I still have the original Work Mate that my family bought me when they first were becoming popular. It's frame and legs are cast aluminum. Shortly after they became stamped steel, and are actually lighter than my 1st one. Over the years I have acquired 7 more from yard sales, flea markets, friends, etc. and I have given some away to other friends who are woodworkers and to two of my sons. I think I'm down to three now. The original and two model 400. It's handy to have more than one when doing remodeling projects, and especially when working on long items. When I first moved here, and most of my tools were still in storage or boxes that I couldn't find, my original Work Mate became my temporary workshop, and some of my early "moving in" projects were built using it. They are definitely one of the more handy tools to have in the arsenal.
Alexis, it's great that you were able to save that Work Mate. They are a great tool to have around. If you were closer, I would give you one of mine, as I surely don't need three of them.
Central North Carolina