Model WD1851

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

Ordering Information

 
Catalog Number Model No. Description Weight
lb. kg
31693 WD1851  16 Gallon Contractor Wet/Dry Vac  32.8  14.90  Buy Now
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Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 84 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 Some shortsited aspects of design While this vacuum is a good sturdy design, there are some problems with it that need to be corrected. There is a place in the base where your suppose to store the hose. That's fine, but where do you store the 2 extensions for the hose if not in these places? This over site is really irritating considering the level of thought and execution that went into the other attachments storage. Also, as delivered, there is no dust collection bag for catching dust in the body of the vacuum. There is a filter. but no bag. The dust is allowed to collect in the canister, A bag is easier to clean. Luckily a Shop-Vac's 16 gallon bag will fit and work. This is minor but for the cost of this vacuum, worth mentioning. March 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great machine replacing a ShopVac. Lifetime warranty is a plus. Vac met my specs immediately on opening box. Well constructed. The only negative was no pistol grip attachment for ease of handling the house. The wife even likes it. March 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product I am well pleased with this vacuum. It is much quieter than may old shop vac and has much more suction, It rolls very easily and is overall a great vacuum, March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Glad I chose this unit Granted, I have only been using this vacuum for a short time, but thus far, I am very happy. I needed a larger vacuum for wood working in my shop. The one thing that I labored over was how loud portable vacuum can be. This unit is truly quiet compared to many I have had. Yes, it makes noise but, it is literally half as noisy as my older ShopVac (2HP) unit. It was advertised as being quieter and it truly is. I bought it at my local Home Depot and noticed that on the posted data card for each available unit, this one rated a 4 on a decibel scale of 1 to 10. This time, a retailer's claim was accurate. I recommend this unit based on my personal experience with it and how it met my needs. Your needs may or may not be the same as mine. March 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good product Replaced an old Craftsman vac. This one has about the same suction as the old, but is much quieter. We will see how it holds up. March 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great, Great This Ridgid has great power. I replaced this with another brand , and I'm happy The Home Depot had it on sale. I'm a retired person, so I don't used it much. But it Great February 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of suction!! Great product...easy to use. Lots of power. ALOHA! February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Looked at many and chose Ridgid I looked at many different shop vacs in this price range and this was by far the best for the money, in my opinion. I use it in my woodworking shop and I am very happy with it. I replaced the filter that came with it with a disposable filter bag style filter and it works great. February 12, 2015
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Thank you for your interest in RIDGID!

The water lift of WD1851 is 47 inches while the suction power is 199 CFM.

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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CFM 203
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203 cfm
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200+ CFM and it will move 1 gallon of water a minute, this I have done myself
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1/203
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20 pounds, maybe more. CFM 160
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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.
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According to our Product Manager, You need to first think of CFM and Inches of water lift in inches as two different and inversely related measurements. To maximize CFM, you need a wide open path with as little resistance as possible to move as much air as possible. To maximize inches of lift (or better recognize or measure) that flow of air needs to be restricted, or blocked. So to assume that our machines generate 203 CFM and 49 inches of lift at the same time is a miss-conception. The calculation you completed was “at 306 air watts and 203 CFM, what are the inches of lift being produced”… and the answer is 12.8. Essentially, you’ve identified the inches of lift at the rated max CFM and Air Watts. For example, if you solved for CFM at max inches (say 49) you get a really small CFM number, somewhere below .2 CFM. This is because at max inches (the hose is blocked) and there is “no” air moving through the hose.

We hope this helps. Have a good week ahead!

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Thank you, RIDGID! That really helped me understand how the pressure and CFM are related, and the calculation result of 12.8 inches makes sense now. I didn't realize the airwatts equation was NOT referring to "sealed" inches of water. Now I see why using sealed inches for calculating airwatts wouldn't make any sense.

You mentioned 49 inches a couple times. Is that the sealed lift this vacuum is rated for? If not, would you please share the max water lift rating?

Thank you again.
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You are right it would lift water more like 10 ft.
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