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NEWS | May 3, 2023

Tools: DeWALT Miter Saw Recall

BLUF: The rear guard on the DeWALT® miter saw can break during operations.

Dewalt compound miter saw
Photo by Seaman Apprentice Deanna Velasquez
DeWALT® miter saw, Model DWS780, is a component of the vertical skills engineer construction kits (VSECK) Type III carpenters tool kit. The saw’s plastic rear guard assembly can break or shatter when struck, exposing the saw blade, and causing a laceration hazard to the face and body from the exposed saw blade. That’s why there’s a recall.
Read TACOM Ground Safety Action Message (GSA) 23-003 HERE to determine if your saw is affected by the recall. If it is, stop using it immediately and contact DeWALT® to get a repair kit, FREE of charge. Don’t use affected saws until the recall actions are completed. All repairs are done at field level.  
To replace the saw’s plastic rear guard assembly, you’ll need detailed replacement guidance. Instructions are included with the new guard and they’re available on the DeWALT® website HERE.
TACOM GSA 23-003 says that units must report in the maintenance management information system (MMIS) within 180 days that they have inspected their saws and if recalled, have replaced the rear guard. The message was released in November 2022, so make sure your unit does this in time to meet the required suspense.
Also, commanders shall ensure that recalled miter saws have the rear guard and tag off all affected equipment until the recall is completed. Contact your local LAR if you need further assistance.
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