Rockwell BenchJaws lends an extra set of hands

Rockwell Tools has introduced BenchJaws, a compact version of the company’s JawHorse, a benchtop workstation.

Like JawHorse, space-saving BenchJaws delivers hands-free clamping right from the workbench. The jaws are foot-pedal activated, leaving the operator’s hands free to handle the workpiece. It mounts to a corner of a workbench through a steel, L-shaped plate. This two-position mount allows for 90° rotation, company officials said.

The vise has the same patented foot pedal design as the JawHorse. With each pedal stroke, the jaws close by 3/4 in. This pumping action compresses the jaws until the workpiece is secured. The jaws measure 6-7/8 in. x 1-7/8 in. and have a face plate constructed of non-marring polyurethane.

“Every workbench is better equipped with a vise,” said Jeanne White, Rockwell senior product manager. “BenchJaws is the perfect workbench solution and serves any number of clamping operations. Most utility vise jaws only open 10 inches, while BenchJaws extends up to 16 inches.”

According to company officials, BenchJaws is ideal for aircraft and automotive enthusiasts, as well as builders, remodelers, woodworkers, boaters, do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists by providing an extra set of hands to juggle projects and materials or holding odd-shaped objects.

BenchJaws is constructed of heavy gauge, powder-coated steel for strength and rigidity. The 22 pound workstation supports loads up to 220 pounds. The vise generates up to 2,200 pounds of clamping force. BenchJaw’s foot pedal has four adjustable height settings to accommodate the user’s height. The vise mounts to most workbenches that are at least 34 inches high.

The Rockwell BenchJaws features optional accessories, including the Extension Jaw Accessory, (RW9207, $39.99) and the Multipurpose Jaw Accessory, (RW9208, $39.99).

The Extension Jaw Accessory increases clamping capacity from 16 to 24 inches. Constructed of the same heavy duty steel as JawHorse, the Extension Jaw slides onto the main body in place of the standard jaw.

The Multipurpose Jaw is self-aligning to accommodate both tapered and round objects. It houses three stops (dogs) for additional clamping versatility. Used for sanding, gluing and painting operations, it’s constructed of steel, weighs 3 pounds and connects to the BenchJaws by removing the jaw pads and bolting onto the fixed and sliding jaws.

The Rockwell BenchJaws (RK9006, $99.99) and accessories; Extension Jaw, (RW9207, $39.99) and the Multipurpose Jaw, (RW9208, $39.99) are at Woodworkers Supply, Menards,, and other websites. It’s also available through regional hardware and home centers nationwide.

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