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16 Gallon 6.5-Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum with Cart, Fine Dust Filter, Hose and Accessories

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  • Accessories & large rear-wheel cart equip Pro for any cleanup
  • Built with RIDGID’s most powerful motor & largest capacity drum
  • Features the RIDGID lifetime warranty
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Part of the most powerful line of wet dry vacs RIDGID has ever made, the RIDGID 16 Gal. NXT wet/dry vac was built with RIDGID's most powerful 6.5 peak horsepower motor, the 16 Gal. vacuum was engineered for the Pros with the toughest cleanups. This model includes a cart with large rear wheels and the accessories to equip the Pro for any job with 2 wands, a utility nozzle, car nozzle, wet nozzle, crevice tool and a muffler/diffuser. The drum offers maximum capacity at 16 Gal. and the 2-piece drum construction provides lasting durability. Storage is readily available on this model with accessory storage to secure tools on hand, added hooks to store the hose and caster feet that fit both 1-7/8 in. and 2-1/2 in. accessories. The 16 Gal. NXT wet/dry vac includes 2-1/2 in. locking accessories that lock onto a wand or hose which means no downtime from attachments coming apart. It features the patented Qwik Lock Filter Fastening System that makes installing or removing your filter quick, easy and secure. Replacement filter VF5000 and Size A VF3502 Dust Collection Bags sold separately.
  • Maximum power 6.5 peak HP NXT vac for heavy-duty cleanup
  • 2-piece heavy-duty drum construction offers the toughest RIDGID durability
  • Large rear-wheel accessory cart stores tools and maneuvers over rough terrain
  • 2-1/2 in. locking accessories secures your hose to your wands to your floor tools, so nothing falls off in use
  • 20 ft. power cord provides the most reach and stores easily using cord wrap
  • Diffuser dissipates the flow of air out of the exhaust port
  • Included Qwik Lock 3-layer fine dust filter captures fine dust particles for superior filtration
  • Storage features include: hose storage that keeps hose neat and secure when stowing or transporting, tool storage caddy securely stores the attached accessories even when lifting and emptying the drum
  • 4-swivel casters provide 360 degree movement
  • Includes 2-1/2 in. x 7 ft. Tug-A-Long Dual-Flex locking hose, 2 extension wands, utility nozzle, wet nozzle, car nozzle, crevice tool, muffler/diffuser, and a fine dust filter (VF5000)
  • Patented Qwik Lock filter snaps on or off the vacuum for easy cleaning without any tools
  • Accepts RIDGID filter VF4200 and size A VF3502 dust collection bags
  • 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
  • Full lifetime warranty against material defects and workmanship
  • Note: Product May Vary by Store
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Specifications

Dimensions

Hose Diameter (in)
2.5 in
Hose Length (ft.)
7 ft
Peak Horsepower (php)
6.5
Product Depth (in.)
26.7 in
Product Height (in.)
37.1 in
Product Width (in.)
22.4 in

Details

Air Volume (CFM)
184
Amperage (amps)
12
Blower Port
Included
Color Family
Oranges/Peaches
Cord Length (ft.)
20
Cordless/Corded
Corded
Debris Type
Cold Ashes,Dust Mites,Fine Powders,General Debris,Pollens,Sawdust
Filter Type
Cartridge
Included Accessories
No additional accessories included
Power Source
Electric
Product Weight (lb.)
32.7 lb
Recommended Surfaces
Auto Interior,Bare Floor,Carpet,Concrete,Hardwood Floors,Laminate,Leather,Stairs,Tile,Upholstery,Vinyl,Wood
Returnable
90-Day
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Vacuum Maximum Capacity (Gallons)
16 gal
Voltage (volts)
120 V
Wet/Dry Attachment & Accessory Type
Vacuum Nozzle

