Delta 979 Vs. RIDGID R4511, HELP!!!!!!!!

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Forum topic by dlux posted 01-09-2009 09:21 AM 3116 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2009 09:21 AM

Hey, new guy here again!

I ordered my Delta 979 TS and it’s ready to be picked up now, HOWEVER I have a new dilemma…..

I saw a new TS that would cost about the same amount of money, and I “think” might be a wiser purchase. I need your help once again!

The new Ridgid R4511 seems like a better buy. For only $100 more than the Delta it has:
granite table and extensions,
3/4 cabinet,
and the motor doesn’t hang out like the Delta
The R weighs twice as much
The R has a better left rip capacity by 6.5 inches (allegedly)
The R has a 45 cut depth of 2 1/4 where as the Delta is 2 1/8

Here are some pictures that a guy posted on the Ridgid forums. Here is the current forum discussion going on. “Ashman” is the one who actually has the saw and is posting his results.

I live in Houston, so rust is an issue around here b/c of the humidity. With granite I wouldn’t have to worry about it. Since the price point of this saw is $599 (plus knock 10% off for opening an HD credit card and then cancel it), it brings this bad boy down to $539.

Thanks for all the previous help and all the advice I know you will once again provide to the newbie!

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 04:56 PM


I saw this new Ridgid right after I got my TS3660, and started wondering if I should have waited….

You can drive yourself nuts like this. Go pick up your Delta and have fun with it. Don’t waste life staring into the rear-view mirror.

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

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 05:01 PM

Charlie, it’s ironic that I JUST gave somebody that same piece of advice! :)

I think my deal is that I know my income level will drastically decrease in the next year, so while I have the $, I want to make sure I do it right the first time. Once it’s out of the box and set up, there will be no looking back. But until that time, I figure I still have options :)

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 05:03 PM

Like Yogi Berra said… “When you come to a fork in the road….. take it.”

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

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 05:39 PM

The thing about the RIDGID saw ( aparently a Steel City saw ) that concerns me is the granite top, call a couple places that make and install granite counter tops, and see if they think it’s a good idea. Otherwise I think they need to be out on the market a little longer, for as long as they have been out, I haven’t heard of anyone thats had one for any length of time and is jumping for joy.

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