The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Festool has announced the recall of TS 55 REQ saws because under certain circumstances the Fast-Fix plunge lock may accidentally engage. When this happens the blade remains exposed instead of retracting into the housing as it's designed to do. There have been no reports of injuries and one report of property damage.
Tools of the Trade was testing a TS 55 REQ when the recall papers were filed and reported on this problem in July. At that time it wasn't known how many saws were affected. We now know that the recall applies to 5,200 units sold in the U.S. and 500 sold in Canada. Recalled saws include date codes ranging from 02/13 to 05/13 and serial numbers 40033594 through 40074108. If you have one of these saws please discontinue use immediately and complete the online form to submit your recall claim and select your preferred remedy: repair, exchange or refund. If you have any questions regarding your TS 55 REQ or the recall process, please call Festool toll free at 1-855-784-9727.