Grinder Recalled for Laceration Hazard

Metabo, manufacturer of the Rat Tail Angle Grinder, has announced the recall of their Metabo 5-inch, 6-inch, and 7-inch rat tail angle grinders with a brake. Recalled models include WEPBA 17-125 Quick RT DS, WEPBA 17-150 Quick RT DS, and WEPB 19-180 RT DS. Serial numbers are from 70300xxxxx to 70700xxxxx. Model numbers and serial numbers are printed on a label on the bottom of the tool behind the red brake band.

According to the recall, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled angle grinders and contact Metabo for instructions on how to receive a free repair or a replacement angle grinder. At the time the recall was announced, no injuries had been reported from the recalled product.

The grinders were sold at industrial, construction, and welding supply distributors, including Purvis Industries, WeldStar Co., Pennsylvania Tool Sales and Service, and online at from April 2017 through October 2017 for about $350.

Customers may contact Metabo toll-free at 844-470-5540 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email or online and click on Service for more information.