Model WD1270

This newly designed RIDGID® 12 Gallon High Performance Wet/Dry Vac is designed for Pro’s and DIY’ers who want a traditionally styled, medium sized vac that delivers the powerful performance and rugged durability required for job site clean-up. Its 5.0 peak HP motor delivers the suction power necessary to handle tough clean-up chores. This vacuum’s 12 gallon drum size results in a more compact design that requires less storage space on a service truck, in the shop, or in the garage. However, it still offers the capacity to handle large messes.

Features

  • 5.0 Peak HP Motor provides the powerful suction needed for efficient clean up of tough messes
  • 12 Gallon drum provides capacity for clean-up of large spills & messes at job-sites and busy shops
  • With the vacuum inlet in the drum, this vac will accept dust collection bags making dry cleanup even easier
  • 4 Swivel Casters provide easy 360° mobility
  • Accessory storage space built into the caster feet and hose storage on the lid allows quick access to all the provided attachments
  • Medium size of vac requires a smaller storage space to store or transport this vac
  • Scroll Noise Reduction® is a patented feature that provides quiet operation by precisely controlling the flow of air through the vac
  • 1-Layer Standard pleated paper filter captures common everyday dirt
  • Dual-Flex® Locking Hose resists collapsing and adds 180˚ flexibility at both hose ends. Hose locks onto vac for uninterrupted cleaning
  • Long 15’ Power Cord allows quick cleaning over a large area
  • Powerful exhaust airstream can be directed through the vac hose to blow debris from garages, decks, and sidewalks
  • Large Built-In Drain located to lowest point of drum for emptying of water

Specifications

Drum Size 12 Gallons (US)
Peak HP 5.0
Air Watts 227
Voltage 120
CFM 176
Amps 10.0
Cord Length 15’
U.L. Listed Yes
Replacement Filters VF4000, VF5000, VF6000, VF3502, VF7000
Accessory Size 2 1/2"
Net Weight 16.5 lbs.

Ordering Information

 
Catalog Number Model No. Description Air Watts  (G/h) Weight
lb. kg
40103 WD1270  12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac  227  22.5  10.2  Buy Now
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 142 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 Very satisfied Great suction, easy to use, not to loud. This is my second vac like this. Passed my first one on to my kids. March 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rigid products and customer service is 5-Star! I recently decided to purchase shop vac from Rigid at my local Home Depot, not that I had the space for it but because I needed something powerful that could also pick up the water from a concrete staining project. Rather than get a smaller unit I decided to go up a step with a 12 gallon. It did the job extremely well and I have fallen in love with it. I didn't have the wheels at first but after contacting customer service the emails were quickly shipped out and on my unit. Vacuuming is the most expected use for this unit but I found it so much more useful for other activities such as connecting the hose to the blowing port and dusting all the cobwebs off my ceilings and freeing loose dog hair in crevices (like my car) which can be easily picked up later with the vac. Love it love it love! March 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Powerful I needed this for drywall dust removal in a shop I was renovating. I used the dust bags it came with & had NO issues with dust escaping from the vacuum. Works as advertised with plenty of suction. It is loud, though. But with power you get loud. Longevity? We'll see. March 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by this product has many great uses I picked ridged over the rest because of there craftsmanship and quality of their products. I am how ever a little disappointed that I did not receive everything that was supposed to come with it. I would have gone back to Home Depot and exchanged it for a different one. the travel distance and time constraints I could not. Will have to buy the missing piece at another time. March 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This Vac can be used for many different chores around the house, very useful I am impressed with the product, but even more so with the Customer Support department (representative: Seph). My Vac broke down after 1 1/2 year of use, and I was shipped a brand new Vac after emailing pictures of the old one with problem area. I was definitely impressed! New Vac arrived within 2 weeks of my reporting the issue. Great job and I will definitely continue to buy products under this brand because of this service. March 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by quiet yet powerful This wet/dry vac is really quiet compared to my smaller shop-vac. For a smaller unit it is really powerful and the larger hoses are awesome. I found that Home Depot had the very best price for this awesome machine. And Ridgid has one of the best warranty programs in the business. March 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by good product good quality products ,good for the price and enjoy the ease of use March 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is a great value Excellent quality and easy to operate. This machine is awesome. March 12, 2015
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I lost my booklet and would like to pick up the last bit of water in the bottom of my hot tub after draining? My vac is not the new version.
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

If you are picking up clean water, the pleated paper filter should be removed.

When picking up small amounts of liquid the paper filter may be left in place. Please note that when the filter becomes saturated, misting may occur at the blower port. To further protect the motor of the vac, there is a wet filter (VF7000 part number) available. This filter can only be used for 5 gallon and larger vacs. The VF7000 filter is available at any local Home Depot store or it can be purchase through our Customer Service organization over the phone 1-800-4-RIDGID (1-800-474-3443) or on-line at www.ridgidparts.com.

Additionally, when picking up large volume of liquids, the liquid in the drum may reach a predetermined level and the float mechanism will rise automatically to cut off airflow. This occurs to avoid liquids from entering the power head. When this happens, turn off the vac, unplug the power cord, and empty the drum. For this reason, it is important NOT to leave the vac running unattended during operation.

Before storage, the filter must be dried to avoid possible mildew and damage to the filter. We recommend that you clean or wash the filter then let it air dry overnight. Please check the filter for holes or tears after each cleaning. The filter might need to be replaced if it has any damage.

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You have to remove the filter bag (if you have one installed ) and also repave the standard paper cone filter with the sponge filter before you vacuum up water
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Take out the dry filter and you are ready to go.
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Just make sure you have removed the filter inside and suck up the water!!

These are easy vacuums to use!! :o)
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I've been trying to find the proper vacuum bag and how to attach/install it into this vacuum that I've had for years. Anybody have a solution? I'm heading to the HD this afternoon to see what they say.
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Thank you for contacting RIDGID® Customer Support.

We are happy to inform you that your WD1270 is capable of carrying a filter bag. Please use the VF3502 filter bag.

We hope this information helps. 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]

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HD has the generic 9 to 15 gallon vac bags that are a bit too long but work anyway. These are the ones I use.
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In the previous question about bags for this model, the answer give was to use the VF3502 filter bags. However, the instructions for installing the bag on the 2 rib inlet tube don't match the anatomy of the WD1270, which has an inlet tube that is molded into the body at the bottom so the cardboard collar cannot be attached.
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You will need to punch a hole on the cardboard before sliding it over the inlet tube inside the drum.

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]

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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

The gap between the lid (top) and the drum (bottom) will create a tight vacuum seal during operation. We do not have a rubber gasket available but you can use a weather stripping if you like a tight fit during non-operation.

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]

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