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HEPA Wet/Dry Vac Replacement Cartridge Filter for Most 5 Gallon and Larger RIDGID Shop Vacuums (1-Pack)

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  • Fits most RIDGID wet/dry vacs 5 gal. and larger
  • HEPA Filter can be used for wet and dry messes
  • 99.97% efficient at filtering dry particles 0.3 µm or larger
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The RIDGID Pleated HEPA Filter is designed to fit most RIDGID wet/dry vacuums (5 gallons and larger) to capture wet and dry messes. This HEPA Filter is 99.97% efficient at filtering dry particles 0.3 micron or larger. Increase your filtration level on the jobsite with this HEPA filter. During your heavy-duty project cleanups, the filter can be used to capture dry messes such as drywall dust, sawdust, and mold as well as liquid spills and waterborne debris. The durable, strong material allows for wet and dry messes to be picked up without switching between a dry and wet filter* - saving you time and energy. With the Qwik Lock feature, the wet/dry vac filter simply snaps on or off the shop vacuum for easy cleaning and this replacement filter can also be washed and reused for extended uses. Changing RIDGID shop vac filters often is strongly recommended to increase the vac's performance and to help extend vacuum life as it protects the motor from harmful debris. Pair filter with a RIDGID dust bag (VF3502 or VF3503, sold separately) to contain dry dust and debris and for easy disposal. RIDGID wet dry vacs provide a wide range of filtration and attachment options so that you can customize to the job at hand.
  • Includes 1 RIDGID HEPA wet/dry shop vacuum replacement filter that is 99.97% efficient at filtering dry particles 0.3 microns or larger.**
  • Fits most RIDGID wet/dry vacs 5 gallon or larger; for 3 to 4.5 gallon RIDGID shop vacs use VF3800 (sold separately).
  • Ideal for deep cleaning of construction sites, garages, workbenches, and basements.
  • Pleated filter conveniently picks up both dry and small-volume wet messes.*
  • A HEPA filter helps ensure the debris you clean stays within the vac and the mesh support behind the pleated material offers a more durable construction.
  • Wet/dry vac filter can be washed and reused (reference owner's manual) and captures liquid spills and waterborne debris as well as dry messes such as drywall dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, sawdust, cool ash, concrete, paint, dirt, debris and more.*
  • Patented Qwik Lock design makes installing or removing your shop vac filter quick, easy, and secure - no tools or hardware needed.
  • RIDGID wet/dry vacuums always recommends the use of a cartridge filter for dry pickup and to replace filters often for optimal vacuum performance and to prolong the life of the vac.
  • RIDGID offers a range of dry mess filtration options: RIDGID VF4000 general debris filter (sold separately), VF5000 fine dust filter (sold separately), VF6000 HEPA material filter (sold separately)
  • Pair with shop vac dust collection bags (sold separately) which can assist with debris containment and allow easy debris disposal.
  • This HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles at 0.3 µm and larger based on industry standards and independent lab testing under dry conditions only.
  • *Filter can be used to pick up dry and wet messes. Do not mix dry material such as concrete and drywall dust with water pickup. Wash and dry out filter between dry and wet uses when vacuuming these materials.
  • **The use of this filter alone within a RIDGID Wet/Dry Vacuum does not guarantee your RIDGID Wet/Dry Vacuum will provide HEPA System Filtration.
  • Also available in a 2-count, 4-count, 8-count, and 16-count (sold separately)
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Dimensions: H 8.75 in, W 6.75 in, D 6.75 in


Product Depth (in.)6.75 inProduct Height (in.)8.75 in
Product Width (in.)6.75 in


Appliance CategoryAppliance PartsBrand CompatibilityRIDGID
Brand/Model CompatibilityRIDGID Wet/Dry Shop VacuumsDebris TypeAllergens, Cold Ashes, Drywall Dust, Dust Mites, Fine Powders, General Debris, Mold, Pet Dander, Pollens, Sawdust, Wet Debris
Filter MaterialPaperFilter TypeHEPA
Filter UseHEPA FilterIncluded AccessoriesNo additional accessories included
Model CompatibilityFits RIDGID Wet/Dry Shop Vacuums 5 Gal. and LargerNumber of Pieces1
Package Quantity1Product Weight (lb.).6 lb
Returnable90-DayTools Product TypeVacuum
Wet/Dry Attachment & Accessory TypeVacuum Filter Cartridge

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Manufacturer WarrantyNo Warranty

