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Aldi Workzone Drill Fire Update

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Aldi Workzone Drill Fire Update

Post by Dances With Otters » May 3rd, 2018, 7:32 am

Many of you will remember a close call I had with a cordless drill bursting into flames on my boat sometime ago now.





Another consumer experienced exactly the same thing and kept in contact with me.

After speaking to the BBC Watchdog TV program and then contacting the manufacturer, I finally got a response, however, that was after being ignored the first time. So I contacted them a second time, not in an aggressive fashion you understand but after all I nearly lost my yacht to a fire.

I can confirm that they now have sent me a free updated set worth £120.

Two things I can add to this.
One, don't accept stuff when it's doesn't pass the test and secondly, always disconnect lithium batteries when device is not in use.

When I say I had a close call, it could not really have been much closer.

Finally, many thanks to Workzone for doing the honourable thing.
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Re: Aldi Workzone Drill Fire Update

Post by DIY Man » May 17th, 2018, 6:37 am

I have just experienced an identical Workzone Cordless Drill melt down.
Having charged the battery, inserted it and tested the trigger operation, the drill was placed on my workbench.
Fortunately I remained in the workshop as within minutes there was a cloud of smoke and electrical burning stench from the drill.
I was able to remove the battery and prevent an inevitable fire!
The drill handle was red hot and the plastic melting around the trigger point.
Had I not been present I think my workshop would have gone up in flames!!
I phoned Aldi Customer Services to report my concerns. Had there been other cases and if so was a recall required? The helpful lady I spoke to reassured me that it was an isolated incident and that as the drill had been purchased 10/2015 it was out of warranty. She did log the barcode details.
Having checked on line forums I discovered that I am not alone and at least 2 other cases are on Youtube - both potentially disastrous.
This could be similar to the issues with tumble driers and phone batteries?
I will be returning to Aldi to further express my concerns.

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Re: Aldi Workzone Drill Fire Update

Post by Dances With Otters » May 17th, 2018, 7:02 am

I know of one other case on YouTube and the chap kindly gave me the contact details to challenge the manufacturer. They ignored my email initially but I repeated and eventually got a replacement.
I too was told it was an isolated incident which is B*l*o*k*.
This nearly cost me a yacht and since then I disconnect every battery.
Do you want the contract details?
I will post them for you and if they don't reply, keep at it.
Watchdog showed an interest but it never got momentum.
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