need two people to do. Its usefulness and versatility is only limited by your own creativity and you can pretty much make it into whatever you want it to be.

It has a foot pedal that lets you apply up to 2,200 pounds (one metric ton) of pressure, and because the jaws are foot pedal operated, your hands are left free to hold the material, essentially acting as a third hand. The jaws can be opened up to 37-inches wide, which is large enough to hold a standard 36-inch door.

The Jawhorse has a three-legged design, which we think is a good idea for a tool that is going to be bought a lot by contractors who will take it on-site, where it can be difficult to find level ground. This gives it an advantage over other portable workbenches like the Black & Decker Workmate.

Take it from someone who put the thing to use right out of the box. It’s a great tool that you will find plenty of use for. Take five minutes to read the instructions, unfold the legs and get to work!

Versatile
One of the hallmarks of a great tool is versatlity – the more versatile the tool, the more times you use it until you get to the point where you don’t know how you managed without it. The Fein MultiMaster is a good example ans we think that the Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse is another. It’s particularly useful for people who work alone a lot of the time, as it really is like having a second set of hands (and a pretty strong set too!).

Hands Free
The hands-free foot pedal is a great feature as it means you’ve got both hands to hold the material while you apply the clamp. This really is a huge benefit in use compared to something like the B&D Workmate where you have two clamping handles.

One Ton Clamping Force
That’s a lot of pressure to have available and means that once the workpiece is clamped it stays clamped, which is important if you’re doing something like ripping a sheet of plywood with a circular saw. The foot pedal also means that it’s easy to apply the pressure, and if anything you need to make sure that you don’t apply too much pressure. A moderate amount of pressing on the foot pedal is enough to hold the workpiece easily and securely in any position, and yet make the jaws easy to release when you’re finished.

It also has patented rubber pads which mean that you don’t damage the workpiece.

Portable, Easy to Setup and Use
The Jawhorse folds down to 29x14x13 inches which is pretty compact making it easy to store and transport. When unfolded, it has an integrated roller that makes it easy to move around the workshop or the jobsite. There’s nothing to assemble, you just unfold the legs and you’re all set up.Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse

Using the Jawhorse couln’t be easier – to lock the workpiece into place, you pump the pedal until the workpiece is clamped and then move the locking switch to the locked position. To release the item, you move the switch to the unlocked position and press the pedal, which releases the pressure, but still holds the workpiece in place, which is a really useful feature and means it doen’t fall on the floor.

Large Clamping Capabilities
The RK9000 Jawhorse has got a 37-inch clamping capacity as standard, which means that you can clamp a standard 36-inch door. There’s also an optional extra long jaw for holding a 4×8 sheet of plywood which is a useful option for contractors. You can also clamp irregularly shaped items with ease.

Solidly Built
The Jawhorse has a solid all-steel construction and weighs 43lbs which makes it able to withstand the heavy-duty work of a job site.

Three-Legged Design
There’s a bit of controversy over this – some people think it would be more stable with 4 legs but we think that the benefits of the 3 legs on uneven ground more than make up for this. It depends on where you’re going to use it – if you’re going to keep it in the workshop then you might prefer 4 legs, but then that probably misses half the point of the jawhorse in the first place.

How much should you expect to pay?

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What are other people saying?
The Jawhorse has received a huge number of rave reviews – it’s the incredible versatility that everyone loves:

  • “Don’t Leave Shop Without It”
  • “The single-most handy tool in the shop”
  • “Outstanding piece of equipment !!!!!!!!!!!!!”
  • “Just buy it”
  • “This is the greatest tool ever , 2nd only to the wheel”

Any complaints?
Some people have criticized the fact that there are a few plastic parts, like the locking switch, which are constructed of heavy-duty plastic but we have not found this to be a problem in use.
Using the Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse

What kind of warranty is there?
The Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse comes with a one-year warranty.

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