July 11, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Robert Bosch Tool Corp., is recalling select models of the SKIL miter SkilSaw, a 10-in. compound miter saw. The lower guard on the tool can break and contact the blade during use, posing a laceration hazard to users. The firm has received no reports of incidents or injuries, however.

Approximately 22,149 units of the product, which was manufactured in China, were sold at Lowe's nationwide and OC Tanner from January 2012 to April 2012.

April 24, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Irwin Industrial Tool Co., has issued a voluntary recall of a promotional 10-inch circular saw blade 3-pack due to laceration hazard posed by defection packaging. 

Irwin has received three reports of the saw blades falling out of the bottom of the packaging. No injuries were reported.

The products, manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide from approximately October 2011 through November 2011 for $40. Approximately 55,260 were purchased. 

September 12, 2011

Towson, Md.-based Porter-Cable announced its sponsorship of the Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 University of Maryland team.

Porter-Cable donated a variety of tools, including cordless and corded drills, circular saws, batteries, chargers, compressors, routers, pneumatic nailers and much more to aid in the construction of the team’s solar-powered house, which the University of Maryland team will assemble and operate during the competition.

April 28, 2011

MasterForce, the private-label line of power tools made for Menards, has announced a new offering in the circular saw category: a 6-1/2-in. model powered by either an 18-volt lithium ion or NiCad battery. The cordless saw delivers 4,500 rpms, according to its manufacturer, and contains a bevel adjustment that tilts the blade from 0 to 45 degrees.

Most saws are equipped with a general purpose 18-to-24-tooth, carbide-tipped blade, and incorporate an LED work light to help illuminate the work surface.