DeWalt Recalls Dangerous Saws

Watch your fingers, kids. DeWalt has recalled 97,000 framing saws and 37,000 circular saws because the lower blade guard can fail to close, leaving the blade exposed and presenting a laceration hazard to consumers.

DeWalt has received four reports of the lower guard failing to close, including three reports of lacerations. One consumer received lacerations to the hand and two others received lacerations to the leg, all required medical attention.”

The framing saw was sold at major home centers and hardware stores nationwide from January 2003 through August 2006 for about $170. The circular saw was sold from May 2006 through September 2006 for between $380 and $800, depending on the kit.

Please for the love of Christ, if you have one of these saws… don’t cut your fingers off. Call DeWalt for a free repair. — MEGHANN MARCO

Model Numbers and Other Complicated Info [CPSC.gov]
DeWalt (866) 854-5214 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday

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  1. AcidReign says:

    …..I’ve had a circular saw blade sunk into my arm. It wasn’t fun.

  2. CTSLICK says:

    Oddly enough, some of the framers I’ve met either disable or remove the blade guards because they tend to get in the way and slow things down

  3. i think the recall would have more of the intended urgency if you replaced “laceration” with the more accurate “bloody gaping wound”.

  4. thrillhouse says:

    Yes, “lacerations” is one of my favorite words for describing injuries. CTSLICK is right too. Its not uncommon for construction workers to bypass or disable safty features. Seen it many times.

  5. Ha ha. As if anyone still uses worm drive saws anymore. But seriously, this is a good thing. One of my MANY nightmares is getting a circular saw in the arm. Ouch.

  6. EBW says:

    Worm-drive saws are essential for long, smooth cuts on thick material. The expensive plies and veneers on cabinets really need a worm-drive if they’re being cut on site.

    I always took the safety guards off my circular saws, because they either break, sending bits of spring and metal into the spinning blade, or encourage people to put the saw down while the blade was still spinning. Floors don’t like that. You get around the safety bit by…you know…never EVER putting your fingers near the blade when it’s plugged in.