I was at my local HD today. My local ridgid rep was there and we got to talking about the future of ridgid wwing tools. We specifically talked about the r4511 and its replacement. He stated that HD has decided to bring it back. He stated that HD asked Ridgid to bring back a stationary TS around the $500 pricepoint. Ridgid responded by bringing back the r4511. He showed me his manifest which shows 4 new 4511's coming to my local store. A month ago the 4511 was clearenced out here at my local store, I gave my friend the upc off of my receipt from mine so that he could order it. HD stated clearenced-unable to order.
My local Ridgid rep stated that the saw is set to get an update sometime soon(probably a riving knife)...but it will most definately keep the granite top. He stated that neither HD or Ridgid was loosing money on the granite top. He stated that they ship by the pallet, not by weight so it does not matter how heavy it is. Due to this, they will never come out with a one piece rail system for it as they want to keep shipping to one pallet per unit.
I asked him about any new tools coming out and he stated the big thing now is the jobmax tools. He stated that you can buy different heads online. I asked him about a new bandsaw, he stated and I quote "not anytime soon".
He seemed pretty knowledgeable and as an owner of a 4511 I hope he is right. I hope more people get the chance to get one of these wonderful saws.