RIDGID accessories are designed with functionality and long lasting durability in mind. Tackle a wide range of cleaning activities more effectively and efficiently by selecting the right tool for the job. From hard surface wet and dry cleaning, to carpet, to high volume liquid pick up, to detailing in tight spots, even pumping water from one of our drain equipped drums, thereâs a RIDGID accessory to help you get the job done faster and more easily.
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77%of customersrecommend this product30 of 39reviews
Rating Breakdown41 reviews
77%of customersrecommend this product30 of 39reviews
I'm not disappointed that I bought this, but I can't say that I couldn't live without it either. I suppose any reduction in shop noise is a good thing, but this Noise Reduction Muffler barely made a difference. If it were more than $10 I would have been annoyed.
If you really want to reduce the noise, build a wooden case with insulation to hold the whole unit. More expensive, but will greatly reduce shop noise.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight
I think this muffler qulets the noise down of my 4 gallon Ridgid only slightly. It's biggest benefit is to difuse the exhaust to keep things from blowing all over the place when the vacuum is in use. Many other reviews have mentioned this fact and it's true! In fact, when I bought this part today, another gentlemen was buying one, also, because of the same problem. Personally, I think Ridgid should include this part, or something similar, to help with the exhaust problem. If a person had a small length of PVC that would fit in the exhaust hole, it would be easy to cap it off, drill some holes, and you'd have something for free that would do the same job. So, think about picking one of these accessories up if you get a Ridgid vac (or other brand) if keeping flying dust and debris to a minimum is important to you.
I added this to my RIDGID 4-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac model WD4070. You can hear a difference. Used a digital sound level meter from 3' and measured 91 dB without the muffler and 88 dB with the muffler in place. It does intrude a bit on the tool storage pocket's capacity. I don't have a way of measuring any loss of suction power but can't imagine there would be any comparing the effects of the 3-ply dust filter with this open cell diffusor. So, yes, it does technically reduce the noise. Overall the quality matches the RIDGID vac including the locking clip. The adapter isn't needed for the WD4070.
It was not obvious to me that this muffler fits both large and small Rigid vac's. It has a built-in adapter that can be removed for the smaller (2-1/4") ports. I wish the description was a little clearer on this. When something only says "2-1/2" on it you assume it won't fit other sizes because USUALLY they list ALL the sizes it fits. I wasted a bunch of time and money on adapters only to find out when I got home that it DOES fit smaller units. I shoved a wad of steel wool in it to cut another 2-3 dB of noise. Works very well even without that mod.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Easy to Install, Nice Design
Most of the noise made by Rigid Vaccums I've used is from the motor and not by the blowing air out the back. The title/discription of the product is thus misleading. If you read the box, it says it's an air difuser which is much more accurate.
My suggested uses: I actually bought this not for it's noise reduction capabilities but for two other purposes which it serves quite well! 1. Difuse the air blowing out the back, working in a dusty environment the outlet often blows the dust around making it harder to clean, this difuses the air so it's not blowing so hard in any one direction. (This also prevents water from blowing out the back when sucking up water.) 2. When sucking up dirty water (like when my sewage backed up in to my basement) the vaccum will suck up all the floaties which easily clog the pump attachment... Using the difuser at the end of the vaccum to suck up dirty water acted as a filter that helped keep the pump clear of debris.
Conclusion: If you're looking to prevent dust from blowing behind the vac or using it as a filter for wet debris while using the pump I'd recommend it. If you want it to reduce noise, it ain't happening with this device.
On of the principle drawbacks of using the Rigid Shopvac was that the exhaust is very powerful and tended to blow any dust around. This muffler solves that problem nicely. When it comes to noise reduction it is (subjectively) only 20% effective in reducing noise level as much of the noise is generated by the motor and its cooling fan.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy to Install, controls exhaust blast
Purchased this for 1 reason only, thats to diffuse the flow of air coming out of the exhaust of my vac. I haven't really noticed a drop in noise, considering my vac, is relatively quiet to start with, but what I couldn't take was when vacuuming up debris and or saw dust, I am blowing debris and sawdust thats still on the ground all over the place. So I can't recommend this for noise reduction, but def. recommend it for air disbursement.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Clean
This muffler attachment works well to disperse and re-direct the exhaust air. For me, this has been worth the cost. It does not, however, muffle the noise much, which is suppose to be it's primary function. And, although well made, the muffler certainly is costlier than a piece of plastic with a piece of foam should be.
I attached it to my vac to reduce the noise but all it did was cut back some on the air outlet. It didn't cut it back enough to reduce the noise in my perception. I don't expect anyone to want a noise meter test. I still needed earplugs. "Muffler" seems to be inaccurate in the description of this product. Key instructions left out . " Turn power on , then leave the room."
Like a lot of others said, this works much better as a diffuser than a muffler, and is the only reason I bought it. My 12 gallon Ridgid no longer blows dust and debris all around when I am trying to vacuum up my messes. My wife thinks it's also a little more quiet now, maybe it is, but it's a shop vac, and shop vacs are loud. The Ridgid also sees double duty as a house vacuum since it works better than our similarly priced dirt devil for all but large carpeted areas.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, High Quality, Easy to Install, Nice Design