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  • 4.6
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The lifetime warranty
I'm not even sure how old mine was. But, if I had to guess, I think it's at least 15 years. I've used it for many tasks including cleaning up ash from the BBQ (a very fine powder that could easily mess with the motor if the filter failed) and sucking out the contents of my pool filter so I could remove the cartridges. (I'd estimate about 20 gallons of filthy water, sand and other small particulates) A few weeks ago, I contacted warranty support because the power switch (a red toggle on the old ones, not the rocker style like the new ones) had broken off in the "on" position. It broke flush with the housing, so there was no way to turn the unit off, excepting to unplug it. After complying with their pre-requisites of taking pictures and explaining the problem, they replaced the entire funky old unit with brand spanking new one just like is advertised here. Thank you, Ridgid, for living up to expectations regarding the warranty coverage.
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    3 found this review helpful
    Warranty on this Vacuum sucks like the vacume.
    Bought this product from Home depot it is suppose to come with a life time warranty. used it 5 times in last six months. about 4 hours of use.. Last time using the vacuumed it stopped working would not turn on. went to warranty site followed directions sent pictures in of all different parts of the vacuumed. including blower . I received a response back today stating they see plastic in the blower motor and their decision is that it was damaged because the filter was not on properly. , I see no debris in the blower motor just black film from it burning up. That's a great warranty say you have it ! then deny all claims
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    Response from RIDGIDMar 23, 2021
    Hello Sdickey,

    Thanks for the time to write a review and we're very sorry to learn your disappointment. The lifetime warranty of our RIDGID wet/dry vacs covers defects in workmanship and material. Failures due to misuse, abuse and normal wear and tear are not covered by this warranty. Dirt and debris being picked up by the vac should be captured by the filter. In addition, debris in the blower wheel occurs when the vac is used to pick up dry material with a missing, damaged, or incorrectly positioned filter, in violation of both the “Safety” and “Operation” sections of the owner’s manual provided with your vac. You may also want to review the coverage of the warranty here: https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/wet-dry-vac-warranty. If you have any questions or concerns, 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 Ridgid
      5 found this review helpful
      Does everything I needed it for. Lightweight, easy to assemble, nice long cord. The muffler seems...
      Does everything I needed it for. Lightweight, easy to assemble, nice long cord. The muffler seems to be just an extra piece of plastic and foam. I really do like this product. My only issue; the attachments will not stay in there respected spots. Especially the long hose extensions. When you move the base they just fall off.
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      2 found this review helpful
      Not a wet vacuum
      Purchased this vac to clean up water, but to my surprise, it says in the operation manual that it can only pick us a little water. My old sears vac (16 gal) would pick up about 10 gal of water before shutting off. Taking it back today.
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      Response from RIDGIDDec 4, 2020
      Dear jedkayak,

      Thank you for the time to write us a review. The manual actually discusses that you may leave the paper filter on if you are picking up small amounts of liquids. While you need to take out the filter for larger quantities. Hence, this vac can be used for small and large amounts of liquids. We could give you guidance on how to use the vacuum depending on your needs. You may 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 discuss them with you.

