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Forum topic by teejay posted 01-22-2010 08:45 PM 2595 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2010 08:45 PM

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I heard they were discontinuing the model so I searched my local HD’s for a sale. It finally did go on clearance in the one 4 day window where I didn’t stop in. . .

I went in on a tuesday and they told me they sold out that saturday ($299). not happy.

I drove to ATL on thursday morning (separate vacation) and called the local HDs here and they were already sold out, so I was kinda bummed.

My father, knowing my plight, went to the same HD back home and found one, unopened, sitting on a pallet that was apparently hidden away somewhere. So… I bought it over the phone and will pick it up on Tuesday when I return home.

So after searching 15 Home depots in 2 states, I finally found one at the original store I looked.

Thats the backstory.. now the issue is that I don’t really have room for the saw, I heard such great reviews that I didn’t want to miss the sale. We have an enclosed garage with a 3.5ft deep storage area up front. Will the saw fit in that area? What is the depth of the saw?

Is it worth keeping or should I try and sell it for the original price of $500 (I spent $321) and use that money to save until I have a dedicated shop?.

How much do you love the saw? and should I keep it?

thanks for your help

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 08:47 PM

Also, they had one at a HD that was going back because it had cut wires… I tried and tried to buy it, but they wouldn’t allow me to my dismay…

It seems as though the saw was destined to be in my possession after this whole ordeal. Am I right? Will my wife believe that?

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 08:59 PM

after all this trouble you’ll just sell it? what a waste…. also I doubt you’ll be able to sell it for $500… $400 range would be more reasonable.

with that said. if you do decide to sell it know this – you’ll never find another saw that packs so much features for that much money. period. The reason they are being discontinued, is because I believe they were sold for too little which ended up not covering the shipping costs. it’s a BUYERS saw.

the saws footprint is like any other hybrid/cabinet saw with a 30” rip capacity. as I recall, it’s 36” tall, ~30” deep, and ~72” wide from end to end on the fence rail.

if you can find a place to store it – I would keep it. for that much money, you’ll never lose on it even if you end up upgrading it in the future (if you would REALLY need to), if you sell it now however, chances are you’ll regret it.

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 09:04 PM

I don’t want to sell it. I just want some convincing. I plan on building a shed soon to do work in so I may just have to hasten the arrival of a shop.

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 09:12 PM

I agree with PurpLev. It’s a ton of saw for that price. Make it fit. Even if you did sell it for a little more than you paid for it, you would be hard pressed to find a similar value when you go to buy a new one.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 09:17 PM

keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it keep it!

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 09:23 PM

They are killing off the R4511 after all the effort, and hype behind it? Please let them bring back the TS3660 or something similar!

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 09:24 PM

I paid $375 for my 3650 a year ago and I think the 4511 is a better saw than the 3650 for the most part. You will never get a saw close to the 4511 for $321 and if you sell it you will kick yourself for it down the road. For that price you are looking at a table top Jet or craftsman portable saw that are not even close to the 4511. You can make a few bucks now but it will cost you more down the road.

I guess my question is why are they discontinuing the 4511 and what if anything will replace it?

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 09:37 PM

Alex, I know they had some issues with the granite top cracking. Not that it was a widespread issue, but when you start replacing granite tops under warranty, I suspect it can hurt the profit line quite a bit. Then there was a recall on a particular run of saws for arbor problems.

Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely believe it was a great saw for the money. But with those things going against it and doing some damage to public perception, they may have decided it was best to discontinue the model and move on.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 01-22-2010 09:54 PM

Who knows, with any luck they will come out with a replacement saw that uses a cast iron top instead of granite…

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#10 posted 01-22-2010 10:02 PM

luck has nothing to do with it. this is pure business. the official reason that was given for the discontinuation was that shipping costs were too high for the 470lbs machine (closer to the 500lbs packaged and all as it comes in a steel cage on a crate). which brings me back to my original post where I think the TS was sold for too little and the profit margin was too low. if that is indeed the case, most likely you’ll see a replacement in the form of something similar to the 3660 – a lighter saw. still very good saw. mind you – HD is not marketing to woodworkers, they mostly market to contructors and DIYers.

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#11 posted 01-22-2010 10:19 PM

There is a rumor going around my Home Depot that this saw is going to be reissued but it will be highly modified from what it is now. The GM at my HD stated also that the saw will be in the $700 to $900 bracket when it comes back out. He also stated that the top is going back to metal because they cannot justify the loss in profit for the stone top. Don’t know if there is any truth in his statements or it is just speculation?

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 01:56 AM

I’d kiss my R4511, if it had lips…. You should keep it, hurry up and get your shed done… you can use your new saw during the construction. Oh, by the way, the assembly instruction suck. PurpLev has some great posts that can be of big help.

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 02:29 AM

It’ll be hard to replace it with something comparable for what you can sell it at. This was a very good value at $600, at $300 is a no brainer IMHO.

The depth of the table is 27”, plus the depth of the fence rails…should be well under your 40” storage depth. Any chance your Dad would store it for a while if it doesn’t fit?

Charlie – Steel City is still making saws with granite tops, and General International and Craftsman have both recently added granite top saws to their lineups. If granite damage is the primary motivation for Ridgid discontinuing the saw, I’d be surprised that GI and Sears are adding them…maybe the ball was already rolling when Ridgid backtracked…

Purp or anyone – Do you think a cast iron top could be retrofitted to the existing R4511 cabinet?

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#14 posted 01-23-2010 03:15 AM

Hi All,

I’m looking to upgrade from my Mastercraft table saw (MD10) and it seems that the 4511 is a great saw to consider. The problem is that HD in Canada is selling the 4511 for $799. You can see it on the Canadian website at (By the was the difference between the US and Canadian dollar is not more than 10%). I was looking on the US HD website and it is not listed. After reading this forum (which is great by the way) I understand that they removed it since the table saw has been discontinued. I understand that the price of the saw was about $499 and that if you can find one, the sale price is $299. That’s an amazing deal. The problem I have is to try and convince a Canadian HD manager to give me a fair price on the saw based on the obcene price difference and the fact that the saw is discontinued.
Here is my request if there is anyone that can help: Does anyone have a link or a copy of the flyer showing the 4511 on sale for $299? Even the regular price would be of help for a bargaining start. Thanks for your help.


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#15 posted 01-23-2010 05:53 AM

Definately keep the saw. Use the money you saved and buy your wife an auto-start for her car. Best money I ever spent was on that auto-start. She may even be willing to park outside until you get the saw situated.

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