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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
16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac with Detachable Blower is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 237.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vac for my woodworking shop I have this vac hooked up to my dust collection system in my woodworking shop at home and it works great. It's very powerful and pulls the dust away from the saws and planers really well. I haven't tried a wet application yet so can't speak to that. I like the detachable blower feature too. It come off the canister very easily with just one snap release and it has good wind speed. Great for blowing out the shop. The only negative about the blower is it's only single speed. No way to cut down the power to lessen the wind speed. It would be nice if it did have this capability. The lifetime warranty of Ridgid products is a great attract-er for me. I have several Ridgid tools and have, on rare occasion, used a local authorized service center for warranty work and been very satisfied. However, there are no service centers in the US for vacs...entire unit needs to be shipped back to Ohio. Not sure how that will work. Hoping, if it becomes necessary, just the detachable motor can be sent. Ridgid tools are very robust so I don't expect a need for this anytime soon. Overall a really great vac.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This thing is a work horse! I have yet to have a job too big. The vac blower combo is great for around the house and is invaluable for a larger yard. Great product!!!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable Product Well made product, reliable. Easy to use and setup.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Vac Works Great. Lifetime warranty is the main reason I bought it.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for picking-up acorns in the yard! Certain years in Florida falling acorns are a much heavier problem to contend with and this vacuum does an absolutely excellent job in getting acorns out of the grass and even picks up acorns that have started to imbed themselves into the ground!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight but solid. The vacuum is light in weight but sold. Rolls around easily, even across cords and mats. Very strong suction and the hose connections are well fit to maintain the power. The only reason I have just a "good" for "Ease of use" is the on/off switch requires a strong finger and thumb push which is pretty awkward for aging fingers. I've read other reviews that touted the quiet noise level but the only time I was impressed by the quietness was when I detached and used the blower. It has to be the quietest blower I've ever heard.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rigid vac Great vac, replaced an old shopvac. Wood definitely recommend it. You won't go wrong, has alot of power..
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best wet/dry/blower on the market! It is so easy to move around. The tools that come with it are great. The power is awesome. Will certainly get the job done.
Date published: 2017-01-19
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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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