There is no question that the JawHorse has been a big success for Rockwell. We use ours in some fashion just about every day. It's been such a hit that earlier this year Ridgid even put a horse in the race with something called the SuperClamp. But if you've been paying close attention, you'd know that the original design came, not from Rockwell, but from an Australian company called Triton. Rockwell took a tool called the Triton SuperJaws, cleaned up the design and, with the release of a slew of innovative attachments (plywood jaws, log jaws, welding station, etc) transformed the clamping tool into a complete workstation system.
Well, if the concept worked for one tool, why not try it again? We just got word that Rockwell is going back to the Aussie well with the release of a new item called the
Triton Multistand JawStand. Again, Rockwell has polished up the original design and added a number of nice looking features.
The general functionality of the JawStand sits somewhere between that of an out-feed stand, a sawhorse, and Juan, your apprentice who is always late for work and stands there and holds things for you.
There's a jaw on it, but as you can see from the image, it's more about stabilizing a door than crushing a watermelon (one of our favorite JawHorse pastimes). The top of the clamping area has some kind of glide material on it which allows for easy action as a table saw/miter saw out-feed. The stand can be adjusted in height from 25" to 41" and the top can pivot. To track these two movements, the stem of the tool has height measurements on it and the head has a built in level vial. The whole things folds up for easy transport and storage.
Just from looking at the image and reading the press release, this looks like a good tool to have around, especially if you're someone who spends a lot of time working alone. The only curiosity to us is that the clamp area has a maximum width of 1-1/4" which seems strange. You'd think that it would be able to at least hold a 2x4(UPDATE: The jaw actually opens to 1-3/4" and not 1-1/4" as the press release states. This makes much more sense).
The JawStand will be retailing for about $60. It's currently available at Sears and it will likely show up at Amazon.com and Rockwell Tools Direct.
The press release with more detailed info is after the jump.
NEW ROCKWELL JAWSTAND
A SECOND SET OF HANDS AT YOUR SERVICE
Charlotte, N.C. -- So, how many times have you been in the middle of a project and wished you had another set of hands? The new Rockwell® JawStand™ provides just that and more. This compact easy-to-use work stand not only supports loads up to 220 lbs, but it can clamp work pieces up to 1-1/4 in. thick and raise them 41 in. off the ground. Another nice feature of this heavy-duty tripod based support is its ability to pivot 0 to 90°, and swivel 360°.
The JawStand works great as an extension table or outfeed support when cutting sheet goods. Or if you're using a miter saw to cut long pieces of molding for instance, it makes a perfect work support stand. It also holds doors during installation; raises bath or utility cabinets for mounting; clamps work pieces for sanding, painting, polishing, scraping or staining; and more. Not only is it handy on the jobsite, but It's ideal for do-it-yourselfers and crafts enthusiasts.
This workbench accessory comes fully assembled and sets up without tools in less than 20 seconds. Weighing only 13.2 lbs., the JawStand stores easily whether it's in a pickup truck bed making jobsite runs, trunk of a car or corner in the garage.
Constructed of hardened steel, the JawStand has a sturdy tripod base with non-marring and non-slip rubber feet. The tripod base provides excellent stability on level and uneven surfaces
The height of the support surface is adjustable from 25 in. to 41 in. Simply loosen the locking knob and move the column up and down. A distinct scale on the support column indicates the working height of the stand. Atop the stand are two low-friction slides. These slides allow material to pass over them freely, and unlike rollers, the slides keep the workpiece from drifting. The slides also feature a built in bubble level. Use it to make sure the support surface is perfectly level, even if the ground below is not.
A clamp is built into the support table which has a coated rubber surface on the face. Its jaws have a maximum clamping range of 0 to 1-1/4 in. The clamping head swivels 360° and tilts 90° to handle a variety of work applications.
The Rockwell® JawStand (#RK9033, $69.99) is available at rockwelltoolsdirect.com and other online Websites, including sears.com. It also is expected to be available through various local retailers such as Woodcraft Supply and independent hardware stores, home centers and lumber yards.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 12, 2010 5:00 AM