A typical sawhorse is used for tasks such as painting or cutting. It usually comes in two pieces, is made of wood or plastic, and is used for support. Rockwell Tools looked at the sawhorse's A-frame construction and decided to improve its basic design and make it more useful and versatile. The result is the 3-legged steel JawHorse clamp.
The interns unpacked the Rockwell JawHorse yesterday, but were temporarily stymied as to how to unfold and set up the tool. Yes, they could have read the directions, but what fun would that have been? We did look over the directions just to make sure they would not accidentally do something "bad" or hurt themselves. In any case, the process they went through to understand how to unfold the legs gave them a greater appreciation of the clever interlocking design of the JawHorse.
The side legs of the JawHorse are held in place by the single end leg. This end leg is locked down by slot and a friction knob. To set up the unit, first loosen the large yellow friction knob and slide the leg up and out of the retaining slot.
Next, move the large black lever slightly forward so the side legs can be set into the retaining tabs on the black lever. The side legs must be moved until they click-lock into place. If you can see the spring-loaded tab, then it is locked open. When all three legs are locked in to position, the JawHorse will stand upright in a very stable fashion.
When we bring a new tool into our shop, we like to fully understand its features and limitations before we use it on a job site. We will have a more detailed look at the overall construction of the JawHorse and review some of the features of the unit in our next installment of this FirstLook series. In August, we have quite a few RainyDayRenovation projects and we'll be able to give this JawHorse a thorough workout. [Permalink] - Rockwell JawHorse Setup