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Kenmore electric ranges recalled over shock hazard

BY HBSDealer Staff

Electrolux is recalling about 3,000 of its Sears Kenmore 24" electric ranges over an electrical shock hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the ranges run a risk of shocking consumers due to the possibility of the heating element to properly adhere to the cooktop.

The ranges in question have the model number 790.90152 with serial numbers ranging from NF408 through NF424, as well as model number 790.90153 with serial numbers from NF408 through NF427.

They are white or black with stainless steel accents, and they were sold at Sears and Kmart stores nationwide from April through October 2014.

At the moment, there have been no incidents or injuries reported.

The CPSC is urging consumers to discontinue use and unplug the ranges. They may then contact Sears to schedule a free inspection and repair.

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Fanimation recalls Brewmaster Ceiling Fans

BY HBSDealer Staff

Zionsville, Indiana-based Fanimation Inc. is recalling its Brewmaster Ceiling Fans over an impact hazard.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the component that holds the blades has demonstrated a tendency to separate from the shaft when spinning in reverse. This can cause it to fall and injure those nearby.

So far, there have been two reports of the ceiling fan hub falling, though no injuries have been reported.

The recall affects approximately 9,300 units of Brewmaster belt-driven fans, which feature two blades in either a short neck assembly (15" from the ceiling) or a long assembly (26" from the ceiling). They come in either antique brass, pewter or black hardware and fall under the following model numbers: FP10AB, FP10AC, FP10BL, FP10PW, FP20AB, FP20AC, FP20BL and FP20PW.

They were sold at electrical distributors, fan specialty stores and lighting showrooms between June 2002 and December 2014.

Affected consumers should discontinue use and contact Fanimation for a retention collar.

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Ridgid introduces a new pipe beveller

BY HBSDealer Staff

New from Ridgid is the B-500 Transportable Pipe Beveller, which promises speedy effectiveness in the form of a non-traditional beveling method.

The B-500 does its job in less than two minutes, and it does so without flames or sparks.

“The B-500 has distinct advantages over other beveling methods,” said Larry Feskanich, global marketing manager at Ridgid.  “Speed and accuracy are really what sets it apart. Customers are impressed with the quality it produces in just one quick pass.”

The compact unit mounts to pipes as small as 4" in diameter with a maximum 1/2" wall thickness, as well as on flat plates up to 1/2" thick.

The beveller cuts at 30 degrees, 37.5 degrees or 45 degrees using interchangeable heads.

It also has a speed monitoring feature that helps ensure a consistent finish.

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