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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

Ordering Information
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
WD1956 WD19560- VAC  16 Gallon Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vac with Cart 
2 1/2" Accessories
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
72887 VT 2501  2 1/2" Dusting Brush (VT2501) 
72902 VT 2508  2 1/2" Extension Wand - VT2508 
72907 VT 2509  2 1/2" Utility Nozzle - VT2509 
72912 VT 2510  2 1/2" Wet Nozzle - VT2510 
72922 VT 2514  2 1/2" Floor Brush - VT2514 
72937 VT 2503  2 1/2" Blower/Car Nozzle (VT2503) 
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
24608 VT 2570  4X Pro Hose Replacement (VT2570) 
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) 
72897 VT 2520  2 1/2" x 7' Universal Vac Hose (VT2520) 
Filters and Dustbags
Catalog Number Description Weight
lb. kg
VF3502 Replacement Filter Bag (2) 
VF4000 Qwik-Lock™ Pleated Paper Filter 
VF5000 Qwik-Lock™ Fine Dust Filter 
VF6000 Filter Assembly 8.23 Hepa Green 
VF7000 Filter Assembly 8.23" - RIDGID 
16 Gallon Stainless Steel Wet/Dry Vac With Cart is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 104.
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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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great suction Really happy I bought this one for what the others of equal value had to offer. Really strong power. Recommend getting the muffler for it also. Looking forward to having this for years to come.
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features Great product and it easy to use and it helps to clean easy
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement for old Craftsman My old Craftsman was 40+ years old. I knew it had to be replaced but I could not find another with the suction of the old unit. I tried DeWalt, Kubota, Shop Vac and Bissell wall mount. None could match the old sucker. Found the 16 gallon Ridgid at Home Depot and was pleasantly surprised that the suction was as good or better than the old unit. It has everything I want, 2 ½" hose, great roller cage, good storage for accessories, and easy on/off switch. Bonus is the sound level. It is really a lot quieter that the others, all of them. Can't wait to get a couple of years on this one and see how it hold up. I use vacuums in wood working, metal work, tile setting and most construction activities. A bit more expensive than the others but I feel that it is worth it. Time will tell. I feel it is a good buy and recommend it.
Date published: 2018-12-08
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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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