all rumors, but what those rumors are saying is that a new saw will be introduced sometime in the summer - maybe the 4511 with a cast iron top, maybe the 4511 as is will return, or maybe something completely different (unlikely- but these are all rumors so it's everyone's guess)...
Ridgid is known to now really disclose of anything before and sometimes even after a product release, so you'll probably see it in the stores before you'll hear about it… unless like the 4511 it'll leak somehow.
Pretty much any rumor that I've ever heard about a supposedly soon to be released Ridgid tool has turned out to be just that, a rumor with no basis in fact. There was a rumor back in 2008 that Ridgid was coming out with a new bandsaw, never happened. There was a rumor that Ridgid was discontinuing their 6" jointer, hasn't happened yet. I've seen where some people think that the delay in introducing a new Ridgid table saw is because of the lawsuit that Ryobi recently lost…....rubbish.
They did sneak a large shipment of R4511s into Home Depot last month, but whether it's about cleaning out inventory or re-introducing is anyone's guess.
That said, Orion seems to be hurting. Their flagship brand got knocked out of Woodcraft, the Ridgid version is technically out of Home Depot and I can only imagine when the Craftsman version will leave Sears.
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