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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

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Ordering Information

Catalog Number Description Air Watts  (G/h) Weight
lb. kg
WD1270EX VAC, WD1270EX 
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
24608 VT 2570  4X Pro Hose Replacement (VT2570) 
31743 VT 1755  3 Piece Adapter Kit  
32703 VT 2575  Heavy Duty Cleaning Kit: 12 Piece Kit w/Stainless Steel Extension Wands (VT2575)  9.80  4.40 
41598 VT 2561  Filter Nut/Drain Cap Combo (VT2561) 
41603 VT 2571  Turbo "Beater Bar" Kit (VT2571) 
72897 VT 2520  2 1/2" x 7' Universal Vac Hose (VT2520) 
12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 730.
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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vacuum out of the box This vacuum is great and meets all my specifications right out of the box. The assembly was easy and was up and cleaning in a few minutes.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Vacuum with Best Company Backed Coverage Best Vacuum with Best Company Backed Coverage. They truly stand behind their product. Well made and perfectly priced.
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Vac for my workshop This vac performs as advertised. I have combined it with the Home Depot "Dustopper" and 5 gallon Homer bucket. This combination makes easier disposal of sawdust and keeps the shop vac and the filter clean and clog free. Really love this combination for clean-up. Well worth the money.
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of power and exceeded expectations We used this wet/dry vac for wet operation to get water off of the basement floor during minor winter flooding. It worked great with plenty of power to vacuum up the water that was seeping in. We used it for many hours straight and it worked great. We chose Ridgid because of its high quality and ultra durability.
Date published: 2019-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needed a wet/dry vac in a hurry! Due to a combination of warm weather, rain, and frozen ground, many in my area are experiencing water in their homes for the first time. I have a 20 yr. old Craftsman shop vac, and did not want to find myself in a position where it pooped out. I headed to my nearest HD, and picked up the WD12701, as they had them on display near the entrance to the store. Thus far it's done a great job picking up water that's trying to enter my home. The only reason I gave "Ease of use" a four is it's a bit tricky getting the lock downs on the lid to align with the tub.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great Bought this shop vac for remodeling around my home, cleaning up my shed, all around miscellaneous projects, for the time that I have had it, I’ve used it for wet and dry vacuuming and is still running strong. Strongly recommended purchasing and putting the muffler on the discharge to reduce noise and prevent anything from being blown out if the filter inside is removed.
Date published: 2019-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I cant say yes to recommend, Last one burnt quick this one is too new Well it seems ok, had to buy this one and a smaller one in a pinch when our shop was leaking in a rain storm and BOTH (yes both) of our other Ridgid vacuums quit. The first one that quit was less than a year old and just started smoking and died, and of course the warranty is crap on it i find out. The other was about two years old and just started screaming and screeching. Eh we shall see about these new ones but not happy about the old ones, especially the warranty on a machine less than a year old being useless.
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great attachments, great power I bought this vacuum to replace an old 10 gallon one and added a Dustopper separator and the combo works great to keep the dust down to a minimum in my shop.
Date published: 2019-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is well-engineered. My first Ridgid shop vacuum lasted a very very long time but eventually it had to be replaced. The new model has some nice features such as being able to place the hose on two holders and the power cord can be stored neatly. Strong suction and some of the accessories from my previous shop vacuum also a Ridgid fits this new model which is nice.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From the ease of putting the unit together to using the unit this is the best wet/dry vac we have ever purchased . If you want a wet/dry vac. that is easy to use and assemble then purchase the RIDGID® 12 Gallon High-Performance Wet/Dry Vac. I have used the vacuum to clean our tornado shelter and to cleaning our vents. We love this unit!
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shop Vac I've ever bought. This vac has been running strong for almost 2 years now. Great suction and durable made product.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My open box did not have everything in the picture but it works had stuff left over from the other brand unit this one replaced. Seems to have good suction and is helping keep my mess down in my mom's garage where I am working on an old pickup project.
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Ridgid products Great vacuum . This is my second purchase. One for garage, second for cellar.
Date published: 2019-02-27
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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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