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RIDGID 12 Gal. 5.0-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac


12 Gal. 5.0-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac

  • Large capacity & powerful vac great for every day messes
  • Included wet nozzle provides ideal cleaning solution for liquids
  • Features the RIDGID lifetime warranty
$79.97 /each

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Product Overview

The RIDGID 12 gallon high performance wet dry vac is designed for pro's and DIYers who want a traditionally styled, medium sized vacuum that delivers the powerful performance and rugged durability required for jobsite clean-up. Its 5.0 peak horsepower motor delivers the suction power necessary to handle tough clean-up chores. This RIDGID vac'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. Replacement filter VF4000 and replacement dust bag VF3502, both sold separately.

  • 5-peak HP motor provides powerful suction for heavy-duty cleanup
  • Compact size, side carry handles and 4 swivel casters provide for great maneuverability
  • 15 ft. cord wraps around the power head for storage
  • Built-in drain for easy emptying of liquids
  • Accessory storage space on the caster feet and hose storage on the lid allows quick access to attachments
  • Includes 2 extension wands, utility nozzle, a car nozzle, wet nozzle and VF4000 filter
  • Accepts RIDGID filter bag, VF3502
  • Full lifetime warranty against material defects and workmanship
  • Peak horsepower represents a level at or below the maximum horsepower output of an electric motor tested in a laboratory using a dynamometer
  • Gallons indicated reflect drum volume, not necessarily collection capacity; actual capacity dependent upon type of debris collected, condition of filter, and other factors
  • Wet/Dry Vac Info

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Customer Questions & Answers

What size of hose and how long is it.

What size of hose and how long is it.
Asked by: JR
The hose is a 2-1/2-Inch diameter hose. The length is not available.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2016-11-18

Does this have a "blow" function?

Asked by: Jen
Yes, it can be utilized in that function, easily.
Answered by: Rick
Date published: 2016-09-16

Do I have to use a bag for both wet and dry vacuuming? Could this be used as bag-less for either wet/dry?

Asked by: Shabi
When you vacuum anything wet remove all filters or bags, they are not necessary and will garbage if they get wet
Answered by: Tug
Date published: 2016-06-23

How do we remove the filter to wet vacuum?

Asked by: Syl50
Remove the wing nut that holds it on, slide off the plastic filter retainer and the filter will come right off. Takes less than a minute and requires no tools.
Answered by: Dick
Date published: 2016-10-08

I have a 4.25 12gal. Can I use the filters for 5.0?

Asked by: De13
A 12 gal bag is a 12 gal ba as long as the connection for the bag is on the side f bags will fit.
Answered by: bugmur
Date published: 2017-01-07

I have an older ridged shop vac. I often use it as a hand held blower. Do new models work as hand held ?

Must function as a hand held blower without vacuum chamber.
Asked by: dave
Yes, just hook the hose up to the exhaust and you have a blower.
Answered by: Dick
Date published: 2016-10-31

Will this work in the home on carpet?

I'm over 65. Bought a $300 Sears joke of a vacuum. That is a lot of money when you're on a fixed income. They do not take vacuums back once they are used. I trusted that it would be a good Sears product. The wand in itself is too heavy to basically carry around, the thing doesn't even roll on carpeting, which means I'm constantly dragging the weight of it behind me and pulling it around all the doorways. If anybody has any ideas if this Home Depot vac will work in my home, please help! It looks like the wheels might roll pretty well. At my age, you don't need to bend to the floor to get the cord out either to plug it in either. What was Sears thinking? The only good thing was the retractable cord. Thanks in advance, for any help you can give me. I appreciate it. CatinMI
Asked by: CatinMI
I suggest the smaller canister but same 5 HP. I use mine indoors all the time. Better than any of my household units
Answered by: Rich
Date published: 2016-08-11

Do I need to buy an attachment for this to fit on my A/C pipes?

I need to clear the lines myself instead of paying the A/c guys too much $$$.. the diameter of the pvc pipe is 1 1/2 inches... so do i need to buy an extra attachments or will the hoses that come with it work???
Asked by: BocaGuy
BocaGuy I have never heard of clearing A/C pipes with vacuum cleaner their are special pumps that pump out the freon and create a vacuum. This is not that. I clean my returns with an shop vac and my filter cages on the furnace. Also the A/C has Freon in it and you will mess up your A/C if you messed with the freon. Boca Guy if you don't know what you are doing get a professional and save money and your life. because if you mess with freon you can get blinded this is not a toy to play with. Read the cautions on the side of the A/C unit. Go to your H/D store and you will see air condition and plumbers they that you can hire to do the work right. Saving money is ok saving your life is cheaper than saving money
Answered by: bugmur
Date published: 2017-01-07
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Customer Reviews

