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16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac With Cart


16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac With Cart


This RIDGID 16 gallon high performance wet dry vacuum 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 diameter, fixed rear wheels. Add a top handle with a cord wrap, heavy duty 2-piece drum construction, an accessory storage bag attached to a quick release handle plus patented Scroll Noise Reduction for quiet operation and you’ve got a wet dry vac that meets the demands of a Pro.

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  • 6.5 Peak HP Motor – Powerful suction picks up about 1 gallon of water per second
  • 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
  • 2-Piece Drum Provides improved, more rugged construction to meet the higher demands found on the job site
  • 3-layer Fine Dust Filter captures fine dust particles such as dry wall dust
  • 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 ft.
Accessory Size 2-1/2" Locking
Net Weight 28.2 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 HP 6.5
Air Volume (CFM)  172
Amps 12.0
Voltage 120

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Ordering Information

Ordering Information
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
WD1851EX WD12701  12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac 
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 Wet/Dry Vac With Cart is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 493.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from To Decimate European Hornets Nest This was a gift from my nephew who is in the military and now deployed. The 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac With Cart came w/o Axel for wheels, and 2 nozzles, assume lost in transit from central Kansas. GO ARMY! This was to help me Decimate a European Hornets nest in my attic that had over 300 residents. It worked flawlessly after setting it up on a brick pad. I've now found several new uses for this invaluable tool. I'm very pleased and would recommend this to any serious clean up person. I love the16 gallon capacity and the ease of filter replacement!!!
Date published: 2019-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great machine, easy to use I love Ridgid Products, I own many of them, and they also have a great warranty program. Keep it up Ridgid Team
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good The Ridgid 16 Gallon wet vac has plenty of power and several good attachments and the rollers are very helpful. I haven't had the need to use it much but I like it.
Date published: 2019-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The wheel attachment is a very poor design. The wheels fall off when you pick the unit up. It was the same poor design on my last ridgid shop vac. Dont buy it. Get a better brand with better engineering
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performance Great suction, easy to assemble. The only problem is if you use on soft soil the bottom of the wheel supports digs into the ground. It needs to be tapered or larger wheels.
Date published: 2019-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed. Really great shop vac. Does exactly what I wanted it for and more. The large wheels in the back and the handle make it really easy to move around. The muffler reduces the dB level which is great. The other aspect I really like is that Ridgid stands behind its products and since I am hoping to be semi-retired in a few years, I am looking forward to purchasing additional Ridgid tools for my workshop. I am confident I will get years of trouble-free performance from any Ridgid product.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product with minor issues This is a very good product but does have some minor issues. After opening the box and assembling the vacuum I noticed one of the back wheel caps was missing and one of the front caster wheels did not stay in place. I did not worry so much about the rear wheel cap missing but the front caster falling out is kind of anoying. If I lean the vacuum back at all to take it up stairs of to move it around the front wheel falls out. Other than that it is a great product and I would recommend to anyone in any shop. Hopefully I can get a part for the wheel and fix the issue.
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great shop vacuum Built to last. Durability, the option to use multiple tools and accessories makes this vac the top of the line . Constant suction plenty of room for big debris through the 2 inch hose ! Great product for any job big or small
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Jury still out I’ve only owned it less than a week, yet they want me to review it. So here’s what I know The unit came missing parts, their parts website doesn’t even recognize this model exists. Their customer service amounts to insulting the customer for asking for the parts and I’ve yet to get those parts, so it’s possible i still will need to call customer service to get insulted again One last note. The muffler does NOT store on the caster as shown in the illustrations and instructions. It will loosely sit there until you move the unit and then it falls to the ground. The lady with an attitude at customer service promised a call but it never came. Fortunately I had purchased an extension hose with some adapters and one of them works to keep that part in place properly That part should have come in the box.
Date published: 2019-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for the money Good shop vacuum for the money, Well put together. Easy to use.
Date published: 2019-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you need in a vacuum This wet/dry vac is very powerful, not too loud, and come with tons of extras. I also purchased the auto detailing kit which was the perfect addition to this machine. It is very large to store but definitely worth it!!
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best features in this product are the rear wheeles and dolly handle Great dolly style to pull it up stairs full of water and not have to worry about large spills
