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Model #WD0970

9 Gal. 4.25-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac

  • Great for general cleaning with large 1-7/8" diameter hose
  • Accepts RIDGID dust bags for easy and clean debris disposal
  • Features the RIDGID lifetime warranty
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Product Overview

The RIDGID 6 Gal. high performance wet dry vac is designed for DIYers who want a compact wet/dry vacuum that delivers the powerful performance and rugged durability required for jobsite clean-up. This vacuum has a 6 Gal. drum size that results in a more compact design that requires less storage space on a service truck or in a work shop or garage. And its top carry handle makes transporting easier than ever. It features the patented QwikLock Filter Fastening System that makes installing or removing your filter quick, easy and secure. Replacement filter VF4000 sold separately.
  • 4.25 peak HP motor provides powerful suction for everyday cleanup
  • 7 ft. tug-a-long hose with positive locking connection to help withstand hose detachment during vacuum use
  • 4 swivel casters provide excellent maneuverability
  • Accessory storage space at the top of each caster gives you quick access to needed attachments
  • Includes filter, hose, 2 wands, utility nozzle, wet nozzle and a manual for added versatility
  • Compact size for easy storage
  • Blower port for powerful leaf and grass clipping management
  • 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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Hose Length (ft.)
Peak Horsepower (php)
Product Depth (in.)
17.5 in
Product Height (in.)
21.5 in
Product Width (in.)
19 in


Air Volume (CFM)
Amperage (amps)
Color Family
Cord Length (ft.)
Included Accessories
No additional accessories included
Product Weight (lb.)
13.2 lb
Recommended Surfaces
Auto Interior,Bare Floor,Carpet,Concrete,Laminate,Leather,Stairs,Tile,Upholstery,Vinyl,Wood
Tools Product Type
Power Tool
Vacuum Maximum Capacity (Gallons)
9 gal
Voltage (volts)

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.3
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  • 88%recommend this product
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Can’t change filter
I purchased this to vacuums the remaining water after emptying my hot tub. I have had it for about a year. The filter was getting yucky and I couldn’t get it off. I’ve tried to unscrew the bolt at the top to slide off the filter and it won’t budge. It is made of hard rubber and the pliers are just gouging the end cap terrible. Ultimately I cut the old filter off hoping I could expose the screw and nut and put some WD40 on the screw thinking that would help. Now I have no filter and still can’t get the screw off to put the new filter on. When it was working, for the purpose I needed it, it worked great. Good value for the money. I agree with other reviews that it’s a bit awkward. My model is not cordless. I would love assistance in resolving. Is there something that allows you to quick release that I’m just not seeing?
Response from Customer ServiceMar 22, 2021
Hello Che41sissy, Thanks for your feedback and we’re sorry to learn your difficulty with the filter. This vac has a Qwik lock filter and does not have a screw that you can turn. To remove the filter, take the lid off the drum and turn it upside down. Hold the rubber tabs on top of the filter with both hands and put your thumb on the ball stud in the center. Lift up on the rubber tabs while pushing down on the stud and the filter will snap out. Slide the filter off the cage. Carefully slide the new filter over the cage and press down on the outside edge of the filter until the rubber gasket on the bottom of the filter seats securely around the base of the filter cage and against the power head assembly. This instruction can be found in the supplied user’s manual. If you have further questions or concerns, you may call Customer Service at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time or email us at info@ridgidvacs.com Thank you, RIDGID Customer Support
    • Recommended
    Easy assembly right from box. I used this on a small demo job, and worked like a charm picking up...
    Easy assembly right from box. I used this on a small demo job, and worked like a charm picking up insulation, and other bits and pieces. Worked even better on my jeep picking up dirt and other nuggets from adventures.
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    • Recommended
    great little vac...
    great little vac
    • Verified Purchase
    Great Purchase!
    We refinished our hardwood floors with Home Depot's Tool Rentals and this was the perfect time to purchase the Rigid Shop Vac. It has super strong suction for all the sawdust and more. We're very happy to have this and use it for all kinds of clean up in the future. We were, also, told about Rigid's Lifetime Warranty by an awesome Home Depot Employee. Great Product and Brand.
    • DIY
    • Recommended
    15 found this review helpful
    Perfect for my use
    I own a 1400 sq foot home, two car garage with several pets like a guneia pig cage that initially sparked my interest in this purchase to clean up their cage without having to lift it. It works perfect and then some. I've already cleaned my chicken coop and garage. It's perfect for my basic uses...has plenty of power, just make sure you get the size gallon tub that suits your needs. The design of this vacuum is the same as its been for a while which I wish there was a better way to empty this without having to take off lid. About the only complaint.
      • Recommended
      Good low priced unit done in by fatal flaw
      I got this vac to supplement my primary - one to leave in the barn to keep tack and utility rooms clean. At the lower price point, I wasn't expecting something comparable to my old vac, but I was expecting a lot more than this one delivered. The cord storage isn't great (loosely looped around the motor), but I can live with that. The static suction is strong, but the air flow rate is anemic. Still, I could live with that on a cheaper vac. (I'm spoiled by the higher power and 2" hose on my primary vac.) There is one fatal flaw that I can't live with, however... There is no seal between the top/motor and the canister. When the vac is on, the vacuum pulls the top tight, so it's fine. When you turn the motor off, though, the top has a little up and down play that results in puffs of dirt/dust being pumped out of the machine when moving it around. It's a shame that they saved a buck or two by omitting a compession type seal that would have made this an acceptable machine. As a tinkerer, my first thought was to make or find a seal, but I shouldn't have to do that to a new machine, so it's going back. (Attached photo shows the dust on the cord - a result of moving the vacuum a couple of feet after finishing my first chore.) As is, this vacuum might be acceptable to someone who is using it as a dust collector or cleaning large quantities of sawdust, etc. Be aware that low airflow means you need to keep the utility nozzle flat on the floor to get much other than light dust. I certainly would advise against spending money on the suggested fine dust or allergen filters. I do like the innovative pop-off filter and the accessory holders on the feet. Unlike some other reviewers, I don't find this machine excessively noisy. (FWIW, I do have a 25+ year old higher power machine to compare it with.)
      • DIY
      46 found this review helpful
      Love it!
      Purchased because we are renovating our home and obviously a vac is a must-have. So far this product is working great! Strong suction and does the job great.
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      • Recommended
      Excellent Product
      I bought this and have been using it for my Home remodel! It works Great for everything in my remodel process.
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      • Recommended
      Nice Small Vac
      For a smaller size this vac is very powerful. It is easy to move and store. My only knock is I wish the utility head was wider.
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      • Recommended
      it does just what it is supposed to do ... vacuum
      By golly, who would have thunk it? This device works just like you would hope a vacuum would, sucking up stuff. My only complaint is that the hose system is a different size than my last vacuums, so my collection of hoses and tools are for naught. Some of those extensions that I already have would be very handy.
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      • Recommended
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