This RIDGID 14 gallon High Performance Wet/Dry Vac is designed to deliver the powerful suction, large capacity and rugged construction in a more compact design than is offered in our largest cart type vacs. The vacuums 14 gallon drum size helps us achieve a more compact overall design but it still provides a big capacity capable of handling large job-site chores. The 6.0 peak HP motor delivers the high performance necessary to handle these chores. Other key features include; a 3-layer fine dust filter captures dry wall dust, accessories are stored on-board, casters provide 360 degree mobility. Add a top handle with a cord wrap, heavy duty 2-piece drum construction, a large drain and you've got a wet/dry vac that achieves the demands of Pros on the job site or in the shop.
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95%of customersrecommend this product210 of 222reviews
Rating Breakdown243 reviews
95%of customersrecommend this product210 of 222reviews
With the recent rain, we ended up having our basement flood up to our 1 st stairwell step. We had purchased this shop vac for dry cleaning but were grateful it was a wet/dry as we ended up using it to clean up the water. It did a great job. The hose is of good length, the wheels were a nice addition as the need to move it while full of water was made easier with their additon. Came with a variety of add on tools and two heavy duty handle extension which helped reach all the hard to get to areas much easier. It made the messy and overwhelming job of cleaning up a big amount of water much easier and I was able to do it in a shorter time than expected due to having this larger version I'm sure. I would highly recommend it and am very happy with my purchase.
Pros: Cleans Edges/Corners Well, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Performs Well, Looks Great, Good for All Surfaces, Strong Suction, Great Value, Good Size & Lightweight, Easy to Empty Filter, Lots of Features, Nice Design
My other shop vac finally gave up the ghost, and on some good referrals from some woodturning forumites, I ordered this vac from HD. It is so much quieter than my previous vac (no earmuffs required!) and has much stronger suction. "Standard" hoses, fittings. Filter removal/replacement for cleaning requires no tools and is ridiculously easy. Lighter and smaller than my previous vac, this one lives under a bench, rolled out once a week or so for filter/tub cleaning. I normally don't do reviews, but this is just too nice a deal to pass up.
Pros: Easy to Use, Performs Well, Quiet, Strong Suction, Great Value, Good Size & Lightweight, Easy to Empty Filter
I owned a craftsman 16 gal for over 12-13 years - Bought this to replace it. this needs Improvements.. # 1 the two rear caster base, that acts as a holder for the two long pipes don't snug up tight enough to hold them in place, #2 the rear attachment bag that holds the attachments, loose don't snug up tight into the base unit. #3 the hose does not hold it self on top of the unit. The craftsman had a two sided "C" that held the hose on top of the unit when not in use. What I like so far is that the micro dust filter came with it, they cost 25-29$ alone, also the long power cord it nice. it's a little lighter then the craftsman due to the smaller base 14 gal VS. 16 gal...
UPDATE........ The company sent me an email asking if I will like to try a better acc. holder? I was in shock ! they sent me photos of the product / fedex me the new acc holder... works awesome, Wonderful Customer Service and care about the customer -- that Does Not Happen offten these days !
Pros: Performs Well, Good for All Surfaces, Quiet, Strong Suction, Great Value, Easy to Empty Filter, Nice Design, the company cares about the customer !!!
2 1/2 years after purchase it just stopped. Usage was under 40 hours. Decided to check switch since that is an issue with these. It's good. I can send the power head to Emerson for inspection. If they determine it was a defect, they will send a replacement. In any case, I'm out the shipping cost which is close to half of a new one. If not covered by warranty and I want the bad unit back, I would have to pay that shipping also. I think I can use my money for something better than that.
Cons: Build Quality, warranty useless
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Review 5 for 14-Gal. Professional Wet/Dry Vac
Best Shop-Vac in its Class.
PostedOctober 7, 2012
It has gone through heavy use for 2 years now without the filters being cleaned as often as they should. The only negative with this vacuum is the length and quality of the hose (for my uses at least). Everything else has been great with this.
I started off buying one of the much smaller Rigid wet-vacs, but got tired of emptying it out every few minutes and decided to return it in favor of one with a larger drum. I'm glad I did, because this model is by far the quietest wet-vac I've ever used and needless to say is quite capable in the suction department as well. This bugger is even quieter than our Dyson vacuum for inside the house. Anyway, I love stumbling upon a good product and so far this is certainly that. I've had it for just under a year and used it 5-6 times, so can't say anything about longevity yet.
