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Festool Recalls Plunge Cut Circular Saw Due to Laceration Hazard

  • Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw, side view
  • Festool TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw, front view
Name of Product:
TS 55 REQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw
Hazard:
The plunge lock can engage when not intended, causing the saw blade to remain exposed from the housing following completion of the plunge cut and posing a laceration hazard.
Remedy:
Repair
Refund
Replace
Recall Date:
September 30, 2013
Units:
About 5,200 in the U.S. and 500 in Canada
Consumer Contact

Festool USA toll-free at (855) 784-9727 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.festoolusa.com and click on the "TS 55 REQ Recall" link for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

The TS 55 REQ is a small, portable, circular saw for woodcutting with a 160 mm saw blade, aluminum guide rails and a plunge cut feature.  It is 12 inches long and has a gray blade housing and a midnight blue motor housing with a soft hand grip and green accents. The date code and serial number are found on a rating plate on the saw's motor housing under the main handle.  Recalled saws include date codes ranging from 02/13 to 05/13 and serial numbers 40033594 through 40074108.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled saws and contact Festool USA for details on how to get a free repair or replacement product, or how to receive a refund.

Incidents/Injuries:

The firm has received no reports of injuries and one report of property damage.

Sold At:
Hardware stores, woodworking stores and other independent retailers, as well as online retailers such as www.amazon.com from May 2013 to July 2013 for approximately $585.
Importer:

Festool USA, of Lebanon, Ind.

Importer

Festool USA, of Lebanon, Ind.

Manufactured In:
Germany
Recall number:
13-293
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