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They got this one right I have used shop vacs for 50 years, and the Ridgid design is one that gets it right. As a wood shop teacher, I have seen a lot of models come and go under hard use. For the price, the Ridgid vac has the features, quality and power that vacuums costing double or triple the cost do not match. It is very powerful, well made and designed, and easy to use, clean and adapt to multiple use needs. You won't go wrong with this one!
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good features low power. Has many nice tools that work very well but this Vac does not have the power promised. I have several other vacs that say they have the same power as the Ridgid and they out perform the Ridgid for power. I purchased the Ridgid as they have some outstanding claims. I have used other Ridgid products such as battery operated drills and drivers and they are great. Vacs just not be their specialty.
Date published: 2019-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very quiet and powerful The power of this vacuum is perfect for my shop. I attach it to any cutting tool I'm working with. The powerful suction and attachments are great for cleaning all areas of my shop. For the size and power it is very quiet. The mobility of the cart is a great feature.
Date published: 2019-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from absolutely no where to store your attachments great vacuum, great power.. very durable... but there is absolutely nowhere to store your attachments... get the new NXT version. this one will have you looking for your attachments. you pay $160 for a vacuum and cant store your attachments... pitiful. im returning this one and getting a NXT model
Date published: 2019-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! This product works great, I use it in my shop to keep it keen and it completes the task easily. At a great price!
Date published: 2019-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service This vacuum will do any job or task without any problems! There customer service is is great.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong suction. Very quiet. This vacuum has very strong suction and is very quiet. The only real downside is the short, stiff flex hose which makes the machine hard to use.
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best Wet/Dry Vac ever so far great vac, worth the money but too bad my filter came defective and the store didn't believe when I showed them..:( so I end up paying for a new filter. Great job guys!! best Wet/Dry Vac I ever bought
Date published: 2018-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I love it. It does a stream powerful work. It clean very good.
Date published: 2018-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product We vacuum 6-8 vehicles a day and this thing is a beast!! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful! This thing is powerful! I rated the durability based on the old Ridgid I have, 15 years and still running strong!
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sucks perfectly I love this wet dry vac! It's nice and big, so it gets the job done! I have destroyed smaller, more flimsy ones in the past, so this is perfect for me. I can't say one bad thing about it!
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a great vacuum. This vacuum is packed with power, moves along easily in my garage and driveway due to its large rear wheels and front casters. I'm very please with this product.
Date published: 2018-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Well-Built Unit for the Price! The assembly was easy and the quality of this Ridgid is easily noticeable in the product. The vac is very powerful and yet not absurdly loud as one might expect. The noise is a lot lower pitched than my old shrieking vac! This vac is great and comes with a nice filter to top things off!
Date published: 2018-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unstoppable suction power! This unit does absolutely everything I need it to. The vacuum comes with everything I need to get the job done.
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Vacuum I previously owned a shop vac which I had for 20 years. My wife and kids complained about how noisy my old vac was and so when I found this vacuum on sale I decided to give it a try. I'm delighted to say I no longer need to wear ear protection
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Vac compared to others I’ve owned. Bought a few weeks ago and find it to be a nice working vacuum. Moves around easily,has excellent suction and appears to be rugged. The only criticism I have is that the accessories don’t push on and lock as easily as they should onto the hose.
Date published: 2018-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from durable! We are gutting our bathroom down to the bones, and this shop vac has been AMAZING. its sucked up so much debris, big chunks, little chunks and insulation without any issues. I have the one with the cart, so its a little bulky to drag around, but otherwise this is one of my favorite things to use!! One of the best purchases for my new house by far!
Date published: 2018-12-10
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Why am I losing suction on my 16 gallon wet/dry vac?

After running for a short period, I lose all suction and no air is blowing out the exhaust. I've cleaned the filter thoroughly and removed all debris inside the vacuum. I also make sure the rubber gasket on the filter is secure around the base of the filter cage. It sounds like the float goes up right before the suction is lost and then drops when the vacuum is turned off. Any suggestions?
Asked by: LarryA
The vac has to remain upright. Check your filter, is it clean or packed with dirt or wet? If so replace it. Also if you are vacuuming liquid, you have to use the correct filter for that. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Litljohn
Date published: 2018-11-26
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