Model # WD1851

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Store SKU #255185

RIDGID 16 Gal. 6.5-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac
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RIDGID

16 Gal. 6.5-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac

  • Built for the pro with RIDGID's powerful 6.5 peak HP motor
  • Cart and large rear wheels enables easy maneuvering/accessibility
  • Backed by the RIDGID lifetime warranty
$159.00 /each

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This RIDGID 16 Gal. High-Performance Wet/Dry Vacuum is designed to deliver the powerful suction, large capacity, rugged construction, unique features and excellent mobility that pros demand for the job site or shop. The powerful 6.5 peak HP motor easily handles the toughest job site clean-up tasks. A 3-layer fine dust filter captures dry wall dust, and moving up and down steps or across rough terrain is a snap with the large-diameter, fixed rear wheels. Combined with a top handle with cord wrap, heavy-duty 2-piece drum construction, accessory storage bag attached to a quick-release handle plus patented Scroll Noise Reduction for quiet operation, and you've got a design that meets the demands of a pro.

  • 6.5 peak HP motor provides powerful suction for heavy-duty cleanups
  • 20 ft. cord provides extensive reach
  • 3-stage filter for maximum filtration
  • Noise muffler for quiet operation
  • Quick-release handle for easy emptying
  • Removable accessory storage bag for easy drum cleanup
  • Includes 2 wands, a utility nozzle, a car nozzle, a wet nozzle, a crevice tool, a diffuser and an accessory bag
  • 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
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Is there a vacuum bag to fit this unit?

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March 11, 2014
I see the filters listed under accessories and know that there is also a bag that fits other Ridgid wet/dry vac models.
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July 21, 2016
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There are multiple bags for the various vac sizes. For the WD1851 you're looking for Model# VF3502. This works as a pre-filter to help extend the life of the actual filter. Works great. Don't use it while wet vacuuming.
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Yes, there sure is. I use the vacuum bags when sucking up fine stuff like drywall dust or other dusting jobs. I also used it to suck lead paint chips, but I was wearing the appropriate respiration mask too. It is also recommended by me to get the 5-layer HEPA allergen filter, which is a bit expensive, but worth it if you have allergies like I do, and it ensures that the air coming out the exhaust is Read More
Yes, there sure is. I use the vacuum bags when sucking up fine stuff like drywall dust or other dusting jobs. I also used it to suck lead paint chips, but I was wearing the appropriate respiration mask too. It is also recommended by me to get the 5-layer HEPA allergen filter, which is a bit expensive, but worth it if you have allergies like I do, and it ensures that the air coming out the exhaust is clean without a noticeable loss in suction. I use the included filter in the garage/basement and the HEPA filter in the house. You get two vacuum bags per package, and they're usually in stock at the store, and always in stock on the web site. Read Less
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Yes. I get them in-store where they are usually in stock. They even have HEPA filter-bags for this, but they are a bit more costly. I use those when collecting dust from sanding my little woodworking projects and they really help.
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June 3, 2014
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None included with purchase but can be bought separately.
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There is but it is expensive and others have complained that it is easily torn.
It's a wet dry vac which in the past never had bags.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-High-Efficiency-Dust-Bags-for-RIDGID-12-16-Gal-Vac-VF3502/100390230?N=5yc1vZc2a7Z12ky
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This model can use dust bag VF3502.
If you have further quesitons or concerns, please call 866-539-1710 or you can send an email to info@ridgidvacs.com
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RIDGID
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March 12, 2014
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Yes, the filter bag is great at ensuring no dust escapes and makes emptying clean. There as different micron level filters.
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March 12, 2014
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They do have dust bags to fit the 16 gallon vacuum. Although I don't use them.
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Does the vac hose fit the blower port?

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August 22, 2013
I need to blow out pool lines
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Yes, the blower output port is the exact same fit as the suction intake port. It's quite powerful, and I often use it as a leaf blower.
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Yes.
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Yes. You just swap the inlet filter with the hose and it works great!
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Yes the vacuum hose does fit the blower port and is also excellent for blowing leaves as well. To fit the hose to the blower port all you need to do is remove the muffler which is super easy, the attach the hose.
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Yes
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yes it does and it locks on too
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Yes it is the same hose for both sides..
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What is the noise level

