LEBANON, IN - Festool has recalled its 5,700 model TS 55 REQ plunge cut Tracksaws made between February and May 2013, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission and its Canadian counterpart. About 5,200 saws were sold in the U.S. for an average $585; another 500 in Canada.
"The plunge lock can engage when not intended," says the recall notice, "causing the saw blade to remain exposed from the housing following completion of the plunge cut and posing a laceration hazard."
Manufactured in Germany, the portable TS 55 REQ is a small 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.
Festool reports no injuries and has fielded only one report of property damage fro the Tracksaw, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission website. The original recall notice was issued in September 2013.
As is customary in such recalls, CPSC says, "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." Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
Festool's TS 55 REQ Tracksaw exchange or replacement form is at the link. Festool USA, based in Lebanon, IN, notes that not all its Tracksaws are being recalled, just this very specific TS 55 REQ model.
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