      Thanks,
      RIDGID Wet/Dry Vac Customer Support Ridgid
        6 found this review helpful
        Junk
        This is the second one I’ve owned they have a “lifetime” warranty but you have to jump through too many hoops Home Depot didn’t care that this was the second one in 14 months to die so I left it on their door step
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        Response from RIDGIDAug 27, 2020
        Hello Octoadam, Thanks for writing a review and we're sorry to have learned your disappointment. It's true that this vac has a full lifetime warranty against defects in workmanship and material. Moreover, the vac is returnable to Home Depot within 90 days of purchase. For any issues after 90 days, you may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'll be glad to assist you. Or, you could submit a warranty claim online at www.ridgid.com using this link: https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/wet-dry-vac-warranty. Thanks, RIDGID Ridgid
          16 found this review helpful
          Awesome when paired to the Dustopper
          Super powerfull shop vac! Great quality. If you get this or have it yoy need to pair it with the Dustopper! You’ll never have to buy amother filter. You can make your own mounting solution with some PVC and a scrap piece of plywood. I also paired this with the Ridgid water pump accessory
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            10 found this review helpful
            This is replacing a 15 year old Ridgid shop vac that is actually still running strong. I'm using ...
            This is replacing a 15 year old Ridgid shop vac that is actually still running strong. I'm using the old one for something else. After about 6 months of almost daily use, I found a few things I liked, and many I did not. What I like: - The large power switch is easy to use with gloved hands, easy to access. It sticks up in the 'on' position and almost acts like a kill switch, making it super easy to turn off quickly. - Lots of suction. The ultimate static vacuum is about 1.82 psi which is about 13% more than my older one (old one measured 1.61 psi). That's about 50 inches of water lift. Or put another way, it can pick up a 6 pound bar of steel. - Good air flow. This means it will actually pick up stuff. I didn't have a way to measure actual CFM, but I will say this: I have to be careful where I aim the nozzle because it will GRAB stuff that I don't want to pick up. I actually had to drill some vent holes in the carpet attachment so it wouldn't constantly lift the floor mats in my car. - Long cord. Most of the time I don't have to grab an extension cord. Yay! - Hose wrap holder thing. It's nice that there's a place to put the hose, instead of just laying it down on the floor. It's well placed, and makes stowing the hose simple and quick. What I don't like: - It's loud. Really loud. And it has a high pitched whine. - The cart handle intersects where the hose wraps, so you can't even use the cart handle if you wrap the hose. Or if you choose to keep the cart handle, it squashes the hose. - The diffuser intersects with the rear tool holder. That means you have to remove the diffuser every time you want to add or remove a tool to the rear holder. - The design of the latch on the new tools makes everything difficult to remove. Previous models used an actual lever with a pivot pin; these new ones are simply molded flexible plastic which feel cheap. The old ones snapped in, these new one 'jam' in for lack of better description, and it can be tough to get them to even lock. - The power cord is supposed to wrap around the handle, but there's not enough handle to do that. Also no quick release, so you have to spend time unwrapping the long cord if you decide to try to use it that way. - No wheel locks. If you have a sloped driveway, which almost every residential place does, it can literally run away from you. - The container has tons of crevices, making it difficult to clean. The old vac was just a simple cylinder. - The cord constantly gets caught in the rear wheel / axle. Some other observations: - The fixed rear wheel design means that you can't roll it 360 degrees, it has to be "aimed" where you want it to go. So you can't easily tug it around by the hose. - The hose connector at vac body has more restriction than old style, with an 80% smaller area due to connector. - The "noise muffler" is not a muffler. It does zero to decrease noise. It's real purpose is to diffuse the exhaust so you don't have a jet stream blowing things around in your garage. Overall it performs well, but the poorly designed features annoy me every time I use it.
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            Response from RIDGIDJan 14, 2020
            Hello LEDengineer, Thanks for your review and we're sorry to learn some areas that disappoint you. If you want to discuss further or you need assistance, you may call our Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time and we'll be more than happy to assist you. Thanks, RIDGID Ridgid
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              29 found this review helpful
              This vac has awesome power for a portable. I upgraded from my 2hp to this 6.5hp and can now hand...
              This vac has awesome power for a portable. I upgraded from my 2hp to this 6.5hp and can now handle all of the dust in my shop.
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              5 found this review helpful
              Great value. Great vac. Paired it with a cyclone dust collector and it does the job. Thanks to ex...
              Great value. Great vac. Paired it with a cyclone dust collector and it does the job. Thanks to excellent customer service for supplying two extra front caster mounts to replace back wheel mounts, which allowed stacking the cyclone above the vac via 2-in pvc pipes. Casters allow easy movement between table saw, miter saw, drill press, etc.
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              3 found this review helpful
              Great air flow
              I bought the wet dry vacuum for cleaning wet garage floors in winter. All attachments work very well and vacuum all water off the floor. Great. Another side discovery was when I reversed the hoses and used the vacuum as a blower, I could totally dry my cars after washing! That is cool. Very good air flow does the job nicely.
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