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16 Gallon Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vac With Cart


16 Gallon Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vac With Cart


This RIDGID 16 gallon stainless steel wet dry vac is designed to deliver the powerful suction, large capacity, rugged construction, unique features and excellent mobility that pro's demand for jobsite or shop. The powerful 6.5 peak horsepower motor easily handles the toughest jobsite clean-up tasks. A 3-layer fine dust filter, VF5000 captures drywall dust. Moving up and down steps or across rough terrain is a snap with the large fixed rear wheels and cart handle. The top handle doubles as a cord wrap, and an accessory storage bag keeps vac attachments close at hand. The cart handle includes a quick release design which allows easy emptying. This stainless steel construction shop vac also features RIDGID's patented Scroll Noise Reduction for quiet operation.

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  • 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
  • Included locking accessories secure all attachments from hose to tool.


Drum Size 16 Gallons (US)
Cord Length 20’
Accessory Size 2-1/2" Locking
Net Weight 27.8 lbs.
Built-In Accessory Storage Yes
Built-In Drain Yes
Casters Yes
Includes Vac, Locking Wet Nozzle, Locking Utility Nozzle, Locking Car Nozzle, Locking Crevice Tool, Diffuser, Hose, 2 Locking Extension Wands, Fine Dust Filter
Reconditioned No
Returnable 90-Day
Filter Type Cartridge
Included Filter VF5000
U.L. Listed Yes


Peak Horsepower 6.5
Air Volume (CFM) 203
Amperage (amps)  12.0
Voltage 120

Ordering Information

Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
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) 
16 Gallon Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vac With Cart is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 118.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty bulky, didn’t have some of the attachments, had to buy more . Overall I am pleased with the product ! Not easy to assemble, and didn’t come with an exhaust filter and other attachments. . I’ll have to go and buy the item . I’ll get good use from the vac !
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Shop Vac I have ever owned & it has a lifetime warranty Powerful, solid stainless steel tank, moves easily with you, does not tip over, excellent accessories that all fit together perfectly. Used it for floor refinishing saw dust clean up, quickly wet vacuumed over 40 gallons of water from a a broken pipe. All this and a lifetime warranty. We purchased additional accessories with soft brush tips to vacuum wood floors that worked great. The last one I will ever need to buy. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2019-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile and quiet shop vac I had my Ridgid shop vac for several years. When it quit working I filled out the warranty replacement form and had a new shop vac at my home within a week. I am impressed with the product and the warranty.
Date published: 2019-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This machine is a monster! I purchased this machine to serve as dust collection on a CNC router. I'd tried a couple of smaller shop vacs but they all got amazingly hot during the course of a complex cut on the machine. Of course the heat was exhausted into the shop also. The first was worrisome and the second was uncomfortable. Not only does this vac only get moderately warm after a solid hour of running, the suction power with the included 2 1/2" hose is nothing short of amazing. It's expensive for a shop vac but it is hands down the best I've ever tried. Love it!
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very simple and well thought out design! You can’t beat this unit, it picks up everything in its path!
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as durable as I expected. During assembly, I noted the flimsy plastic base / wheel attachment. The rigidity leaves me thinking, for the money, I expected better quality. It is held on by 4 little screws, pinching the bottom lip on the container. (really). and the weight of the machine. The next concern was the handle fitment and strength again, weak. The accessory bag needs something, bigger , more solid mounting, deeper pocket to store the hose w/ attachment in place and not hang off machine like a loose saddle. The hose is similar to your cheaper vacuums. The connections suck. Cheap, weak clip / twist lock is really laughable.( If you are going to claim twist lock, make it a real twist lock). the length of the hose is minimal. Should be 4 ft. longer to accommodate the distance lost in height from floor as you use it, too short. I also will state that the hose connection to machine should be solid enough to last as long as the machine. You know we pull these things around with the hose, and the front wheels should be 3x the size in order to aid in rolling over its own cord. Frustrated, great power, great size, looks good, quite. Recommended with aforementioned issues.
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the only thing that surprised me is that this unit did not come with any type of bristle attachments. a unit built this well should come with more attachments including bristle wide and bristle round attachments.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good features, sturdy and lightweight Well built, and light weight. I have only used it with dry pick up. I use it to pick up landscaping debris from my deteriorating paved driveway. It picks up gravel and a small amount of dry leaves and twigs. The large wheels in the back allow moving it over uneven surfaces.
Date published: 2019-06-24
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were to buy replacement parts

I need the 2 front casters on my wd1956 Theyre worn out Thanks you.
Asked by: kbfellers
From ridigd ther under warranty
Answered by: Jerrylath
Date published: 2017-09-06

What is the suction rating? (ie, inches of water column)

Asked by: Trigger200
I don't know but it can suck paint off the walls...
Answered by: CraftsmanDirect
Date published: 2018-04-22
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