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16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable Blower

WD1680

16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable Blower

WD1680

This newly designed RIDGID® 16 gallon wet/dry vac is a multifunctional powerhouse. Its powerful motor and large drum size allow it to perform extremely well as a conventional vac. In addition, the vacuum’s power head detaches and quickly converts into a 180 peak MPH handheld blower with a locking blowing wand that outperforms most dedicated leaf blowers. The quick-release cord wrap lets you spend less time unwrapping the 20’ cord, and more time on the job. The caddy conveniently keeps your accessories and hose close at hand. It’s like two incredible tools in one.

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Features

  • Detachable hand held blower provides 180 mph wind for removing debris from walkways, decks, yards, driveways, job sites, tools, etc. Performance meets or exceeds that of dedicated lawn & garden leaf blowers.
  • New, dedicated blowing wand positively locks into the blowing port so it won’t blower loose.
  • 6.5 peak horsepower motor provides maximum power for the heavy-duty pickup of water & debris in the shop, basement, garage or on the job.
  • Scroll Noise Reduction® is a patented feature that provides quiet operation by precisely controlling the flow of air through the vac.
  • Four swivel casters provide 360°, freewheeling maneuverability of the vac when pushed or pulled in any direction.
  • 7' Dual-Flex® Locking Hose resists collapsing and adds 180˚ flexibility at both hose ends. Hose locks onto vac for uninterrupted cleaning
  • Innovative accessory storage provides space for 7 individual items. No more searching or fumbling to find accessories.1-Layer Standard Pleated paper filter captures common everyday dirt.
  • 1-Layer Standard Pleated paper filter captures common everyday dirt.
  • 20’ Extra long power cord accommodates wide area cleaning.
  • Large built-in drain located at lowest point of drum for emptying of water.

Specifications

Drum Size 16 Gallons (US)
Cord Length 20’
U.L. Listed Yes
Replacement Filters VF4000, VF5000, VF6000, VF7000, VF3502
Accessory Size 2-1/2"
Shipping Weight 29 lbs.
Net Weight 25.5

Motor

Peak Horsepower 6.5
Air Watts 286
Voltage 120
CFM 172
Amps 12.0
16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable Blower is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 216.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design. Multiple uses. Great design with multiple uses. Not only are you able to use as a wet dry vac but I also used the detachable blower with the flexible hose to blow out lines. Great horse power. Recommend
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More power, great new features I was looking for a replacement for my Ridgid 16 gallon vac with removable motor that I bought probably 15 years ago. The motor hadn't died, but it was terminally ill. But the aluminum impeller gave out first, so getting a new one became the task of the week. The current equivalent is a little stronger - always a good thing. The removable motor/blower now has a very functional cord winding feature, and the blower nozzle has a locking feature, so I don't have to worry about chasing the nozzle across the yard any more. The tool storage attachment is a big improvement over the previous model. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my new vac. We'll see if durability is equally improved.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great vac - nice design only thing I would have changed is the wheels, I have a craftsman 16 gal vac and had to replace the wheels, I went from the hard plastic to a softer rubber wheel rolls much nicer.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is very easy to handle and has great attachments I am not the only person using this product. My wife and daughter use it and find it quite easy to handle and it stores away easily also. They think it is just the right size for our garage.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful but clumsy Plenty of vacuum and capacity. Heavy to move around and attachment for accessories is clumsy. Had to replace one of the castors since it bent upon installation. Customer service support was excellent in this regard.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the money I am in the flooring business. This vacuum is strong enough to pick up heavier materials then most and the detachable blower comes in handy for drying floor prep. I also use it for blowing off driveways and other outdoor surfaces. I've purchased this same product two times in the last ten years. Each one lasted around five years of running two hours or more each working day. Well worth the money
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleased with the performace of this product The Ridged works well , has good suction and the detachable blower is very handy. I was also pleased that the noise level is low during use. It is however New with very little use so perhaps i should write another review four years form now.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Replacement Bought this Rigid to replace a vacuum I bought over 15 years ago. Seems to do what I want it to do. I do not like the on-off switch, however. Slider, rather than push button. Too easy for it to move from "off" position to "on" position.
Date published: 2016-10-31
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hi ... have the wd1665 model of the 16 gallon wet/dry vac. this unit has been great, but now notice that when i switch the unit ON, sometimes I have to giggle it a little to get it to start.
Any ideas on how to correct?
Do these switches wear out?
thanks.
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Sounds like your switch is "going"...I suggest you contact Customer Service because you have a life-time warranty.
I don't recommend you trying to fix it on your own.
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If the power switch of the WD1665 is not operating properly, we can send a replacement switch no charge under warranty. You should be mechanically inclined to replace the switch. Please call us directly at 1-800-474-3443 so we can place the order. You should have the serial number of the vac once you contact us.