This thing makes my little Shop-Vac 2 HP 5 gallon vacuum run into the corner and cry like the little toy that it is. I've only had it for a week and used it through a couple basement woodworking projects but so far it's amazing. The 5 gallon "other" brand vac would get clogged by a leaf. This Ridgid monster sucks up large plastic bags. The 5 gallon vac wouldn't pick up the smallest nails/screws or spilled rock salt. The Ridgid doesn't skip a beat.
If I had to come up with a complaint, it'd be that the large tubing is uncomfortable to hold when vacuuming for long periods. That complaint is quickly quelled by the tube fitting perfectly into my table saw/router table and other tools' dust ports, and absolutely no clogs yet.
I love the integrated cord wrap. The on-board accessory storage is kind of goofy, kind of clunky, but it is better than never knowing where the extensions are.
The small vac is going to the garage for permanent floorboard duty and my modest basement shop won't be without a REAL vacuum again.
Pros: Cleans Edges/Corners Well, Easy to Use, Performs Well, Strong Suction, Easy to Empty Filter, Lots of Features, Nice Design
I have only used it twice, once to clean out a pond which had a few inches of water. The bottom of the pond was very dirty and the vaccum worked very well in a wet environment. The second time was to clean up a drywall demo work area, also worked well. Cannot comment on durability since I have not had the unit long.
I felt compelled to write a review on this Ridgid Pro Wet/Dry vacuum because I was very surprised about the giant leap of quality you get from this vacuum compared to the black friday special or just one model below it. i have been wood working, metal working and (you might be surprised) use the vacuums on my 18'x36' salt water pool. First, I have owned MANY of these types of vacuums. I put them through their paces. I have owned the Lowe's ShopVac brand, which aren't bad, and the next level down Ridgids, which aren't bad either. Second, for just a $20-$30 price increase, you get about $100 in better equipment. There is a much better accessory holder and they don't go flying all over the place when you are pulling it around. It has a self contained cord holder which most other versions don't have and has a hose holder, which other versions don't have. The power switch is a lot better quality feel and makes a very positive on and off relay. It also comes with a much better filter which makes up for the extra cost of the vacuum right there. I could go on about the benefits of this Ridgid, but great quality, great price, and a lifetime warranty. It really is the way to go. I put a lot into reading reviews to help me in my making decisions on buying new products, so I really hope this helps somebody out to get a great product.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Performs Well, Looks Great, Strong Suction, Great Value, Easy to Empty Filter, Lots of Features, Nice Design
This is what happens when engineers and mgnt don't have a clue
PostedAugust 26, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
I had a 16 gallon Rigid wet and dry vac for about 10 years until the motor went out. Worked great, good vacuum, so naturally I went back to HD to get another, unfortunately HD didn't stock that model anymore, with Rigid having re-designed the vacuums. What a shame and waste! Had my local HD store had a display model of this unit, I maybe would have thought about the purchase.
The good features, the motor seems to have the same amount of power as before, so for a blower it still works great. Adding the cord mounts to the blower was a good idea. I have mixed feelings about the plastic redirection piece inside the unit to keep dust from being directly attracted to the filter. It doesn't seem to have affected the performance, at least not much, but it definitely has a down side.
Unfortunately, that's about all the good features. And so begins the bad, and incredibly stupid features. They changed the shape of the unit from a round base to an oval shape. That in itself isn't bad, but they added a lip around the top of the unit, so you can easily dump the contents without having to tip the vac to far, so you end up dumping a lot of what you cleaned up back out onto the floor.
To make it worse, they eliminated the trolley the vac used to sit on, and attached the accessary rack to the side of the unit, which because of the more oval shape is located on the side that you would normally dump the contents from, so you have to remove the accessories to empty it, and then you still have to contend with the rack. Duh!!!, you might want to re-think that in re-design.
They modified the filters adding a rubberized pieces to the bottom and top, along with changing the mounts to some piece that you slide the rubberized piece over. The only advantage I can see from the new arrangement is to increase sales of the filters when the rubberized pieces age and so you have to completely replace the filters instead of blowing them clean. Wasteful, but hey more sales of over priced filters. Hopefully the new bullet shaped mounting doesn't have issues because a simple plastic nut and screw wasn't fashionable enough.
The change of the shape of the vacuum/blower unit from a circle to an more oval shape means it won't fit onto the older style bases any longer. So even if I wanted to use the old base, I can't because the blower won't fit unless I would custom build my own top. So now I have a large plastic bin, fortunately I have the space for it, but that's a lot of plastic to be sending to the landfill if you don't.
