Summary: I purchased this vacuum cleaner to help me around the yard, I was attracted by it's ruggedness and the videos I watched on the Ridgid web site. Surprisingly enough, I purchased a house with a 20 year old sprinkler system, where this vacuum really performed is helping me dig holes to repair old sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads. Saved me a lot of time digging down below the pipe to saw, put in new fittings and fill the hole in again.
Summary: My kids surprised me with a new Shop Vac for Fathers day. It was the Lowe's 14 gallon wet dry. In the process of assembly, it was clear that this was not a quality product. The canister was thin walled and the tool caddy was cheaply made and did not secure the attachments. We returned it and replaced it with this unit from Home Depot. Much better quality construction, smart tool caddy and the handle makes it much more maneuverable.
Excerpt: I just purchased this Ridgid 16 gallon Wet/Dry Vac. The model is a WD 1851 and I got it at Home Depot for $160. I’m upgrading (I hope) from an older ShopVac I had that’s at death’s door. This machine seems very nice so far. Nice power cord length and cord seems to stay cool when running. The switch is right up front and very easy to operate. The included hose and accessories aren’t bad either. The motor is rated for 12 amps but you won’t find that on the packagin...
Excerpt: This weekend I went and bought a new shop vacuum. My old crappy one from Lowes was not even powerful enough to vacuum plane shavings.. I went to Home Depot and bought their most powerful one. For $159.00 it is money well invested. It comes with a 16 Gallon tank and plenty of accessories. The port is a standard 2 1/2 ” which is one the the reasons I bough it. There are adapters available to go from 2.5 to 4” and hook up to tools like a planner. This thing is a beast.
Summary: I bought this shop vac vacuum about two months ago (somewhere else). I use it for dust control when grinding & cutting concrete for repair. It's important to maintain a high air flow rate, yet continue to operate in a fine dust environment. This vacuum works well. I have run it nearly continuously for six hours, only stopping once to clean out the filter and empty the case.