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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)
16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable Blower is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 278.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product was a great value and the additional attachments are great. When I first saw this product it wasn't available. So i clicked the notify me button and about 3 weeks later it was in stock again. The order i went with was only available online because it had additional hose attachments for vehicle cleaning. The vacuum did everything it said and preformed better than i expected. The only criticism is there isn't enough slots for all the attachments. Great product and great buy.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! The above rating is based mostly on the previous Ridgid 16 gallon wet/dry vacuum I owned. My only problem with my new vac was seating the castors into the feet. I found them impossible to seat and called Ridgid to send out a set of new feet and castors. Before they arrived I had someone stronger than me seat them, although with considerable difficulty Therefore, the castors and feet that were sent out are being returned. Sorry for the inconvenience I caused you. Thank you for your customer service.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have used these products for years... Just bought this vaccuum and used it to clean out a water softner, it jad no problem sucking oit the heavy pellets. Very good suction and ease of use.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leave well enough alone. I had a 12 gal. before I bought the 16 gal. vac. The 12 had a nut at the bottom of the filter to get the filter off. That worked real well in that you didn't make alot of mess changing it. The 16 the filter pops off witch jolts the filter and knocks alot of saw dust off and dust goes everywhere. In my opinion the fastening of the filter should not have been changed. It worked fine before. Other than that it has lots of suction. I'm using a bag now and I just hope the bag doesn't pop a hole in it .According to reviews on the bags if they pop you will have a mess on your hands.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Have been using my 60 litre Ridgid wet/dry vac for a month now Bought my vac to keep garage dust down and found it's also great for picking up small crab apples our tree continually sheds. I'm glad I went with the larger 60 liter size & I'm looking forward to using the vac and blower on yard leaves this fall.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was a replacement for a 5 year old same vac This was a replacement for a 5 year old same vac. The old vac wheels would not roll any more and ridgid would not replace under warranty. The ridgid warranty isnt worth the paper it is printed on....horrible. The filter in the newvac should be better at this priccepoint.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good price, good product. When I registered the vac I chose the wrong machine. Mine does not have a detachable blower. At $49 it's well worth it. Most shopvacs in this category are grossly overpriced. The 5 amp motor has a lot of power. What I don't like is the hose. At 1 7/8" diameter it is hard to match up to other shop equipment such as a dust collector shield on a radial arm saw. The hose is overly sturdy and very stiff. Ridgid could include a few more attachments. It came with two wands and collector for use on floors, etc.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design This was purchased to replace a 20 year old Craftsman vacuum. The Ridgid has a great design. The hose is very flexible. I like the rack to hold the attachments. The blower release is easy to use, and works very well in that capacity. Overall, very pleased with it.
Date published: 2017-06-25
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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: 2015-02-21

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] Regards, RIDGID
Answered by: RIDGIDtools
Date published: 2016-02-02

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: 2016-06-30

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: 2016-07-11

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: 2015-02-21
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