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TABLE SAW

Name of product: Table Saw's Rip Fence Assembly.

Units: About 41,800.

Manufacturer: Rexon Industrial Corp. of East Windsor, Conn.

Distributor/retailer: Sears Roebuck and Co. of Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Hazard: The rip fence -- a metal guide that keeps material being sawed from shifting side to side as it passes through the cutting blade -- can come loose. This could result in kickback of the material being sawed and possible injury to the operator.

Incidents/injuries: Rexon on behalf of Sears has received 230 reports of the rip fence bracket coming loose. No injuries were reported.

Description: The rip fence on these saws is made of silver extruded aluminum, is 31 inches in length, and has an over-locking handle with a black die-cast aluminum head. They were included with Craftsman table saw model number 137.21830.

Sold at: Sears stores nationwide from August 2002 through November 2004. The cost of complete table saw is about $399, and the cost of the rip fence is about $40.

Manufactured in: Taiwan.

Remedy: The firm will provide free replacement parts with instructions to consumers.

Consumer contact: Sears Craftsman Helpline at (800) 843-1682 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.