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Model # HD1640A

16 Gallon 5.0 Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum with Two Filters, 2pk Dust Bags, Hose, Diffuser and Three Accessories

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  • High performance vac with maximum capacity for everyday messes
  • 1-layer replacement filter with dust bags for added filtration
  • Features the RIDGID lifetime warranty
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About This Product

The RIDGID 16 Gallon 5.0 Peak Horsepower Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum is for large, heavy-duty projects and offers maximum capacity while resisting dents, rust, and corrosion. This vac includes shop vac attachments to customize to the job - 2 extension wands to extend reach, utility nozzle for cleaning large areas and a diffuser to diffuse exhaust airflow. Filtration includes the general debris filter (VF4000) to help protect the motor and trap particles as well as the 2-pack shop vac dust collection bags to help keep messes in one place, keep drum clean and dispose of contents quick and easily. The wet dry vac attachments are 2-1/2 in. diameter and features locking technology for a snug fit while cleaning. Onboard storage provides spots for the 15 ft. cord while the included attachments and the comfort grip handle helps carry drum for easy lifting. Also, this wet dry vac can quickly transform into a blower by using the hose in the blower port - perfect for removing leaves and other outdoor material from walkways, porches, and decks. Pro Tip: Add a replacement RIDGID shop vac filter (VF4000, VF5000, VF6000, VF7000 or VF8000; sold separately) to a RIDGID shop vac to maintain the power of the vac and extend vacuum life. Add a dust collection bag (VF3502, VF3602, VF3702 sold separately) to help with quick cleanup and disposal.


  • Includes RIDGID 16 Gallon 5.0 Peak Horsepower Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum featuring a Diffuser and Filtration Kit - great for all messes, big or small
  • Shop vac locking attachments include 2-1/2 in. x 7 ft. Tug-A-Long, DUAL-FLEX locking hose, 2 extension wands, utility nozzle and diffuser
  • Filtration includes the general debris filter (VF4000) for capturing general dirt and 2 dust collection bags (VF3502) to contain messes for easy pickup and disposal
  • Drum construction offers lasting durability for extensive projects and jobs and gives powerful performance with its 5.0 peak horsepower
  • Ergonomic front-to-back top carry handle allows for a better grip when maneuvering around the jobsite and over tough terrain
  • 2-1/2 in. x 7 ft. Tug-A-Long, Locking DUAL-FLEX hose has 180-degree flexibility on both ends, won't crimp or collapse and locks into place so it won't pull loose during use
  • 2-1/2 in. diameter accessory size is optimal size to resist clogging and makes cleaning large messes quick and easy and the locking accessories create a secure attachment for uninterrupted cleanup
  • Extension wands connect to extend length, the utility nozzle cleans large surface areas and the diffuser eliminates debris and dust that may exit the blowing port
  • Onboard accessory storage keeps attachments secured, hose storage keeps hose neat, and top handle doubles as a cord wrap for stowing long 15 ft. power cord
  • Built-in drain provides ideal cleaning solution for wet pickup while the blower port offers versatility for blowing leaves, grass clippings, and more
  • 4 swivel casters on bottom of vac provide 360-degree rotation for easy movement from room-to-room or jobsite-to-jobsite and the large power switch allows for easy on/off activation
  • RIDGID offers a wide range of replacement filtration options (VF4000 general debris filter, VF5000 fine dust filter, VF6000 HEPA material filter, VF7000 wet application filter and VF8000 HEPA filter; sold separately) that capture a variety of dirt and debris and VF3502 Size A dust collection bags for quick and easy cleanups
  • Pair the RIDGID 16 Gallon NXT wet/dry vac with a dust collection bag (VF3502 Size A; sold separately) for quick and easy disposal and to keep the drum clean
  • 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
  • Shop Compatible Accessories for your shop vacuum
  • Full lifetime warranty against material defects and workmanship
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Product Information

Internet # 317128583

Model # HD1640A


Dimensions: H 27.659 in, W 22.635 in, D 20.454 in


Hose Diameter (in)

2.5 in

Hose Length (ft.)

7 ft

Peak Horsepower (php)


Product Depth (in.)

20.454 in

Product Height (in.)

27.659 in

Product Width (in.)

22.635 in


Air Volume (CFM)


Amperage (amps)


Blower Port


Color Family


Cord Length (ft.)




