I just have the two Workmates and don't just use them constantly but I do grab one several times a year for support. I have taken one along for years when doing a remodel on a rental house (happens waaay more often than I like
). A Workmate just seems very natural at that job. We only have one rental house left (thankfully) and don't expect to sell it since it is part of a 17 acre mini-farm over in the next county. That property belonged to my great grand parents in the late 1800's and some of it by my grandparents in the early 1900's. It was out of the family for about 50 years then was acquired with three separate buys over a decade or two. The whole little community is rampant with my family history including a cemetery full of family.
I've just let that house sit empty for over a year now but I now need to put it on the plus side of the ledger...
I don't just "have to" but I can find someplace to spend the money.
I'm feeling much better now so I need to get at it while I still can. I also have to do some very serious roof reconstruction on a 43' x 30' concrete block shop/garage building beside the house. Sometimes renters are not very good at telling you when things are failing...
I would about kill to have that old block building (former auto repair center and Sinclair station) here at the house.
43' across the front with an overhead door at the right front and a herd of big windows all around for light.
I could just "spiff up" the house a bit and rent it but I want to do it over a little better this time and make some improvements to improve its rental value.
I will definitely take a Workmate to that job and a Shopsmith as well. I have some handy smaller table-saws on roller bases and I could take one of those over there but given the range of work required I want a Shopsmith. I might pick up a second compound miter saw to keep there too.
As I plan the work I keep thinking that I maybe want to buy a Rockwell Jaw-horse to use there too. Does anybody here use one of those? Do you find it useful? One just looks like a natural for such work.
I plan to just "set up shop" there for the summer... I won't just dedicate my whole summer to the job but will work there in spurts all summer as I feel like it. I may get it done by late summer or maybe not finish until 2018. I have a lot going on this year but I refuse to let the load force the schedule. I fully intend to enjoy my summer including part of the time I spend at that wooded river property.
I have been dragging my feet waiting for a little warmer weather (I have plenty else to do anyway).
Sitting here thinking about it... One of the things I need to replace there is the AC and I should probably do that fairly soon to get that empty house dampness out. I have a couple of extra window units and I might stick the larger one in the shop building there. It might speed me up a little.
OK, so I ramble a lot in my old age...