12 Gal. 5.0-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 408.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This model has some major design issues! For starters, the top does not fit tightly onto the low... This model has some major design issues! For starters, the top does not fit tightly onto the lower drum. The unit I purchased had more than an 1/8" of up and down movement, even when "latched." While this isn't a problem while the unit is running and creating suction, lots of debris comes out from the gap when the vacuum is switched off, especially when the unit is moved. From other reviews, it appears that this isn't an isolated issue. Additionally, the underside of the the top has many deep nooks and crannies that collect large amounts of debris and is nearly impossible to clean. After several frustrating (and messy) experiences with this vacuum, I returned it.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good working shop vac but... I needed a new shop vac but did not want a large space consuming 16 gallon one. After much reading of reviews on not only HD site but Lowes, Sears, Amazon and Consumer Reports, I narrowed the choice to the higher hp 12 gallon sized vacs. This partly due to the ability to suction but also the fact that the larger hp models utilize the larger diameter hose as the 16 gal does, so extra hose parts will be easy to access. So far the 12 gal has been a very good performer. Like all plastic base models I have seen, when you lift it up by the two side handles the dirt and such vacuumed into the base comes out through the gap in small amounts. Strange that there is not a small rubber gasket there to insure there is no leakage when not in use and being moved. I like the position of the on/off switch due to ease of touching it without reaching around trying to find it because it is positioned in front behind the large front handle used to wrap the electrical cord on. My major complaint concerning this shop vac is the changing of the filter. With the old system you unscrewed a latch on the bottom of the filter and slipped it off so you could do this easily over the base to catch any residue/dirt. Now you have to push down on the rubber seal around the protrusion that sticks up in the center. Yes, try to do this without having junk drop all over the place. What a giant step backwards in intelligent constructive development. Obviously another "smart" idea from an engineer or designer who never has to clean or change a filter. So if you can get over this flaw I say it is a good shop vac but had I realized this before buying I would NOT have bought this shop vac. Now the site is saying there is inappropriate language in my review. I am guessing I said suction so that is bad when referring to vacuums. There is an 800 number in this online site to call for assistance and calling it is worse than worthless in attempting to get an answer to my inappropriate language question.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful and efficient Great for all uses, used it to clean out AC Pipes saving myself a bundle as well as the garage and car. My husband will use it for his Mobile car wash business and is pleased with it's efficiency.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This vacuum is definitely not the best choice for shop woodworking tools dust collection. The pa... This vacuum is definitely not the best choice for shop woodworking tools dust collection. The paper filters fill up very quickly as does the pleated filter, rendering the machine useless for that purpose. The muffler doesn't diminish the sound but seems to lessen the suction quite a bit. It is very noisy! That said, however, it is a very good utility vacuum for general shop cleanup and, used with a directional collection hood, works well as a workbench sanding vac. I suspect it will work better with a cyclone or some other vortex type 2d stage/pre-filter.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from cheaply built The power head and the canister are held together by a snap type fitting. There is no seal whatsoever where the two meet. This is fine when the vacuum is on. However, the second you turn it off, the contents of the canister leak out around the mating surface. You basically have to then sweep up again what you just vacuumed. I informed ridgid about the issue and the operator said that it is working properly. I'll be returning this immediately. Don't waste your money on this cheaply built vacuum.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ii replaces a 12 gal Shop Vac and this is far superior to the shop vac its at least twice as powe... Ii replaces a 12 gal Shop Vac and this is far superior to the shop vac its at least twice as powerful and it came with more attachments than the Shop Vac and a filter I use a bag and the filter it came with. The only draw back is the wheels and the wheel holder snap in. It takes a lot of force to snap the wheels I used a vise and a piece of wood it worked great. Also the hose from my Shop Vac also fits so you can use various sizes of hoses and attachments if you want to. The 21/2 inch hose will pick up almost anything so be careful of small tools because it will pick them up too. This is a very powerful machine and noisy better were hearing protection. I'm glad I brought it and will buy another when my other shop vac dies. Did not use it to pick up water yet but will when the time comes. Well worth the money for a powerful machine.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It just works Just like the same implies, it is Rigid and it is a work horse that is reliable. I know it works because every group contractors I see has one of these. I always see it beat up and covered in dirt but still working hard. It is a must for any homeowner. I have used to clean my van so that expense is out the window.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exactly right perfect for cleaning garage and attic. The unit moves very easily, the suction is great, the length of the electric cord and the hose and wand units is perfect for reaching high and low. The attachments are built to last. The wider diameter of the hose is very important for getting up larger items.
Date published: 2016-10-19
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