Thanks for all the info. R4511 was my choice to replce my old saw. Makes one wonder why it had such a short life and why it's replacement isn't ready with Christmas coming up. I will probably pay more but I will be seriously considering something other than a Ridgid.
That said, this saw has a lot of other feature to offer that make it a legitimate contender. Riving knife, DC, left tilt arbor, integrated mobile base and price.
I like the granite concept. However, it was relatively low on my list of required features and certainly not a deal maker or breaker.
My guess is if Ridgid does bring a replacement model to market it will likely retain many of the features of the R4511. I would not be surprised if they simply used a cast iron top and kept everything else.
Who knows what they will release next? (if anything) Perhaps the table saw market has not been profitable enough for them of late.
And of course the R4511 is not of their own design. It is the same saw as Steel City sells..same top, same trunnion, etc. For cost savings over the Steel City version Ridgid made some changes such as dropping the motor horsepower, different switch design etc. Maybe they'll just change tops and roll it out...but, then again perhaps they will take a design offered by a completely different tool factory.
repaired too...fairly easily.
I figured it was discontinued before I got mine, as it was no longer on the HD site. I couldn't pass it up at $350. I got it from a guy who never even put it together.
I bought mine of Black Friday in St Louis. $499 plus tax (then thanks to this forum I found the $75 rebate).
I'm a beginning woodworker and wanted to buy a saw that would last a long time and exceed my limited talents (accomplished both). Assembly was a challenge with having to flip back and forth between manual and parts manual, but I got it up and running in 3.5 hours.
I really like my saw and, discontinued or not, think that it will far exceed my expectations, and talents, and last a long long time!
Really at the tail end of this close out, but I just bought my R4511 for $299 at Home Depot and it was new, on the pallet all wrapped in plastic.
So brand new, 450 pound table saw for $300.... how can you beat that?
To answer the first question: should I get one or wait?
I would get one because we know that this is good saw at a great price.
We do not know how good the next one will be we know that for sure it will be much more expensive.
If the next one is better, it will be time then to sale this one and to buy the new one.