Dewalt DWS779 vs Ridgid R4221: What’s the Difference?

In a different report, we’ve compared the Dewalt DWS779 with another DeWalt model, the DWS715. Here, we’re comparing it with a non-DeWalt, the Ridgid R4221.

What are the differences between these two miter saws? Similarities? Read on to find out.

Comparison Chart: Dewalt DWS779 vs Ridgid R4221

Let’s start with this chart.

Miter Saw
Model Check Price » Dewalt DWS779 Check Price » Ridgid R4221
Miter Saw Bevel Double Double
Miter Saw Type Sliding Compound Sliding Compound
Amps 15 15
Blade Diameter 12″ 12″
Tool Height 17 in. 20.50 in.
Tool Length 24.75 in. 38.75 in.
Weight 56 lbs. 64 lbs.
Arbor Size 5/8″ or 1.0″ 1.0″
No Load Speed 3,800 RPM 4,000 RPM
Maximum Left Bevel 48° 70°
Maximum Right Bevel 48° 70°
Maximum Cutting Thickness 6.75 in. 4 in.
Cross Cut Capacity at 90° 2″ x 14″ 2″ x 16″ or 4″ x 6″
Cross Cut Capacity at 45° 2″ x 10″ 2″ x 12″ or 4″ x 6″
Inclusions Carbide Tipped Blade, Wrench, Dust Bag, Vertical Clamp
Work Light

Key Differences

In this section, we list down the key differences between these two miter saws.

Size and Weight

The Dewalt DWS779 is lighter by 8 lbs. It weighs 56 lbs. compared to the Ridgid R4221 that weighs 64 lbs. The DWS779 is also smaller in size.

No-Load Speed

The Ridgid R4221 has a no-load speed of 4,000 RPM, which is faster than the DWS770 speed.

Maximum Bevel

The Ridgid R4221 boasts an “industry-leading 0-70-degree miter range with 70 degrees to the left and to the right.” In comparison, the DWS779 has a miter range of up to 48 degrees, left and right.

Cutting Thickness

The DeWalt DWS779 can cut thicker boards of up to 6.75 inches. In comparison, the Ridgid R4221 can cut up to 4 inches.

Work Light

One advantage of the Ridgid R4221 is that it has a built-in work light. The DeWalt DWS779 is not equipped with an LED light. Plus, it has a better speed rating.

Also Read: DeWalt DHS790AT2 vs DWS780: What’s the Difference?

Our Final Word: Dewalt DWS779 vs Ridgid R4221

The DeWalt DWS779 is a tried-and-tested model that has enough power to cut thick boards up to 6.75 inches. Compared with the Ridgid, the DeWalt is lighter and smaller.

The Ridgid R4221‘s advantage is its work light, which allows you to see clearly especially in a poorly lit area. Plus, it has a better speed rating.