Model WD1956


  • 6.5 Peak HP Motor provides industry leading power and performance
  • Stainless Steel Drum provides rugged, attractive, & clean exterior to meet the higher demands found on the job site
  • 3-layer Fine Dust Filter captures fine dust particles such as dry wall dust
  • Scroll Noise Reduction® is a patented feature that provides quiet operation by precisely controlling the flow of air through the vac
  • Sturdy Cart, Push Handle, & Large Rear Wheels act together allowing the vac to travel easily up & down steps and across rough terrain
  • Quick Release Accessory Storage Bag keeps accessories close at hand but is quickly removable to make emptying debris from drum quick and easy
  • 7' Dual-Flex® Locking Hose resists collapsing and adds 180˚ flexibility at both hose ends. Hose locks onto vac for uninterrupted cleaning
  • Large Carry Handle allows easy lifting of vac into service vehicle
  • Long 20’ Cord wraps neatly around carry handle
  • Powerful exhaust airstream can be directed through the vac hose to blow debris from garages, decks, and sidewalks


Drum Size 16 Gallons (US)
Cord Length 20’
U.L. Listed Yes
Replacement Filters VF3502, VF5000, VF6000, VF7000
Accessory Size 2-1/2"
Shipping Weight 38.5 lbs.
Net Weight 27.8 lbs.


Peak Horsepower 6.5
Air Watts 294
Voltage 120
CFM 203
Amps 12.0

Ordering Information

Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
31703 WD1956  16 Gallon Steel Tank Wet/Dry Vac  38.5  17.40 
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Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great vacuum for the shop. Great vacuum for the shop. Really good suction, love the 20' cord. 7' hose could be a little longer, but I can make do with it. Jury is still out if the mounting setup/hardware for the caster and wheel attachment will hold up for the long haul. So far, no problems. March 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by You did it right as a retried high school shop teacher you thought of everything on and off switch light weight wih the easy rolling a full load . Wow your design and ease of operateing along with quality parts .The ease of movement with a full load of water and the discharge of the water.the ease of opening and closing .I am please with the quality and design of all the parts I was very surprised with warranty I will never have to buy another wet vac unless I live to a 100 years old.You may refer me to any one who wants to here my input. Thank you. Jerry Latham March 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Exceptional Warranty My wife bought me this top end shop vac about 8 years ago. It has been a workhorse in my garage, shop and driveway/yard. Mainly used for picking up garage dirt and messes, but really gets abused when I sometimes clean up the driveway, which is an older asphalt, now crumbling, and I don't want the black tar bits messing up the yard. (Time for a new driveway surface). I recently got back into woodworking, and the vac is perfect for hooking up to my shop tools to collect sawdust. While routing some dovetail joints, with the vac being turned on and off often, it suddenly would not come back on. Bah! Using an ohm-meter, I traced the problem all the way back to an open coil in the motor. $143 replacement motor online was too expensive, might as well get a new vac. But looking at these reviews, I noticed that Ridgid claims lifetime warranty. Sooo, call Ridgid and get hold of a nice lady who says that it sounds like I may be eligible for a brand new replacement vac!! Simply respond to her email with 4 simple photos of the broken vac (to prove I have one and its not abused, I think). I did, and a week later, a new vac is on a Fedex truck my way. Got it 2 days ago, assembled this brand new baby out of the box and plugged it in, ready to go for another 8 years, hopefully a lot more - I saw that my filter was really clogged up bad, so that may have caused some excess strain on the motor?? Anyway, I'm getting some replacement filters, as repeated cleanings of the old is probably not adequate - maybe replace every couple of years. Top marks to Ridgid for Exceptional Warranty service! Excellent shop vac for all my uses. Note: I've never done much water pickup with this, so can't comment on that capability. February 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by They could have used thicker stainless to make the drum. Other then that, it is quiet and works great. The vacuumed works great. Easy to assemble and very quiet. Could use thicker steel in the manufacturing of the drum. February 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by amazing shop vac The best shop vac you can get. I also have the 6 gallon stainless shop vac as well. These vacs are tough and work hard. You will not have to buy another one again. February 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product meets all of expectations. I'm so pleased with the product. You sent it to replace one I had for years. It shows that Lifetime Guarantee does work. Could not be happier. the turn around time was remarkable. You also took care of the postage. Thank so much. February 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Expensive Shiny Boat Anchor I had such high hopes for Rigid, unfortunately, based upon my previous experience with Rigid shop vacuums (this is my 2nd in only a few years) and my experience with their battery tools, I have extremely low expectations for the life of the tool, their un-applicable "warranty" claims, and their "hand-bound" customer disservice. I bought this because I needed one in a pinch, and this was the only one available. January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by very powerful this vac,with its attached cart is a little onthe large size but is very manuverable. very powerful motor gets the job done quickly. would definitely reccomend. January 21, 2015
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