Ridgid has teased of something that is “on track to release 2023.” The sole image is of a Ridgid-branded guide rail that often accompanies track saws.
So, by simple deduction, it seems that Ridgid is going to launch a cordless track saw.
Or, maybe it will be a corded track saw, but I doubt it; how many AC/corded power tools have major tool brands launched in recent years?
I wonder – is Ridgid set to launch an 18V cordless track saw, or will it be a dual-battery track saw?
Reminder: TTI develops and manufactures cordless power tools for both Ryobi and Ridgid, for sale exclusively at Home Depot.
Makita, one of Home Depot’s flagship cordless power tool brands, has offered track saws for years. Has Home Depot ever featured them in stores? For that matter, I don’t believe I have seen the Ryobi at any Home Depot stores since it launched last year.
There are 4 main types of track saws:
i) Regular circular saws with clamp-on cutting guides, accessory shoes, or other tracking implements.
ii) Value-priced track saws – such as by Ryobi and Kreg.
iii) Premium track saws, such as by Makita and Festool.
iv) Specialty track saws, such as by Mafell and Festool.
With Ryobi offering a value-priced cordless track saw, and Milwaukee offering a premium solution supported by a system of accessories, where will Ridgid fit in?
Will the Ridgid cordless – or corded – track saw be an online-only product like the Ryobi, or will it be sold in stores?
Searching Home Depot’s site for “Ryobi guide rail” or similar keywords doesn’t turn up much. I also can’t seem to find any consumable parts or accessories, such as replacement anti-splinter strips.
As a long-time track saw user, I have purchased additional guide rail sizes over the years, as well as replacement anti-splinter strips. I’ve purchased things like clamps, and also 3rd party accessories.
Cross-compatibility is nice, but can be confusing and difficult to navigate. Track saws are best supported by an ecosystem of add-ons, accessories, and replacement products.
Milwaukee seems to know this – they’re launching their new cordless track saw with guide rails, a case, saw blades, track connectors, clamps, and replacement anti-splinter and non-slip strips.
Will Ridgid’s potential track saw be a standalone product like Ryobi’s, or part of a system like Milwaukee’s?
Maybe Ridgid and Ryobi will share a common track style and accessories? That would be a good idea. Or will the Ridgid be compatible with Milwaukee tracks and accessories?
I started off excited about Ridgid’s teaser announcement, but now I’m not so sure. We’ll see.