Questions & Answers

Q:Can I use this filter to vacuum grass clippings dirt and vacuum standing water in my backyard?
by|Nov 5, 2023
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A:  Hello Carlos, Thank you for reaching out to us regarding our VF8000 filter. We're delighted to provide you with all the information you need. The VF8000 is a HEPA filter that is 99.97% efficient at filtering dry particles 0.3 micron or larger. This is a top-notch filter designed to meet your diverse cleaning requirements. Whether it's grass clippings or standing water in your backyard, this filter is perfect for the job. Its advanced technology ensures efficient and effective cleaning, leaving your surroundings spotless. Note that for large amounts of water pickup, we still recommend using the VF7000 wet foam filter to avoid water misting. In addition to its versatility, the VF8000 filter is also highly safe to use. It can handle any non-toxic, non-hazardous, and non-flammable substances in your environment. Rest assured that this filter will provide you with a clean and healthy living space without compromising on safety. If you have any further questions or concerns, our dedicated Customer Service team is here to assist you. You can reach us at 1-800-474-3443 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time. Alternatively, feel free to drop us an email at info@ridgidvacs.com. We appreciate your interest in our product and look forward to serving you with exceptional quality and service. Best regards, RIDGID

by|Nov 10, 2023
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    Great filter replacement, easy to install
    Wet dry vac filters are a maintenance item that can be easy to neglect as they are out of sight but important to the long term performance of your vacuum. I had gone a little too long before replacing mine and picked up the one. Installation is as easy as opening the vacuum, pulling down the wings on the old filter to remove it, and pushing the new one on. I used it to vacuum drywall and tile dust and debris that had fallen into my crawl space from a remodel above and the filter performance was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this and be buying in the future for my vacuum.
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    HEPA replacement
    I have an old 6-gallon Ridgid vacuum, and this filter is a perfect replacement. This filter is HEPA-rated, and there is a metal grid on the inside for support. One of my photos shows the difference between HEPA and non-HEPA. Detailed instructions are provided with the filter. A bit of overkill for installing and removing a vacuum filter. However, the instructions do provide information on cleaning the filter. This filter can be washed which will increase the life of the filter.
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    A good quality filter
    This filter is a well constructed filter. The frame work of the filter is a pliable rubber allowing it to seal well to the vacuum unit with no leaks. The filter material appears to be a good quality material with many pleats. The inside of the filter is supported with a wire mesh. The outside pleats are open for easy cleaning. The filter comes with instructions for installing on different Ridged vacuums. Using the vacuum with this filter shows no sign of reduction of vacuum force caused by a restriction of air flow. The filter does a good job of collection fine dust.
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    RIDGID HEPA filter # VF 8000 for shop vacs 5-16 gallon
    This RIDGID VF8000 HEPA filter is a perfect fit for my 9 gallon RIDGID wet/dry shop vacuum. Made much better than my old filter, It's a snug fit and will fit 5 gallon to 16 gallon RIDGID shop vacs. Locks in place and is a very snug fit to catch all the debris you are vacuuming up. This filter is 8.75 in high x 6.75 O.D. in diameter. This filter has a wire mesh on the inside to keep the filter from collapsing like my old filter did. This filter is washable and can pick up water, saw dust, pollens, dust mites, mold, cold ashes, fine powder, pet dander, drywall dust and many more things that this filter will catch. Filter can be removed when picking up liquids. This is NOT a paper filter, it's like plastic fins on the outside which makes it washable. ( my photos show the old and newer filter ) When washing out you can soak it in a container with some dish detergent for an hour or 2 then take out and hose it off and let fully dry before using it again, DO NOT use compressed air to blow off the filter, high pressure of air can damage the filter. Once again a great upgrade from the older filters that come with shop vacs from the manufacturer. Well made with silicone gaskets instead of the old rubber seals from the older filters. Great filter, pick one up for your RIDGID shop vac !
    • Recommended
    A better filter
    I like this RIDGID vacuum filter. I have an older 5 gallon vacuum that needed a new filter. The HEPA filter is the one I selected. Compared to my old filter these are a heavier construction. The plastic molding is thicker. Inside is a plastic netting reinforcement that will prevent a clogged filter from collapsing. Also, I think this one will get more of the fine dust I tend to produce. This one is cleaned by tapping and can be washed in soapy water. I’ll try that soon.
    • Recommended
    This filter has no flaws well made and fits tight
