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12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac


12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac


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.

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  • 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


Drum Size 12 Gallons (US)
Peak HP 5.0
Air Watts 227
Voltage 120
CFM 145
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 Description Air Watts  (G/h) Weight
lb. kg
WD1270EX VAC, WD1270EX  227  22.5  10.2  Buy Now
12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 570.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Great product. Very powerful. Convenient size. Best.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rigid 12 Gallong Vac The unit is designed well, and performs well. I like having both the "suction" feature, as well as a "blower" function. Good value.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product providesmany yearsof service. This is my second vacuum and the first one give me more than 8 years of service. I recommend this product to everyone.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I highly recommend Ridgid products I prefer the Ridgid products over other top brands. They are well built, work very well and look great. I have several Ridgid tools and have been very satisfied with their performance.
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shop vac for your money Awesome shop vac, stupid easy to assemble, availability of quality useful attachments is incredible. I should have bought this shop vac years ago. Also, it’s backef by rigid’s Lifetime warranty so it’s an incredible deal.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, Durable & Built Well I had another brand that lasted 22 years, the motor finally died and parts have become obsolete. I wanted to buy another one of those vacs so I checked out the same other brand & found the quality has become poor, being cheaply made. Plus the lid has a very sloppy fit with 2 cheap clips to hold it on. Got this 12 Gallon RIGID Vac.& am very happy with it , it has a great amount of power, strongly built, rolls freely, it is low profile & fits easy under a bench .
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Everything I need in a wet vac. My only complaint, which I have already fixed is that the exhaust is on the same side as the suction inlet. This makes it more difficult in an enclosed space since you are working against the exhaust which tends to blow dust and hair while you are trying to vacuum. see attached pic
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement for 15+ Year Old Rigid ShopVac Saying this vacuum "really sucks" is actually quite a compliment. I purchased it to replace a 15+ year old model with a broken power switch. Although my old model (also a Rigid 12-Gallon) still "sucks" as strong as ever, the stem on the power switch broke off right at the base and the only way to turn it on/off was to plug and unplug it, which had become a real hassle. The "new" model uses a "rocker style" switch instead of a "toggle style"... a major improvement.
Date published: 2018-02-19
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how do I use the wet vac feature on my 12 gallon hp wet/dry vac

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.
Asked by: shopdummy
Take out the bag, put on the squeegee attachment, and have at it. Empty the vac when you are done and let dry before you insert the bag back in.
Answered by: Lydia
Date published: 2018-03-02

Is there supposed to be a rubber gasket or seal between the top and bottom? Mine doesn't have one.

Asked by: chbelt
No, the vac does not come with a gasket or seal between the vacuum head unit and the catch can.
Answered by: EricW
Date published: 2017-09-06

how to switch function from blower to vacuum port

I hooked hose to vacuum port and it worked well. I turned it off I returned later, turned it on and blower port was on,.. with hose in vacuum port. Cant get it to vacuum again.
Asked by: LikeClean
it will always vacuum from the vacuum port and blow from the blower port. it's possible you clogged the hose.
Answered by: turbosix
Date published: 2017-09-06

What is the Constant Runtime rating on this unit ?

I am wanting to use this at a Dust collection for my Xcarve CNC and want to know if I can run it for 3-4 hours at a time without doing damage to the motor.
Asked by: Sigmund
It should run just fine for that that long. We use these shop vacs at my work and have run them for full 8 hour shifts.
Answered by: Superman7831
Date published: 2018-01-20

How do you install VF3502 filter bag on the WD1270 vacuum?

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.
Asked by: haphaz
I noticed a slight variance in the instructions and the actual vacuum also. But not to worry, it still attaches between the two ribs just as the instructions say.
Answered by: Marko
Date published: 2018-03-02
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