Rockwell SheetMaster Review
Rockwell SheetMaster – The JawHorse’s Big Brother
A couple of years ago I was so impressed with the release of Rockwell’s JawHorse that I named it one of my top tool picks for that year. Earlier this year Rockwell announced plans for the updated tool called the Rockwell SheetMaster Model RK9002.
The all new model was redesigned so that it can accommodate full size sheet goods (4′ wide) right out of the box. The previous version needed an accessory (plywood clamp) in order to clamp materials that wide. This new version also includes a redesigned wheel system, beefed up legs and larger feet.
How The SheetMaster Stacks Up
Sometimes when a great product is redesigned it loses some of it’s original luster and functionality. The SheetMaster bucks that trend and offers a refined design that makes it a must have tool for almost any workshop or garage.
This new version weighs about 10lbs more than it’s predecessor which is one of the very few complaints that I have. While it is rather heavy the weight certainly pays off when it comes to it’s rugged performance. The weight also helps keep the SheetMaster stable when it’s loaded up with a full sheet of plywood like I’ve done in the photo above.
Being able to clamp a full sheet of plywood into the SheetMaster is certainly it’s best feature. In my garage I keep a 4’x4′ (1/2 sheet) piece of 3/4″ plywood leaning up against the wall and the SheetMaster down there as well. I can quickly create a temporary workbench that gives me a great work surface.
The only issue I have with the SheetMaster (and this is a very small detail) are the folding legs and the locking mechanism. On a few occasions the leg didn’t fully lock into position (now that I pay attention to that I make sure it’s locked). This resulted in me tipping it over twice which wasn’t fun! Again this is probably as much user error as it is the locking device.
Overall the SheetMaster works just like my old JawHorse. If you don’t own one of these I HIGHLY recommend you do. Priced around $200 this is a tool that will get lots of use in your shop, garage or even jobsite.
If you’d like to buy the SheetMaster you can by following this link: Rockwell RK9002 JawHorse Sheetmaster
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