Model 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.

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

  
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
40108 WD1680  16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac w/Detachable Blower  29  13.10 
40128 WD1680EX  16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac w/Detachable Blower (30V)  29  13.10 
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Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 159 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This vac performs Great, good power,ease of operation The 16 gal. wet-dry vac has good sucksion, easy to change filter, easy to operate the functions, container is big enough to vac and hold lots of dirt and water before having to dump out. easy to move from place to place with caster wheels and the flexible hose is just right. I have been a big fan of Ridgid products for years and this vac is a Great product, I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks for reading my quick reviw, Lee Roy January 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Haven't owned this too long yet but it is powerful, and quieter than my last two. Great vac. Good accessories except it needs a small brush attachment. January 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Looking at the shop vac when pulled out of the box and ready to go resembles a well dressed person. The shop vac is great. It reaches into corners and under cabinets with ease. Five stars, no problem reaching cobwebs and sucking up nasty spiders. Look out June bugs u don't stand a chance this summer. Even though it is round it fits into a closet with ease. Grandkids love to sweep, perfect way to get them to do chores. I love the warranty that is offered. Thank you January 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Holds all the attachments properly Great product, this is my second one, for a additional home January 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A SUPER VAC!! This vacuum is perfect. Very powerful yet it is surprisingly quiet. I expected to need ear muffs, but not necessary. The large diameter suction hose is a great feature. Hooked up directly to my table saw for neat sawdust pick-up. A complete compliment of attachments is included that all mount around the rim of the tub. Also, with the detachable motor/blower, you get a "free", powerful leaf blower. You could not want for more, all less than $100, amazing! January 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product, easy to use, powerful Of all the shop type vacs I've purchased over the years, this is by far the best ... I've been using the vac and the blower without a problem and recommend it for everyone needing a powerful vac at a reasonable price ... The lifetime warranty is certainly a welcome extra as well. January 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT PERFORMANCE Used this wet dry vac to assist in resurfacing and cleaning a concrete floor for staining and sealing. It had excellent vacuum suction to ensure that all the debris that on the floor was removed. The floor was virtually dry after the vacuum was used to vacuum up the mop water. This resulted in a very clean floor and the staining and sealing turned out great. December 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Does what I need it to do. Got this on another awesome black friday deal a few years back. It has worked flawlessly. My only complaint is that the accessories tend to fall off the holders when moving around or wrapping the hose or cord. December 5, 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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