The right tool for the job, a mantra that I live by can make life so much easier. Understanding the logistics of the workplace and integrating the right people,tools and procedures is an instrumental element of working efficiently. Often these processes are instinctive but more so they are the product of years observation and processing. I have taken from both schools of thought and enjoy watching how others work and how they approach their projects. This exercise takes place everyday with my people.
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My neighbor prides himself on being a bit of a tool aficionado often buying the latest and greatest only to have it lay around hungry for an opportunity to see some action. He called me over to "visit" with him as he rehabbed his garage; a 50's era building that required a new roof and some light carpentry repairs. As I walked up to his latest project I noticed he had been to Lowes and had purchased a Rockwell RK9000 Jawhorse and I couldn't help but laugh a little. He played coy and I avoided the subject until I saw him burst and directed me to his latest find; he's so easy.
The Positec/Rockwell RK 9000 is a serious looking tool that can be described as a tripod sawhorse on steroids. Looking at this unit, I couldn't help but be impressed by the build of this thing. Standing just under 34¾" the steel construction of the Jawhorse is nothing short of bomb proof. The top rail consists of square steel bars measuring over 4 inches in total providing a solid base for resting lumber or anything else on. While weighting 43 lbs., the Jawhorse is particularly stable with the spread of the massive legs measuring 39". A 3"x 8" clamping jaw with vice, runs atop the rail has the capability to extend to 37". The clamping vice has rubber face on either side so that in either configuration your grip on your materials is certain. A lower foothold serves as a tensioner to tighten the twin clamps on your materials. This is accomplished by simply moving a large school bus yellow sliding switch to the lock position and applying pressure on the foothold. Clamping pressure is touted at one ton of clamping force. You literally can hold a door either flat or on its side in the clamp with assurance it won't tip, provided you have observed the simple laws of physics.
As I "visited" with my neighbor, I built a storage loft in his garage with the help of the Jawhorse. I had it hold the 4" x4" posts as I tied the cross members from above, which is did admirably clamping from the side of the top rail. I was able to cut 6"x6" lumber easily by clamping his chop saw which was on a plywood base he constructed. I have to say I was impressed at the versatility the Jawhorse exhibited.
Another great thing about the Jawhorse is just how easily it folds and stows away. The legs fold back into the unit easily reducing the overall length to 28 inches, making it easy to store in a closet, job box trunk or truck.
The right tool for the job, I can only say maybe. Tall users may have a problem with the Jawhorse. While there are accessories available, are you going to lug all these around on a job and take the time to set up for each task; would that be the most efficient use of your time? Chances are this unit could be used more efficiently on select commercial projects where it serves one function repeatedly. In the consumer arena, I would think it could be an invaluable tool, especially given most projects around the house are done alone. All things considered, the Positec/Rockwell Jawhorse can be a great tool to have in your arsenal, provided you really use it.
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