DeWalt Recalls About 8,500 Electric Chainsaws

The saw can remain running when switched to the ‘off’ position, posing an injury hazard

Recalled Dewalt chainsaw Source: CPSC

DeWalt has recalled about 8,500 electric chainsaws because they can fail to stop running when the switch is in the “off” position, posing a risk of injury. There are no known incidents or injury reports, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice.

Consumer Reports has tested two DeWalt electric chainsaws, both of which appear in our chainsaw ratings—but not the model under recall. We saw a recall for a similar issue in 2018, which involved more than 1 million electric chainsaws sold by Harbor Freight.

For more information on chainsaw safety and the types of chainsaws, read our chainsaw buying guide.

Details of the DeWalt Electric Chainsaw Recall

The recall: About 8,500 DeWalt corded electric chainsaws. The recall involves only one model of 18-inch corded electric chainsaw, with the model number DWCS600. The specific date codes covered are 2021 23-H5 to 2021 40-H5. That information can be found on the underside of the base of the saw.

The risk: The chainsaw can remain running when the switch is on the off position or turn on when plugged in, posing an injury hazard to the user.  

Incidents/injuries: DeWalt has not received any reports of incidents or injuries.

Where and when sold: Hardware and tool supply stores nationwide from June 2021 through November 2021 for between $130 and $150.

The remedy: You should stop using the recalled chainsaw and contact DeWalt to receive a prepaid shipping label. Once you return the saw, DeWalt will provide a free replacement.

Contact information: Call DeWalt at 855-474-5875 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday; email at; or go to DeWalt’s Safety Notices and Recalls page.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to

Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.