Debris Type

Allergens, Dust Mites, General Debris, Pollens, Sawdust, Wet Debris

Filter Type


Included Accessories

No additional accessories included

Power Source


Product Weight (lb.)

23.2 lb

Recommended Surfaces

Auto Interior, Bare Floor, Carpet, Concrete, Hardwood Floors, Laminate, Leather, Stairs, Tile, Upholstery, Vinyl, Wood



Tools Product Type


Vacuum Maximum Capacity (Gallons)

16 gal

Voltage (V)


Wet/Dry Attachment & Accessory Type

Filter and Dust Bag Kit

Questions & Answers

Q:can this be used without a collection bag?
by|Mar 10, 2024
1 Answer
Answer This Question

A:  Hello Sqwiggy, Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you can run the vacuum without the dust bags. Dust collection bags are completely optional on our RIDGID vacuums. Make sure that you have the correct type of filter depending on the usage of the vacuum. If you have further questions or concerns, you may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'd be glad to assist you. Thanks, RIDGID

by|Mar 12, 2024
    Q:Does the filter have a locking nut, found filter suing in bottom of canister and only found large blue washer.
    by|Feb 13, 2024
    1 Answer
    Answer This Question

    A:  Hello Hpnxt, Thanks for your question! RIDGID HD1640 16 Gallon 5.0 Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum has a new design of the filter cage which has a Qwick Lock ball end instead of a threaded stud that will allow the new design of filter to snap into place without a filter nut. If you have other questions, please call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time or send us an email at info@ridgidvacs.com and we'll be glad to assist you. Thanks, RIDGID Wet/Dry Vac Customer Support

    by|Feb 14, 2024
      Q:Mine did not have any wheels in the box. Whom do I contact?
      by|Feb 12, 2024
      1 Answer
      Answer This Question

      A:  Hello, Thank you for reaching out to us regarding our product. We appreciate your interest and are here to assist you. Typically, the wheel should be placed inside the drum of our product. If, for some reason, you did not find them there, please rest assured that we will resolve this issue promptly. To address your concern and provide you with the necessary assistance, we kindly request that you contact our dedicated Customer Service team at 1-800-474-3443. They are available from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time. Alternatively, feel free to send us an email at info@ridgidvacs.com. Our team is committed to ensuring your satisfaction and will work diligently to resolve any concerns or questions you may have. Once again, thank you for choosing RIDGID. We look forward to assisting you further! Best regards, RIDGID

      by|Feb 13, 2024
        Q:What is the noise level in decibels for this vacuum cleaner?
        by|Dec 19, 2023
        1 Answer
        Answer This Question

        A:  Hello Carl, Thank you for reaching out to us with your inquiry about our product. We appreciate your interest and would be happy to provide you with the information you need. The noise rating of this vacuum is 85 decibels when used with the original hose attached. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-474-3443. We are available from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and will be more than happy to assist you. Alternatively, if you prefer to communicate via email, feel free to reach out to us at info@ridgidvacs.com. We strive to provide prompt and helpful responses to all inquiries. Once again, thank you for considering our product. We look forward to serving your needs and providing a solution that meets your expectations. Best regards, RIDGID

        by|Dec 21, 2023
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          Customer Reviews