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decibles
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It is much quieter than other shop vacs I have used in the past. My ears weren't ringing after vacuuming out the car for an hour and a half.
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As shop vacs go, it's quieter than most.
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I don't know in terms of decibels, but if you're asking about the 16 gal. Rigid canister vac, it is surprisingly quiet if you use the included attachment that snaps into the exhaust port. It is much, much quieter than the typical household upright vacuum, and yet very much more powerful.
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I have not measured the sound level with a decibel meter empirically, but can tell you that one main reason I bought it is because it is MUCH quieter than previous generic "shop-vacs" I have owned. When I first saw it used in a restaurant, my friends and I noticed we could still carry on conversations and hear the background music when it was running. It makes less noise than our regular home vacuum, Read More
I have not measured the sound level with a decibel meter empirically, but can tell you that one main reason I bought it is because it is MUCH quieter than previous generic "shop-vacs" I have owned. When I first saw it used in a restaurant, my friends and I noticed we could still carry on conversations and hear the background music when it was running. It makes less noise than our regular home vacuum, which is touted as a quiet machine in TV commercials.
These are all subjective references, not empirical tests. But I know this; when I attach it to my table-saw for dust collection, I cannot hear it when the table-saw is running. The same is true for all my routers and the thickness planer. The planer I have has a helical head, so it is very quiet compared to other shop tools. yet I still cannot hear this vacuum when the other tools are on. Read Less
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Dear Customer,
Thank you for contacting RIDGID® Customer Support.
The WD1851 is rated at 81 decibels.
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 info@ridgidvacs.com.
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RIDGID
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Honestly, this vac is pretty noisy. This is not a vacuum that is made for comfort, this is a shop vac and it's made to work...hard. The 5 HP motor in this vacuum has the power to suck up big bolts off the floor and there is no deadening material between the motor, the casing and the bin. It's as gloriously noisy as it should be.
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From the pictures, I can not tell if the wands are stored on the cart or not. Are they stored on the cart?
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Yes, there are little holders that store the extension wand parts to the left and right of the tank, between the rear of the wheels and the tank itself. They hold somewhat well and make the vac able to carry everything at once. They don't fall off while I roll the thing around, even up and down steps.
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Yes. Wands are stored on the cart-chassis by means of molded extrusions. They just stick on and pull off. Small attachments are carried in the little cloth bag that is velcro-ed to the handle.
There is a convenient power-cord storage feature. The cord wraps around the top handle.
Personally, I think the cloth bag and hose storage could be improved, but they are OK as is.
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There is a hanging bag for the handle, but I prefer to just store the wands elsewhere. You'll find that this vacuum is so rugged that the wants just get in the way when stored on the vacuum itself. I'll sometimes tuck one into the handle, but for the most part I leave them on the shelf.
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Storage is very poor. There are ports on 2 legs for storage of the hose or wand but not both. Go look at Sears Craftsman 16 gallon @ $129. For better storage options.
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WD1851 has left and right caddy that hold the front and back wheels. The caddies have plastic mold on the back where the extension can stand.
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For the 2 long extension tubes there are little nubs next to the back wheels that you stab them onto. For the rest of the stuff you put them in the storage bag on the handle.
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 382 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love this Vacuum I've had another brand in the past. I need this product to clean a fountain which is surrounded by a aggregate stone walkway. My previous unit's small wheels couldn't glide over the walkway so I had to lift a full reservoir of water from the fountain to my driveway over and over again to complete the job. With the Rigid, it has a bigger capacity (so it holds more water) and the large wheels allow me to effortlessly roll the full tank to my driveway. If that wasn't good enough, I appreciate the quick drain valve at the bottom of the Rigid. This product saves my back and helps me clean my fountain more efficiently. July 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VERY GOOD VAC Usually these vacuums work for a bit, then the filter gets jammed up. This one was the exception. I sucked up 75 gallons of water when my basement flooded. 6.5hp was plenty! It was a bit pricy but very worth it. One thing to remember is that you need the wet filter for it. If not the water will not flow very good. Good stuff, but I wish it came with the water filter too. October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shop Vac This is a very nice well built vac. The combination caters and tires make it very stable. October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great !! Great Shop Vac..very quiet compared to most vacs in this class October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great vacuum Easy to assemble, put it together in parking lot all you need is Phillips screwdriver and a mallet or hammer. Also bought the vacuum bags and they work great at keeping the bulk of dust out out of main filter. Bought to use for dust collection for shop and hand sander. October 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by quietly sucks!! This is the quietest shop vac I have ever owned or used. It's also one of the, if not the most powerful shop vacs I've used. I can hold a conversation over it while cleaning the garage and not think twice. As far as the wheel axle caps, they're the same thing that many manufacturers use to hold wheels on, and work quite effectively. Pro tip: Thread the axle, put both wheels on, press both caps on until they stick, lay the vacuum drum on it's side and use a hammer to tap the caps on. Doing so will seat both caps, but turn the vacuum 180 and tap the other cap. Done and done. Takes 30 seconds. I couldn't be happier with this vacuum. August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good Buy Easy to assemble and use. The wheels are a great additional providing additional mobility and ease of movement. I use it for multiple purposes including dust collection in the wood shop. Very well made product and I have been pleased so far and would recommend it to anyone that needs a larger size wet vac. For smaller jobs and tight places, this might be too large for you. October 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good Purchase This wet vac works much better than some other brands I've used. October 11, 2016
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