Construction workers rely on power tools to do their jobs every day. Working with power tools is also inherently dangerous, but compounding that risk with a manufacturers defect could be a recipe for disaster. Product recalls on tools, thankfully, don’t happen very often, but it’s extremely important to find out about them before you put yourself at risk for potential injury.
Hearing about product recalls can prove to be pretty difficult. I actually actively look for them to be able to share with our readers and I still miss them every once in a while. Last year, for example, I only caught one product recall, which was on the Craftsman brand 10-inch table saw model #137.415030, but it turns out that there were at least 4.
The folks at Tools Critic have compiled a complete list of all power tool recalls on their website, which you can find here. They have ordered them by the date of recall and also include:
- The cause of the recall
- How to tell if your tool is affected
- What to do if you own the recalled product, and
- Company contact information
The latest product to be recalled was the Metabo Rat Tail Angle Grinder models WEPBA 17-125 Quick RT DS, WEPBA 17-150 Quick RT DS, and WEPB 19-180 RT DS, with the serial numbers between 70300xxxxx to 70700xxxxx (pictured above). The on-off switch can lock in the “on” position, posing a laceration hazard to consumers, according to Tools Critic, and was recalled on 12/5/2017.
Other recent recalls include tools from Stihl, Black & Decker, and Makita. It’s a great resource for anyone concerned about recalls on power tools and is very easy to navigate through.
More info: Complete List of Recalled Power Tools | Tools Critic
For years, Milwaukee has made it very clear that they will continue to keep their M18 platform as their core system. Cordless tool users spend a ton of money into batteries these days, and the company’s goal is to not force them into investing into a new cordless system. That means that Milwaukee has to come up with innovative ways to provide the tools users want while being limited to 18 volts.
In 2015, Milwaukee announced the release of their digital tool tracking platform: ONE-KEY. The company has since released dozens of ONE-KEY enabled tools to manage them using Bluetooth, an inventory management system, and tool reporting functionality. Yesterday, the company announced several enhancements to the platforms inventory and reporting interfaces.
The team at Tool Box Buzz (TBB) is at it again with another super comprehensive tool comparison video and, this time, their focus is on 4-1/2” to 6” angle grinders.
Summer is officially upon us and beating the heat will keep you healthy and productive. There are many summer dangers on construction sites, but OSHA maintains that water, rest, and shade are the most important factors to avoiding heat illness. Here are a few products to help keep you and hydrated on your jobsites this summer.
Last week, Milwaukee Tool hosted dozens of construction media representatives at their headquarters for their yearly New Product Symposium (NPS). Over 100 new products were announced in the one day event and Construction Junkie was there to catch a glimpse of what is to come from the red brand over the next year.
Father’s Day 2019 is June 16, so you better get started on gift ideas if you want to impress dad this year. Whether your father is contractor, handyman, or DIYer, we’ve got a lot of great ideas for him this year.
One of the most highly used and versatile pieces of equipment on any construction site is a compact loader, also known as a skid steer, or by the name of one of its common manufacturers, “Bobcat.”
Late last year, CAT Phones released their first ever smartphone on a US carrier network, the S48c. The phone is currently available on both the Sprint and Verizon Networks and I was recently able to test out the phone to get some better insight into how it operates. Overall, it offers the toughness to hold up to a jobsite at a reasonable price, but continue reading to hear about all of the details.
It seems weird to be talking about new step ladder designs. Other than moving from wood to aluminum to fiberglass, the form and function of a stepladder hasn’t really ever changed. One of the biggest opportunities has always been the gap between how step ladders were designed to be used as opposed to how people actually use them. 3 major manufacturers now have a solution to at least some of those problems.
The World of Concrete is a massive industry event hosted annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For those who have never been, it’s an endless sea of exhibitor booths, training sessions, and even a bricklaying competition. Every Year, Concrete Construction Magazine organizes a Most Innovative Product competition for many of the new products that are highlighted at the show.