Rockwell is one of those companies that apparently loves to come up with new power tools and workshop accessories. Not all of their tools are winners, but we’ve been fairly impressed with the ones we’ve tested, especially the Jawhorse SheetMaster.
We’re suckers for vises and work-holding equipment, which probably explains why we’re so excited about the upcoming Rockwell BenchJaw, a new hands-free bench vise.
It now seems laughable, but we’ve been worried that Rockwell’s designers had ran out of steam. Their Jawhorse has been popular for years, and while the SheetMaster is a nice upgrade, there’s a lot of competition from Craftsman, Triton, and Ridgid, whose less expensive portable clamps offer similar functionality. So what did Rockwell do? They created a bench-mountable version of the Jawhorse. Brilliant.
The BenchJaw is designed to be a hands-free add-on for your workbench. This means that you can stabilize workpieces with both hands and adjust the clamp with your foot, similar to what you could do with a Jawhorse.
The BenchJaw, model RK9006, has a 16-inch clamping range and can apply up to 2200 pounds of clamping pressure. It can support up to 220-pounds of weight, and so your workbench had better be sturdy.
It looks like the BenchJaw can be separated from its workbench mounting for repositioning or storage. If so, maybe Rockwell will eventually sell the mounting brackets separately.
Several optional accessories will soon be available:
- RW9207, an extended jaw that creates a 24-inch clamping range
- RW9208 aligning jaw with clamping posts, a multi-purpose self-aligning clamp for holding tapered and round objects
The self-aligning jaws actually look pretty versatile and can probably be left on the vise all the time.
The BenchJaw will be priced at $130, and the two accessories $50 each. We don’t know when Rockwell will be releasing the new vise, but preorder options just popped up on Amazon with a 2-5 week ETA.