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Old 05-18-2005, 08:50 PM   #1
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Tool Recalls

Hi all,
This story ran in todays local paper. I don't own one of these but I figure some of you folks might. I also thought it might be useful for people to post tool recalls here to help "get the word out". Maybe John and the folks might prefer that we save the bandwidth for something else but I'll give it a test run and let them decide.
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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...a083856D46.DTL

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Old 05-18-2005, 09:23 PM   #2
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Might be too late for Opie, but why not.
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Old 05-19-2005, 07:01 AM   #3
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They sold those saws for over a year and got three reports of malfunctioning. I'll bet at least two of the three were guys wedging the blade guard open. Bosch is usually a professional grade tool. How many framers have you seen with the blade guard shimmed open?

I was in the framing business years ago, and it was a constant problem. I also had an ace framer who drank two beers for lunch every day. Met him a couple years after I got out of the business, and he was minus three fingers. Got in a hurry one day, and that was it.

I'm sure glad we have the gummint around to protect us from imperfect products.
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:49 AM   #4
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A framer buddy of mine likes to remove the blade guard. He says "It offers a false sense of security. If it hangs up and your not paying attention, it will run over your foot when you put it down." He also stops the blade by pressing his finger against the side of it after each cut.

Me, I like saws with an electric brake. I keep the guard on, but watch it drop before putting the saw down. The brake usually stops it before it gets to the floor. I also think the blade guard is just what it says, it guards the blade from getting damaged. A good carbide blade isn't cheap, and putting it down on concrete would do a number on it.

I'm just wondering how a guy can loose 3 fingers because of a sticky guard. He must have put the saw down on top of his hand before the blade stopped.

I saw a guy put a 7 inch long cut in his thigh, right to the bone. He was cutting up old pallets by holding the wood over his leg. I guess he had the blade depth set too deep for the wood he was cutting.
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Old 05-19-2005, 10:21 AM   #5
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I'm prone to taking the blade guard off as soon as the saw comes out of the box. Of course, I only use masonry blades so not much chance of loosing the occassional digit. One advantage in my work is that with the blade guard off, I can put an 8 inch blade on the 7-1/4 saw (i prefer makita's without the brake). That gives me nearly a 3 inch depth of cut. Oh, I have learned to set the saw down on its handle side so that it doesn't walk all over the place.
But I am glad that the government is so intent on watching out for us. Don't know how we survived as a species for so long without them.
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Old 05-19-2005, 11:45 PM   #6
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Don't remember which carpenter taught me to never trust that the guard would retract into its resting position when done with a cut. And because almost everybody likes to put the saw down before the blade comes to a stop, he taught me to lay the saw on it's side to completely avoid dropping a spinning exposed blade on the floor when putting it down. Although, some saws can't be put down like this safely.
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