    I use my Ridgid vacuum all the time and the filter really does help to keep the dust down as well as protect the motor. I have a 12 Gal vac. That has a lable for VF7000 filters but this VF8000 fits also. After installing the new filter I can hear the vacuum running smother and not working as hard to suck up dirt and dust. My old filter was clogged up from vacuuming up Concrete dust when I resurfaced my Floor and used it to keep dust from filling up the house. I had a bag installed as well but the filter trapped all the fine particales. Bags alone do not stop all the dust from returning back into the air in the room a good filter is a must have. If you ever sanded drywall or grinded concrete you know the amount of dust it makes and it goes everywere in the house. A good Vacuum with a good filter is a must or you will spand days cleaning up the mess. My old filter was over a year old and I could of cleaned it one more time maybe but I beleive its time to replace before the fins just give out. When something works this good you stick with it. This filter has no flaw well made and does its job, fits tight and seals great.
    • Recommended
    Far better than the Original
    ​This filter (VF8000) is much stronger, better made than the Rigid paper filter that ships with most wet/dry vacs. The inside is reinforced with an internal mesh core. The outer paper feels much stronger, and it's washable (for a wet dry vac this seems so obvious, but the original (VF4000) is not rated for wet debris, I didn't know that. The top is a thicker rubber/silicon and the bottom has substance and is sealed against the filter wall, versus the paper filter whose bottom is very thin. Installation was very easy, pull off the old, dirty filter, and replace it with this new clean cartridge filter. Be sure to press down the center till it clicks in place, you see the plastic "V" holed jump into the center holding the filter in tightly. T This is a true HEPA filter filtering out much more than the standard filter. As soon as you replace the original filter with this filter you will hear a difference in the sound the wet/dry vac makes. T​his is a real upgrade​, it will also last much longer than the original paper filter.
    • Recommended
    Hepa filter for fine particles
    My review of the Ridgid HEPA Wet/Dry Vac Replacement Cartridge Filter for Most 5 Gallon and Larger RIDGID Shop Vacuums. Typically I buy the normal ridgid shop vacuum filters. This time I decided to give the new HEPA filter a in the vacuum I use in my vacuum in the woodshop. Upon first glance the Hepa filter is built better . It has an integral metal grill. Visibly thicker, the seals are bigger and the filter weighs more. Installs like a normal filter my uses a nut but it has quicklock technology for vacuums that have feature. Once installed you could tell the difference the air in shop seemed much cleaner. The filter is also reusable . So the extra cost is not that bad. I just got it so we will see how it works out long term
    • Recommended
    Excellent reusable Wet/Dry replacement filter for my RIDGID 5 gallon Shop Vac
    Great filter, but a little pricier than the standard Black one. It is however well worth the cost since you can wash and reuse. I tend to use the Black standard filters longer than recommended but I have found that if I take the time to clean the pleats (no water), it extends the life span. The one thing that can derail my process is if the standard filter gets wet as it becomes stiff, pleats stick together, harder to clean and clogs easily as the pleats are a kind of cardboard like material. The pleats on this Orange filter seem to be a synthetic like material that should maintain their natural shape and clean easily. I also like the mesh internals to provide a stiffer consistent shape. I can now use my RIDGID vacuum without concern of slightly wet areas and more importantly to remove excess water as needed in slightly flooded situations.
    • Recommended
    Perfect fit for my Ridgid shop vac.
    This new HEPA filter fits my Ridgid shop vac without issues. It's a very snug fit (like you'd expect a filter to be). There's an included instruction sheet on how to install/remove the filter from the vacuum. The manufacturer calls it a "Qwik Lock" system. Once installed it leaves no gaps for air to get around the filter. Fit and finish is excellent. The listed dimensions are: H 8.75 in, W 6.75 in, D 6.75 in. See photos below. The filter is of better construction than the OEM filter that came with the vac - see photo below. It's washable and reusable and, of course, can be removed when vacuuming up liquids and reinstalled for dry materials. In vacuuming up some sawdust from my basement shop floor there were no discernable "dust trails" or such coming out of the vacuum's exhaust - the filter appeared to catch everything being thrown at it. It should be noted that, when used in conjunction with a Ridgid shop vac, there is no guarantee that the filter will provide HEPA level filtration (I suppose that's because the manufacturer can't be certain that your vac doesn't have a leak of some sort). I generally wear a mask when cleaning up the shop; if you're sensitive to allergens and such you might want to do the same and not rely on the filter alone. There are other models of this filter for filtering out finer particles but, for my DIY home shop purposes, this filter does the job. It works as advertised (for me, YMMV) and is washable and reusable, and fits my Ridgid vac. Home Depot offers a 90 day return policy on the filter (see their website for details on that).
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