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Switches can go bad and wear out. It could be just a loose connection also? I would first spray some alcohol into the switch itself and around the switch housing because sometimes the contacts of the switch get dirty. Let this dry for a minute or two and then try it and see if it works. If not then If the machine is not under warranty you should be able to take it apart by removing some screws and the unit should separate into two pieces. This should also give you access to the switch. From their you can determine if it's a loose connection or a bad switch? Hope this helps?
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trying to use the blower feature, but am not sure if this is possible with this model, already bought and extra 8' line, (16' total line), as the area is tight, but improperly insulated.

the filter seems as it will deter this and removing the filter i think may clog up the motor.

thank you in advance for all responses.
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I would advise against what you are trying to do. This blower is not designed to blow things through the device. You could try to build a "fill system" and connect it to the hose itself. I am not sure if it will work, but I would give that a try before blowing insulation through the actual motor unit.
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Think you have your answer already in your question, it will clog blower, it's only mit to blow air "ONLY" not products.
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Answer: 
Thank you for your interest in RIDGID. The WD1680 has “detachable blower.” It has the capability to be used as a dedicated blower for yard work, patio cleanup, and garage applications to blow dust and other debris. Since this unit has a detachable leaf blower, you can run the vac with or without a filter when using it as a blower.
I hope this meets your needs.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to call us at 1-800-4-RIDGID (1-800-474-3443) or you may send your email to [email protected]

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I have only had my unit for about a month and used it very little.
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Remove the filter then turn on the vac to see if that improves the suction, if not it is probably defective. If you have done the steps you described and still have poor performance it probably is defective. As a note if you purchased it at Home Depot you can return it for a refund within 90 days of purchase!
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Check float valve, it may be stuck
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Thank you for contacting RIDGID® Customer Support.

There are a number of reasons your vac may have reduced suction power. We recommend that you check the following:

1 – The most common reason for reduced performance is a clogged filter that is full of debris. Please check the condition of your filter – you may need to either clean or replace your filter.

2 - The drain cap could be loose or missing. You should check the connections.

3 – The hose may have holes or could be clogged – you should check the condition of your hose and clean or replace if necessary.

4 - The float (which is the device inside the filter cage beneath the filter) could be stuck in the upward position. Check the float - it should be moving freely.

5 – The drum is not secure to the power head. You should check to insure that the drum is properly secured to the power head.

If the above recommendations do not solve your problem, please contact us and we can attempt to troubleshoot the vacuum with you. Also, if its within 90 days, you may return the vac at Home Depot for an exchange.

If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to call us at 1-800-4-RIDGID (1-800- 474-3443) or you may send your email to [email protected]

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drain hose attachment

I am wondering where I can get a hose to fit on the drain outlet... or an adapter from the vac to a garden hose?
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Have you looked at your local Home Depot or on there web site to see if their is a adapter for the drain outlet? I don't know if rigid has a web site but you could see if they do and maybe get one from there? Hope this helps!
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The part number you will need is VT2519 hose to drain adapter.

They can be purchased at www.ridgidparts.com or through your local distributor. Please let us know if you need a distributor in your area.

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My blower has, what looks like a vent, where the attachment should go. I cant seem to remove the vent part.
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Did you get or can you locate your owners manual for your vac? You might even be able to go on the rigid web site and download the owners manual for your device? This should tell you how to hook up an attachment to your blower. You might even be able to find a YouTube video on it? Who knows their are videos on just about anything these days? My blower attachment locks into the blower port. Mine works like this I push the blower attachment into the blower port and then turn it clockwise until it locks into place which is great because you don't have to worry about it falling off or the blower blowing it off like on my older sears model I have. Hope this helps!
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

For our WD1680 vac, there is no part needed to be removed from the blowing port to use it as a blower. I sent an owner’s manual on the email address provided so you can have a reference on the parts included on the vac and the instruction on how to use this vac as a blower.

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