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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

2 1/2" Accessories
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
72887 VT 2501  2 1/2" Dusting Brush (VT2501)  Buy Now
72902 VT 2508  2 1/2" Extension Wand - VT2508  Buy Now
72907 VT 2509  2 1/2" Utility Nozzle - VT2509  Buy Now
72912 VT 2510  2 1/2" Wet Nozzle - VT2510  Buy Now
72922 VT 2514  2 1/2" Floor Brush - VT2514  Buy Now
72937 VT 2503  2 1/2" Blower/Car Nozzle (VT2503)  Buy Now
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
24608 VT 2570  4X Pro Hose Replacement (VT2570)  Buy Now
31743 VT 1755  3 Piece Adapter Kit   Buy Now
32703 VT 2575  Heavy Duty Cleaning Kit: 12 Piece Kit w/Stainless Steel Extension Wands (VT2575)  9.80  4.40  Buy Now
41598 VT 2561  Filter Nut/Drain Cap Combo (VT2561)  Buy Now
41603 VT 2571  Turbo "Beater Bar" Kit (VT2571)  Buy Now
72897 VT 2520  2 1/2" x 7' Universal Vac Hose (VT2520)  Buy Now
16 Gallon Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vac With Cart is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 107.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great lil vacum bought three of these, one for each of my homes, they are a strong shop vac that just amazes me on how much it can suck up.
Date published: 2019-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Vaccum ever This is by far the best vaccum. I've bought two of them, they're amazing
Date published: 2019-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I received the wrong parts to assemble the base roll around unit so unless you want to carry it around it’s an anchor It seems like a good unit. I wish it would have been shipped with the proper parts
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Vac This vac has suction that don't quick. Its big though but rolls good and love the large rear wheels, makes rolling even easier. The accessory bag is a great idea. I do use the muffler/defuser so if you want to lower the handle for storage you might want to remove it first, just put it in the accessory bag. If there was one thing to complain about its the storing of the hose. That's no big deal to me. I have had other metal vacs so time will tell if it will rust. Even if it dose it will probable last longer then I will live. The costumer service was great. The wheel caps were missing, called costumer service and there sending new ones. Took 10 min to do that. Costumer service is everything to me. Remember, this is a big vac but you won't regret its performance.
Date published: 2019-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wet/Dry vac with Hepa filters Pros: Good suction Easy to install Hepa bags/filters. Seems well built. It's not too loud Cons: No diffuser. With the exhaust blowing in the same direction as the intake hose, the exhaust blows the fine-particle debris away before you can vacuum it up. I added a home-made diffuser to redirect the air. For the price of this product, a diffuser should be included. No floor brush included. Seriously? The intake hose is very stiff unlike some prior Ridgid models. I will be looking for an aftermarket replacement
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Vac for the money Ridgid makes excellent vacuums. I own several and have always been very happy with them. The 16 Gal. Stainless is my favorite of the bunch. Lots of suction power. Rolls around nicely. If you use filter bags the smooth stainless drum makes it easy to remove when full. The plastic drums have a lip that can make it tricky to remove without tearing the bag. The stainless drum also cleans easier. For the money you can't go wrong.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but a wee bit short sighted We purchased this "Commercial Grade" vacuum for use in our shop. I was disappointed at the grade of steel in the canister. I expected a thicker metal and this will surely be easily dented with time and use. Along with it we purchased one additional hose for use up to 20' away from the canister. However the second hose is just that, a replacement. There is no way to couple the two hoses together to attain 20'. Also, the unit came with several attachments, but NO BRUSH attachment.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does an excellent job of vacuuming water. It was very easy to set up from box to first use. Was very easy to drain after fill up.
Date published: 2019-01-30
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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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