May 10, 2001Two Power Tool Manufacturers
Recall Electric Drills
MI (SafetyAlerts) - Milwaukee
Electric Tool Corp., of Brookfield, Wis., and DEWALT Industrial Tool Co., of Baltimore,
Md., are recalling about 58,000 electric drills. The switches on these power tools, which
were manufactured by Eaton Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio, can stick. The drills can continue
to operate after the trigger is released, posing a risk of injury to consumers.
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has received four reports of drill switches sticking in the
on position and one report of a hand injury. DEWALT has received three reports of drill
switches sticking in the on position but no reported injuries.
The drills were sold under the brand names, Milwaukee Electric Tool 1/2" drills and
DEWALT 1/2" Stud & Joist Drills. The following chart lists the 1/2" drills
included in this recall:
||Model Numbers of
or Date Codes of Recalled Tools
|Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
700B400200013 to 700B400480097
718B400230057 to 718B400480118
472B400200061 to 472B400440188
413B400190567 to 413B400522000
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday
|DEWALT Industrial Tool Co.
||DW124 or DW124K
0021 through 0110
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday
The model number and serial
number/date code are written on an identification plate attached to the drill or stamped
into the drill body.
Home center and hardware stores, industrial tool distributors, and factory service dealers
sold these drills with the Eaton switches nationwide from May 2000 to April 2001 for
between $300 and $555.
Consumers should stop using these drills immediately and contact the tool manufacturer to
receive a free tool repair.
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