          4.4 out of 5

          • 4.4 out of 1,128 reviews
          • 70% recommend this product
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            • Recommended
            Excellent shop vac for woodworking
            I use this for a dust collection system with a 5 gallon bucket with a cyclone dust collection system attached to the top of it. I've attached it to a bench top planer and it cleans 90% of the chips produced, which is more than what I expected it to do. The only problem that I hear is how loud it is. I'm usually wearing ear protection anyways for the other tools so I'm don't mind it but others would probably find it less desirable. I know RIGID sells a diffuser but I'm not sure how well it works.
              2 found this review helpful
              Perfect Wet/Dry Vac
              I purchased this vac yesterday to help us get gallons of rain water that accumulated in the tarp covering our temporary goats’ pen. The water was so heavy it made the tarp hang down so low in the pen we could not open the gate to get in to feed the mama and two babies or let them out. My son turned this vac on and it literally filled the bucket within seconds. The job was completed in minutes. This vac is amazing. We are so glad we purchased it. It’s excellent, and our goats are happy again.
                • Recommended
                2 found this review helpful
                Nothing to complain about this device. It's very good. Please purchase the accessories which is like 25 dollars more. What is suspplied doesnt suffice with the suction power of this shop vac.
                Very good, very powerful
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                • Recommended
                Better than expected!
                Very nice product didn’t think it be that powerful. The only thing I noticed is the RIDGID logo why is it upside down lol is it supposed to be like that?
                  • Recommended
                  2 found this review helpful
                  Ridgid Vacuums #1
                  The vacuum is in addition to my 20 year old model that doesn't allow internal bags to catch the mess and keep the filter clean. This vacuum along with the added 13 foot hose reaches all of my woodworking tools and can vacuum the whole area without moving the vacuum. Even with 20 feet of hose it still has GREAT suction!
                    • Recommended
                    6 found this review helpful
                    This is a big capacity vacuum
                    The first thing I noticed when unpacking the box is just how much larger this vacuum is compared to my old vacuum - see pictures. It is very powerful as well, both vacuuming and blowing. There is some minor assembly required in attaching the wheels and carry handle, but the instructions are excellent and it takes only a few minutes to be up and running.
                    • Recommended
                    8 found this review helpful
                    This thing really sucks. :)
                    I received the Ridgid NXT 16 gallon wet/dry vacuum this past week. Some minor assembly is required. Legs,casters and hose handle/ cord wrap. As with most the casters are small and work well when on concrete and not so well on rough surfaces like my asphalt driveway. So the only thing I can compare this to is my other vacs. Both which were obtained for cheap money during Black Friday sales. Well this one is hands down better . The suction is amazing. The cord is longer they say it's seven feet in the product description. I think it is slightly longer. But I didn't measure it. The hose connections are locking which makes a world of difference. The only downside is done think they will work with older non locking accessories. Speaking of accessories the hose is better than the hard plastic ones in years past but it is still not the greatest. The five you to pieces of hard pipe and one floor tool. It has a drain for use with sucking up liquid. The outlet also can be used as a blower. Features that the cheap one did not have.
                    • Recommended
                    8 found this review helpful
                    When I had to move from my house to a small apartment, I got rid of a ton of stuff that I regret now. One was my big shop vac. Now that I'm back into another house, I really missed it, so I was glad to finally get another one to clear leaves that find their way onto my patio. I only spent about 5 or 10 minutes out there because it's, like, 1000° outside, but that's all I needed to do a decent job. First, I used the blower to clear everything over to the wall, and then I switch to the vacuum to pick it all up. One of the great features for doing this is the hose and accessories snap on with a clip. With both vacs I had before you have to screw and unscrew and screw to move it back and forth. The suction was powerful enough to pick up a couple of small rocks when the hose was about 5 inches away. It made quick work for the short amount of time I was out there. What I didn't like, and this is on me, was aside from the hose and extenders it only came with ONE accessory nozzle. What kind of wet/dry vac doesn't come with a squeegee or dust brush? But I do know they are available, and there are places onboard the machine to store them, but I was just a little disappointed in that. The cord could be longer, too. Buyer beware.
                    11 found this review helpful
                    Great Vac for the garage and DIY projects
                    I have had a 12 gallon shop vacuum for the past 14 years and the motor on it has struggles lately and the suction has gone down despite changing filters. I got this Ridgid 16 Gal vac to replace the old one and it has been great so far. The suction is far better than what I had and the added capacity does not take up much more space. I was also able to keep some of the accessories from the old vacuum despite it being a different brand. When looking for a replacement shop vac I really wanted something that I knew would have good power and would have a good warranty. Probably my favorite part of Ridgid tools is the way they stand behind their products with their warranty. In my experience dealing with actual repair or replacement has been very easy and relatively painless. I like that this vac uses the standard size of tools, but has the ability to lock on to ridgid branded accessories. My old accessories will still work and have stayed on great so far, but if I want to pick up any other items like the power tool vac adapter, the small crevice with LED, or the flexible crevice tool I know they will work and will lock on! I also like that the top of the rigid has a better cord holding option and a hose holding option that my old vac didn't have. Assembly was very easy just needing a screwdriver to attach the handle on top and a rubber mallet to attach the casters and caster holders. If you need a new shop vac, definitely consider the Ridgid as it is equal to the other options and has that wonderful ridgid warranty and service.
                    • Recommended
                    5 found this review helpful
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