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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

Ordering Information

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Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
40128 WD1680EX  16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac w/Detachable Blower (230V)  29  13.10 
  • 72947 - Everyday Dirt 1-Layer Pleated Paper Filter (VF4000)
  • 72937 - 2 1/2" Blower/Car Nozzle (VT2503)
  • 72902 - 2 1/2" Extension Wands - VT2508
  • 72907 - 2 1/2" Utility Nozzle - VT2509
  • 72912 - 2 1/2" Wet Nozzle - VT2510
  • 72897 - 2 1/2" x 7' Universal Vac Hose (VT2520)
WD1680EX WD1680EX  VAC, WD1680EX  29  13.10 
16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable Blower is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 314.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, versatile Ridgid quality product So far I used it as a dry jobsite vacuum. It is solid, powerful vacuum that even sucks rock pieces if they fit thru the hose. It can certainly take a beating as any pro tool should. Long power cable is helpful at jobsite. The detachable motor is a good idea to use it as leaf blower but I have not tested that function yet. I recommend it highly.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Very powerful vacuum with great attachments. It has a major problem though. There are no handles to lift the unit if needed to put it in a car or take it to the second floor. Just imagine doing that when the unit is wet and dirty. I strongly suggest adding a second handle right across the one used for the blower. See the pictures attached. A new small handle where the label is makes it a perfect unit. If you do that, I appreciate sending me a replacement blower part with the handle.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A workhorse! The perfect wet/dry vac with a blower as a complete bonus! I would have been extremely happy if this was just a vac as the power and attachments make it incredibly versatile and useful. The blower is a perfect add-on which makes it well worth the money (and more!)
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HARD TO RATE This is hard to rate. The product when purchased was excellent and we liked it very much, that deserves a five. After only 15 months, it failed (burned out motor?), and that deserves a 1; but company was very good about replacing it at no cost including no shipping charges and that probably deserves a five. So overall, depending on how long the second one lasts, I would rate a four and recommend it to others.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power nd features! For the price can’t beat the power of the vacuum. I am very happy so far.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent vac, lots of power and nice long hose, however the hose storage could be a little better, it competes with the cord for room Excellent vac, very powerful lots of accessories, solid product, could use a little redesign on hose storage, it competes with cord for space.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This sucks! Why do you buy a shop-vac... to suck things up! I purchased and returned a Shop-Vac product after a week of consisting use. I just didn't suck. I went online, looked up Rigid (specifically) and found one that a) looked like it suck... and b) had great reviews. I have been very impressed with this product. I use it to clean up the (dry) mess I make in my garage. During the winter we typically get a bit of water pooling in our garage - I look forward to sucking that up too. Thanks. Great vacuum.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have tool. Great for garage and closing in-ground pool. Anxious to try the leaf blower.
Date published: 2017-09-24
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starter ... on/off ... switch is not operating properly

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.
Asked by: glb225
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?
Answered by: ccno1
Date published: 2017-09-06

I HAVE CHANGED THE FILTER, CHECKED THE HOSE FOR DEBRIS, AND THE HOSE INTAKE PORT. MY VACUUM IS STILL WORKING AT ABOUT %50.

I have only had my unit for about a month and used it very little.
Asked by: Soccerman418
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]ridgidvacs.com. Regards, RIDGID
Answered by: RIDGIDtools
Date published: 2017-09-06

can i use my 16 G, blower vac too for blow in fiber insulation?

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.
Asked by: darool
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.
Answered by: MC24
Date published: 2017-09-06

Can you buy the blower attachment by itself.

Asked by: Wonderbread
Thank you for contacting RIDGID. Yes. You may purchase the parts and accessories separately. For a list of available parts and order online, you may visit: http://ridgidparts.com/cgi-bin/etcTable?showTable=1&table=WD16800-Figure1&image=Vac. You may also place an order over the phone through our customer service organization by calling 1-800-4-RIDGID (1-800-474-3443). If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to call us at the number above or you may send your email to [email protected] Regards, RIDGID
Answered by: RIDGIDvacs
Date published: 2017-09-06

How do I hook an attachment to the blower?

My blower has, what looks like a vent, where the attachment should go. I cant seem to remove the vent part.
Asked by: Kathy
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!
Answered by: ccno1
Date published: 2017-09-06
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