Testing electric tools and machines

Test of electrical and non-electrical safety

Electric tools must function safely and reliably – that is a key condition for their daily use, as the user’s health and, in some cases, physical integrity depend on that. Therefore, the electrical and non-electrical, e.g. mechanical, safety of electric tools must meet high safety requirements and, in Europe, also comply with the requirements of Directive 2006/42/EC (‘Machinery Directive’). In addition, exporting companies often have to meet national standards of the respective countries, for which the IEC CB system plays a pivotal role in the supply chain of electric equipment outside Europe.

DEKRA tests and certifies the following machines listed in Annex IV of the Machinery Directive:

  • table saws
  • band saws
  • planers and nicknessers
  • handheld chainsaws
  • vehicle hoists
  • access systems and lifting platforms

Our test laboratories are not only accredited by the German accreditation body DAkkS: they are also accredited as a GS body and for the CB procedure; thus, we test electric equipment and tools according to the following standard series:

  • hand-held electric tools within the scope of standard series IEC 60745 and IEC 62841
  • semi-stationary electric tools within the scope of standard series IEC 61029 and IEC 62841
  • electric lawnmowers and gardening machines within the scope of standard series IEC 60335 and IEC 62841
  • •all of the above including several national variations for Europe (EN), US (UL), Canada (CSA) etc.;
  • hand-held non-electrical tools within the scope of standard series EN 792 and EN ISO 11148
  • petrol-powered gardening tools such as chainsaws, grass trimmers, hedge trimmers etc. according to the applicable EN ISO standards

Moreover, DEKRA also provides test services according to other standards listed under the Machinery Directive and other regulations. Last but not least, DEKRA assesses the effectiveness of dust extraction systems of handheld electric tools with reproducible dust measurements according to standard series EN 50632. By doing so, DEKRA offers the manufacturer of hand-held electric tools evidence that the limit values for dust are met according to the most manifold requirements.

DEKRA – On the safe side