According to WVLT-TV out of Knoxville, TN, DeWalt is recalling 44,000 model DC305 36V Reciprocating Saws (pictured above) “which they believe can short circuit, posing a fire hazard.” From WVLT-TV’s coverage:
“DeWalt has received four reports of short circuits in the switch of these saws. One of these incidents was a report of a fire resulting in extensive damage, though the cause of this fire has not been confirmed. Another fire reportedgle resulted in minor damage, and two other incidents resulted in melting damage to the units. No injuries were reported.”
If you’ve got a DC305 with a date code between 200601-49 and 200640-49, you should stop using the saw immediately and contact DeWalt at (866) 751-9562 (between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday) for a free repair.
This recall came right on the heels of a similar recall for model DW660 cut out saws a few days ago.
DeWalt Reciprocating Saw Recall [WVLT-TV]