This folding workbench for small spaces is sold by several companies under different names, for example you can see it used on April Wilkerson’s Video (Minute 1:12) as the Triton Superjaws Workbench. Here in Germany it is sold by a company called Batavia as the CrocLock and I have seen a couple of different versions in other videos (The US seems to call it Rockwell JawHorse now).
From what I see there is no noticeable difference between the models and they all seem to have the same qualities and I can send ahead that I am perfectly happy with mine. It is a great workbench for anyone working in cramped spaces or outdoors, for example I use mine on my balcony and throw it in the back of my truck whenever I need something that can clamp down hard.
I think that is one of the major practical advantages, due to the lever you can clamp things in there so hard that they won’t move. I have seen people clamp a 2×4 in there and then stand on it without budging and others use it to hold logs while cutting them to length with a chainsaw. I used it to hold a bicycle that we were restoring after pulling it out of a river with magnets.
You can probably see how practical this is for round objects, you couldn’t quite clamp that into a regular vise without it constantly falling over due to the round shape.
The other nice part about this strength is that you can do everything one-handed (or one-footed) and usage is very convenient. You use your foot to close the jaws, or one quick flick of a switch to unlock again and that is really nice compared to your average vise, much quicker too.
I found it very enjoyable to use this thing, the jaws being so wide (you can flip them around for even wider grip) makes it very quick and easy to clamp pretty much anything down.
Build quality and weight
I find the build quality really impressive, both in terms of the materials used and the really good footing the workbench has (on somewhat even ground). It is quite heavy, more so than you would expect just looking at it but just light enough to carry around by hand.
That might seem like a downside for something so mobile, but I found it an advantage instead because that thing is not going anywhere when in use. That is a problem with most other folding workbenches I have considered over the years, they are often just these thin metal legs with light wood tops and while you can certainly work with those I find they are constantly sliding around unless mounted to something – which of course would kill the purpose.
The Croclock-Triton-Jawhorse on the other hand is quite solid in that regard, weight and the three, spread-out legs give it superb footing. Most workbenches have four legs and then they get all tipsy on your average uneven balcony or garage floor. Don’t get that with a three-legged design, you probably noticed that with grills, camping stools and such before.
All the parts are rock-solid and the few moving parts on the underside can handle any kind of dirt without problems. Basically everything under it are just three legs and the very sturdy foot mount, all parts that have little more than some locking bolts and swivel mounts you can either clean easily or even ignore and dirty up without harming them. I see a slight possibility for the slide mechanism to dirty up to the point where stuff happens, but that, too would be easy to clean up. It is a bit hard to say though for me as I am for once it is still really clean after months of owning it. I am not using it much under the usually dirty, grimy conditions I use most of my other tools in, for the most part it lives on my balcony where I use it for small work I can do there without needing my truck and heavy tools. I am very confident about it though, I like things that are simple with little that could break or stop working.
I feel this workbench design really shines for anything „improvised“, be it a small, cramped workspace in a garage that has to disappear to park the car or if you work outdoors. The latter case is especially useful, you can bring this thing out in your trunk, carry it easy enough (it’s no fun over long distances though) and it handles uneven ground really well.
In my experience it is a great luxury to have a secure mount when outside, half the work I’ve ever done cutting wood or doing outdoor work was spent finding a suitable workplace.
A good example is the little vise I have mounted on the back of my truck, that too is insanely useful but you can tell it suffers from being exposed to the elements and it’s not a good long-term solution.
That vise is great as long as I can use my truck to get somewhere, but that is a much more specialized (and expensive) thing anyway considering I have zero workspace at home in my third floor city apartment. Compare that to the Triton (I like that name best of the three by the way) and you can toss it into the back of any car together with some tools, ATVs or even motorcycles to get to some pretty remote spots and get some work done. At the same time the Superjaws also have a variety of usecases the average vise can not cover, most notably the ability to lock down some massive logs or workpieces. Most bench vises max out at something like 20 centimeters, but with these locking a meter long whatever into the claws is just as easy.
To a certain degree the Superjaws can also replace a workbench completely, depending on what you do you can clamp down a piece of board and use it as a table.
In summary I can highly recommend this workbench to pretty much anyone, especially if you find yourself limited by a lack of workshop or outdoors location.
It feels a tad bit expensive at first, if the Superjaws went more towards 100$ it would be even easier to recommend but I feel that I get my money’s worth out of it every month as it is. To me it is one of these tools that only begin to show their true value over time, much like I never quite understood just how versatile angle grinders are until I spent a couple months working with one. Now I can not imagine not having either of those at my disposal.
Maybe the best way to end this review is to say that if the Superjaws somehow broke on me today I would order the exact same model right away as soon as I got home.
I hope you found the post helpful, if you did let me recommend the video we made about restoring the bicycle with this exact workbench: