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12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac


12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac


This newly designed RIDGID® 12 Gallon High Performance Wet/Dry Vac is designed for Pro’s and DIY’ers who want a traditionally styled, medium sized vac that delivers the powerful performance and rugged durability required for job site clean-up. Its 5.0 peak HP motor delivers the suction power necessary to handle tough clean-up chores. This vacuum’s 12 gallon drum size results in a more compact design that requires less storage space on a service truck, in the shop, or in the garage. However, it still offers the capacity to handle large messes.

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  • 5.0 Peak HP Motor provides the powerful suction needed for efficient clean up of tough messes
  • 12 Gallon drum provides capacity for clean-up of large spills & messes at job-sites and busy shops
  • With the vacuum inlet in the drum, this vac will accept dust collection bags making dry cleanup even easier
  • 4 Swivel Casters provide easy 360° mobility
  • Accessory storage space built into the caster feet and hose storage on the lid allows quick access to all the provided attachments
  • Medium size of vac requires a smaller storage space to store or transport this vac
  • Scroll Noise Reduction® is a patented feature that provides quiet operation by precisely controlling the flow of air through the vac
  • 1-Layer Standard pleated paper filter captures common everyday dirt
  • Dual-Flex® Locking Hose resists collapsing and adds 180˚ flexibility at both hose ends. Hose locks onto vac for uninterrupted cleaning
  • Long 15’ Power Cord allows quick cleaning over a large area
  • Powerful exhaust airstream can be directed through the vac hose to blow debris from garages, decks, and sidewalks
  • Large Built-In Drain located to lowest point of drum for emptying of water


Drum Size (Gallons) 12
Cord Length 15 ft.
Accessory Size 2 1/2"
Net Weight 16.5 lb
Built-In Accessory Storage Yes
Built-In Drain Yes
Casters Yes
Includes Vac, Wet Nozzle, Utility Nozzle, Car Nozzle, Hose, 2 Extension Wands, Filter
Reconditioned No
Returnable 90-Day
Filter Type Cartridge
Included Filter VF4000
U.L. Listed Yes


Peak HP 5
Air Volume (CFM)  141
Amperage (amps)  10
Voltage 120

Ordering Information

Catalog Number Description Air Watts  (G/h) Weight
lb. kg
WD1270EX 9 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac  Buy Now
WD1270 9 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac  Buy Now
2 1/2" Accessories
Catalog Number Description
LA2503 2 1/2" LOCKING CAR NOZZLE  Buy Now
LA2510 2 1/2" LOCKING WET NOZZLE  Buy Now
LA2514 2 1/2" LOCKING 14" FLOOR BRUSH  Buy Now
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
31743 VT 1755  3 Piece Adapter Kit   Buy Now
32703 VT 2575  Heavy Duty Cleaning Kit: 12 Piece Kit w/Stainless Steel Extension Wands (VT2575)  9.80  4.40  Buy Now
41598 VT 2561  Filter Nut/Drain Cap Combo (VT2561)  Buy Now
41603 VT 2571  Turbo "Beater Bar" Kit (VT2571)  Buy Now
Filters and Dustbags
Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
FILTER ASM 8.23" - RIDGID  Buy Now
60758  The RIDGID premium cyclonic dry pick-up dust bags   Buy Now
12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 743.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great features It works good so far. No problems. Very good product. And a good warranty
Date published: 2019-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT - SENT ME A NEW VAC RATHER THAN JUST PARTS I was not expecting to receive an entire new vac and accessories, but very happy that it happened!!
Date published: 2019-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money It does just what I need it to do. Very maneuverable.
Date published: 2019-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product sucks, in a good way! This was a replacement of a 16 gallon vac I had that died. This 12 gallon replacement although has the same motor as a 16 gallon, has a much better hose, it's wider and seems more flexible. Vacuum works very well.
Date published: 2019-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has some very good features. My son purchased this wet/dry vac for me, so I could use it while I clean out my garages. It is easy to handle, and easy to piece together and pull apart. Plus I like that all the extra pieces can be placed on the vacuum, it makes it very convenient.
Date published: 2019-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product. Outstanding suction power. Very easy to use and the handle on top is a great, usable, and helpful innovation.
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, Easy to use No complaints about this. Works great! The casters allow great movement.
Date published: 2019-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good vac and easy to assembleA Could have a longer hse. more storage holders for tools. Works good and take usual handling well.
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product for the price. I use this item with my home-made dust collector ,which I use behind my belt/disc sander & table saw.It does a good job with both.My sm. shop is much cleaner now.
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good design for tool storage I bought this because I wanted to downsize from my shopvac that was aging out to something more space friendly. I was interested in the design and features. Good suction for I've used it for. Have not used on water yet but don't think I will be disappointed. Liked the promo coffee mug also!
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is always evolving and with the bowling ball industry. We get a lot of dust. Thank you for your products and services. This 12 gallon Wet/Dry Vac is excellent for our ball drilling shavings and dust. It does it's job and easy to move around our Pro Shop. Just make sure you register your Vac and enjoy the features.
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use and very affective product The RIDGID 12 gal wet/dry shop vac is super easy to use and does the job every time. From using it at home for around the house to using it in the shop it’s one of the best shop vacs I’ve owned. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good product at decent price. I’ve only used it twice but it worked well. Bags are a little pricey, approx. $9.00 each. Would have liked to see it come with a couple of bags, but it came without any. It has powerful suction, exhaust blower blows pretty hard, which is good and bad.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good. Has good suction. A little loud, but I see they make a baffle of some sort for the out vent. So far, so good. Has good suction. A little loud, but I see they make a baffle of some sort for the out vent.
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good strong vacuum for my workbench Built this shop vac into my work bench for a dust collection system. Left the castors off and hard-plumbed the vacuum line to the top of my workbench to attach to various power tools. System has huge draw. I like the click-lock on the hoses and attachments. 100% happy with it. Should have done this years ago.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would recommend this to anyone. Very powerful unit Great product. Not very loud as far as shop vacs go. Had to purchase wet filter seperatly which I thought was odd.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product is great. Rigid web site is awful. Purchased this product about a week ago and only used it once so far and that was in a dry pick-up situation. It worked great as expected. I will guess the wet vacuum part will operate well when the time comes. Very disappointed in the Rigid website to register the product. It will not accept the model no. on the box and product when I try to register. Very annoying. Will call Rigid to resolve.
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This one is good wet and dry vac.The ridged 12 gallons and 5 horse power is pretty good for sucking water.
Date published: 2019-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great product - shorted screws Great product, very strong suction, easy to carry. I love it. One complaint, it comes with 6 screws. There are places for 10 screws (1 in each of 4 legs, 2 in handle, and 2 in each of 2 hose brackets), but only 6 screws are included. Emailed customer service who said screws in the legs are optional. I would argue you should either remove the screw locations for the legs, or just give the user 4 more screws. I went and bought 4 more from the store and am good to go now.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well Was missing screws please send I emailed 3 times no reply
Date published: 2019-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solidly built shop vac Bought this bigger size Ridgid because it is on sale 30% off, cheaper than the smaller unit initially planned to get. Enjoy it ++, powerful suction, long ex cord, big diameter tubing with easy accessory storage on the legs. Good latch locking system.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with the operation and ease of handling of the product. It worked excellently and if there are any problems with its operation during your ownership, their lifetime warranty department helps you through the steps required to either repair the situation or replace it. Ours just quit in the middle of dry vacuuming approximately 4 to 5 years after using it both wet & dry. It was quite simple & quick to replace the whole unit after trying to replace the on/off switch first. I was impressed at the service & expediency of it all.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 weeks old and so far so good. Love the handle, its great for carrying it around. The hose storage is a good feature.Suction is great. I haven't used for water yet. My old Ridgid shop vac lasted 20+ years and I used it a lot. I hope this one does the same.
Date published: 2019-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the vac when i am dealing with water and cleaning my carpet in my truck. I would recommend that wet/vac to anyone who is considering in buying one. I have a small Husky that it does not do the job. This is my second wet/vac. I have tried all attachments and they all do the job.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great purchase It did the job for some flooding in storms. Very happy with this product!
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vac, well designed and has options I needed I was very impressed with this vac. I needed to clean up (what turned out to be) 15 lbs for cat feces behind the walls of my basement left over from previous owners. This model gave me the options I needed, such as a bag to contain the hazardous material and a hepa filter to keep me from breathing it in. I was able to use their locking straight extentions (6 of them) all together to get all the way behind the walls. No clogging, strong enough to pick up everything, including misc peices of lumber (slide them out with vacuum. I didnt have to worry about the extentions falling apart due to their locking feature.
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong performer if you need a traditional wet vac with strong suction and great build quality this would be my recommendation. the other at this price point simply dont do the job and are poorly made.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is perfect!!! My vac sucks very well. I like the many accessoiries with the shop vac. My vac is of a good size. I did’nt have no problem to install it. I recommand RIDGID to everybody!!! And the warranty si very good. Thanks.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This vac is excellent for our work shed. It has a high capacity tank and is very powerful.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The mechanical design lacks real world experience. I recently purchased Rigid's WD12701 Wet/Dry Vac. Sadly, after muscling the hoses together I started to clean my wood shop. I quickly and irritably realized that the Vac's Output is on the exact same side as the Intake! Simply put, whichever direction your hose is headed, the (mighty) Vac's output blows debris and dust - always too quickly and usually out of reach. Secondly, the suction does not match the output. Not sure if my WD12701 is defective or it is just mechanically flawed to vacuum simple sawdust and small debris. Sageness tells me that there obviously wasn't must real-world experience, insight or testing put into the WD12701's mechanical design. It is flawed and extremely disappointing for the money. Even more so, I am very disappointed in my shortsighted decision to purchase it.
Date published: 2019-04-11
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Can it run on 120v @ 50hz?

Asked by: Mwells
Date published: 2017-09-06

Vacuum bags, which ones and how to install?

I've been trying to find the proper vacuum bag and how to attach/install it into this vacuum that I've had for years. Anybody have a solution? I'm heading to the HD this afternoon to see what they say.
Asked by: Javre123
HD has the generic 9 to 15 gallon vac bags that are a bit too long but work anyway. These are the ones I use.
Answered by: SteveinTO
Date published: 2017-09-06

Vf3502 bag filter

I saw the answers to another guys question on this and there is some kind of disconnect here. There are 4 rings on the inlet hose but none of those 4 are exposed inside the vaccuum.
Asked by: Rigiddude
Hello Rigiddude, From the photos, it appears that your RIDGID vacuum intake port is located on the power head, not on the drum that makes it not capable to use any filter bag. The inlet tube with the rings is a part attached to the drum to hold a filter bag where the hose connects into, and goes all the way inside the drum.
Answered by: RIDGIDvacs
Date published: 2018-01-24

What is the decibel rating on this vacuum?

Asked by: Rhees
Hello Rhees, WD1270 is rated 86 decibels.
Answered by: RIDGIDvacs
Date published: 2018-02-07

VF3502 High Efficiency Bag

When using the VF3502 High Efficiency Bag, do I need to remove the round filter in the center?
Asked by: DonG
Hello DonG, The pleated paper filter must be left in place when using the VF3502 filter bag. Thanks, RIDGID
Answered by: RIDGIDvacs
Date published: 2018-06-01
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