Here's some tips for the inevitable redesign. 1) eliminate the lip around the top of the vacuum. 2) either take off the accessary rack completely, or move it down so the user has more space to put a bag around the top of the vac for dumping. 3) remember, this is a shop vac, not a indoor vacuum, so function is more important than form. 4) while it might generate more sales on over priced filters, the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle is still the best advice to follow for something that isn't an engineering marvel.
Unfortunately, I regret this purchase. The vacuum works warts and all, so I won't mark it less than a 3, but I won't recommend this to anyone. Having been a fan of Rigid tools, the poor engineering on this product will certainly make me rethink my next purchase.
This is my 3rd Shop Vac. I own a large steel unit that I love but it is too big and too heavy for use in my second story hobby room. I have had this 14 gallon unit for two months and it is great. Plastic parts are rugged and I love the accessory bag because it holds all of the accessories. The 6 HP motor picks up the wood shavings, plaster dust, saw dust and other debrie exceptionally well. I purchased a Hepa filter for this unit but I haven't needed it yet.
This wet/dry vac is everything I expected. Has great suction, nice design and is quiet compared to other models it's size.
Pros: Cleans Edges/Corners Well, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Performs Well, Looks Great, Good for All Surfaces, Quiet, Strong Suction, Great Value, Good Size & Lightweight, Easy to Empty Filter, Lots of Features, Nice Design, cool color!
I bought this RIDGID wet/dry vac for small-scale dust collection in my home workshop. What appealed to me was the boastful info card at the store that claimed this model had one of the highest suction levels and lowest noise levels of any wet/dry vac on the shelf. This was important to me because (1) I had been killing my wimpy, household Hoover vacuum by using it (improperly) to suck up dust & debris in the shop, and (2) I live in close proximity to my neighbors and didn't want a wet/dry vac that would sound like I was revving up a jet engine next door.
This model fits the bill nicely. The suction is definitely powerful -- dust and debris start to get sucked in when the nozzle is still six inches away -- and this wet/dry vac runs even quieter than my household vac.
The only downside, in my shop, is the vac's footprint. It's kind of short and squat -- about 20" in diameter; even wider with the accessory bag attached -- and gets in the way quite a bit. Obviously, if I had more space to walk around, this wouldn't be an issue. But in the small shop, it's a bit of an obstacle.
For pure suction power and low noise, though, at this price point, the RIDGID WD1450 can't be beat.
Yesterday while cleaning up some drywall dust my name brand shop vac died. Since I dont deal with lowes, 84 lumber, and a couple other places any longer I went to Home Depot to see what they had. This machine being the same size as my old one out performs it in every way. No dust flying out the top every time its used, Its quiet, more power than my old one ever had. It came with everything I could ever imagine needing for a shop vac.
Pros: Cleans Edges/Corners Well, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Performs Well, Looks Great, Good for All Surfaces, Quiet, Strong Suction, Great Value, Good Size & Lightweight, Easy to Empty Filter, Lots of Features, Nice Design
Powerful dry wet vac, lots of suction, a little heavy and bulky. I'm a big guy so it doesn't bother me but some of my smaller employees have a little trouble manuvering it. Over all I would reccomend this product.
Pros: Sturdy, Performs Well, Good for All Surfaces, Strong Suction, Easy to Empty Filter
I used this to clean out a very dirty fish pong. The suction was great and the I wanted it to do. I would have given this vac an excellent rating, except for the cons listed below: Pros: very powerful, easy to assemble, large capacity tank Cons: water discharge port is on the same side as the suction hose, thus you must turn the vac around to empty the tank, unless you want a pool of water at your feet. The blue filter must be removed and replaced with a special foam filter for use with large amount/dirty water (about $20), or it will not suck up the water. But they do not tell you this in owner's manual, just tell you to remove the blue filter. Had to call Ridgid to find this out. Handles on the side can be difficult to open to access the tank. Overall, it is a great vac for removing large amounts of water, and the Home Depot price is about $50 cheaper than through Amazon.
Have only had this Vac a short time and could not be happier! I bought this because of the 6 HP motor hoping it would have more suction and it does. We sometimes take our dogs in the car and vacuuming out the hair is a pain. The strong suction of this Vac cut that job in half.
Pros: Easy to Use, Performs Well, Looks Great, Quiet, Strong Suction, Great Value