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Features

  • 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

Specifications

Drum Size 16 Gallons (US)
Cord Length 20’
U.L. Listed Yes
Replacement Filters VF3502, VF5000, VF6000, VF7000
Accessory Size 2-1/2"
Shipping Weight 32.8 lbs.
Net Weight 28.2 lbs.

Motor

Peak HP 6.5
Air Watts 306
Voltage 120
CFM 203
Amps 12.0
16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac With Cart is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 285.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great with great features I recently purchase this wet vac after owning a smaller Ridgid wet vac. After draining the pool, this vac made cleaning my pool a breeze. I gave ease of use 4 stars because the you can not connect a water hose to the drain outlet, otherwise I would have rated it a 5 star.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well thought out. I sold my old "shop vac" at a garage sale and used the money to buy this one. I was tired of leaning over and/or pulling the vacuum around all the time. The cart function on this model is excellent. The front wheel casters with the big back tires and cart handle make this a very easy to maneuver vacuum. I've used it as a dry vac and blower so far. The dry vac worked great and it has loads of power. As a blower its ok... good enough to get the odd job done, but I wouldn't count on it as my main blower. The attachments are great as well. Overall I would recommend this one.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the cart Way to go Ridgid this vacuum sucks in a good way. This was a warranty replacement for an old vacuum I've had for many years and they replaced it under the lifetime guarantee. Thanks I'm very pleased.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from After having for just a short time, seems great. For having for just a short time, seems great. Very quiet and powerful beyond the noise level.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Light weight vac I received this vac due to an older one that puked out. Excellent warranty service from this company. The new replacement was very light weight. I wouldn't drag the vac on a rough surface because the bottom casters are real cheap.. has the ability to pick up the unit with a handle and also remove the handle if working in tight places...I guess that's the reason for the light weight unit overall.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong vacuum and quiet compared to competition. Basement flooded and this was on duty working 24/7 sucking water for a week straight out of the crack in my basement floor. Until it burned up because the help let it fill up an continue to run as they watched a movie. Bought another to replace it because it was quieter than the other one. Now I bought one for myself. Great vac.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Shop Vac! By far the best shop Vac I have ever owned. Very quiet!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to move, good suction, low dust This vac is great, picks up well and contains the dust well. The cart allows for easy movement and storage of accessories. Using for heavy clean-up after drywall and insulation demo. Well worth the extra cost for this larger vac with all its features. Note: when we unpacked the box, found the front casters bent and unusable. Contacted RIDGID via email, and they were replaced quickly. Good customer support.
Date published: 2017-05-23
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what is the max lift and CFM of this vac

Asked by: RickG
20 pounds, maybe more. CFM 160
Answered by: papabob3247
Date published: 2015-04-25

I have the WD16650 model and want to know if a filter bag is made for it?

Asked by: Bakodude
Yes the make filter bags for the wd166
Answered by: Colt
Date published: 2017-02-05

Pressure

If a airwatts are 0.117354 * (CFM) * (inches water), then do I calculate correctly that this model no. WD1851 will lift water 12.8 inches high? 306 watts * (1/0.117354) * (1/203 CFM) = 12.8 inches of water I feel like that number is way too low - I'm sure your product lifts water more than 1 foot high! I may have the calculation wrong or the pressure may be specified another way. What do the units of "G/h" mean? Besides, it seems like an odd coincidence that this is almost exactly the inches for model WD4070 when the WD4070 is rated 5.0 peak HP and the model on this page is rated 6.5 peak HP. Thank you for the help.
Asked by: Jacob
You are right it would lift water more like 10 ft.
Answered by: Gasman1
Date published: 2015-04-11

I registered my vac and I was wondering if that means it is now under warranty? Or do I have to call the number to do that?

Asked by: Crystal
Hi Crystal, RIDGID Wet/Dry Vacs come with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing and material defects from the date of purchase. There's is no need to call to activate the warranty. 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: RIDGIDvacs
Date published: 2016-12-12

Where is this manufactured and is possible to attach 2 hoses together to extend the range

Asked by: TamE
Dear TamE, Our 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac With Cart (WD1856) is manufactured in Reynosa, Mexico. You can definitely connect 2 hoses together for longer reach. You may purchase another hose (VT2520) and a hose-to-hose connector (included with the VT1755) to join the two 2 1/2" hoses. I hope this meets your needs. Have a wonderful day. 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: RIDGIDvacs
Date published: 2017-06-14
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