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Review by Redoak49 posted 09-15-2016 11:20 PM 2554 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My 25 year old Craftsman shop vac finally gave it up and started making weird noises and electrical smell… time to pull the plug on it.

I looked over various Ridgid vacs and decided on the 14 gal. 6.0-Peak HP Wet Dry Vac. I know that there was a more powerful and larger vac but this one fit the size I needed and the cost was not too bad ($100). The one I got has the blue filter which is for fine dust but not HEPA rated.

Things I like about this vac—

—It is quieter than my old vac and not too bad.
—Has really good suction
—Rolls very well and not easy to tip over
—On/Off switch is easy and convenient
—Has a long cord

One minor issues that I have with it —

—The 2.5” vac hose is not very flexible but I use my 2.5” clear dust collection hose with it.

Overall, it seems to be well built good vac and so far I am really pleased.




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#1 posted 09-15-2016 11:47 PM

Thanks for posting this. It’s not every day something as mundane as a shop vac gets rated.
However mundane something might be, a review still has value for many of us.

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#2 posted 09-16-2016 01:32 AM

thanks for posting as I am thinking of getting the 14 gal. I need one to fit under work bench so the 16 is over kill. Friend has one he uses with bags in small shop and loves it.

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#3 posted 09-16-2016 01:05 PM

I have this same vac connected to my Dust Deputy cyclone. It’s all I use for dust collection and has worked great for two years now. My vac is the hardest working tool I own.

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#4 posted 09-16-2016 03:04 PM



I have this same vac connected to my Dust Deputy cyclone. It s all I use for dust collection and has worked great for two years now. My vac is the hardest working tool I own.

- ScottM

Ditto, here, got it on my dust deputy. Absolutely love this vac. Got it when I bought my house, a housewarming present from my brother-in-law. Love the super-long cord.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#5 posted 09-16-2016 04:20 PM

I’ve got the 16 gallon with the stainless tank. Don’t know how I got along without a shop vac. I can’t imagine not having one now.

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#6 posted 09-16-2016 04:33 PM

Glad to hear they are at least a little quieter now. I have a large Ridgid vac that is a few years old now, and it absolutely screams. Even with high quality headphones mine was intolerable, so I had to switch to a dust extractor.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 09-16-2016 08:31 PM

I have the exact version of this vacuum connected to my dust deputy, it has been working fine for 3 years. Absolutely love it. It is cheap and effective.

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#8 posted 09-17-2016 03:28 PM

I use and like mine as well. I find that HD replacement bags are expensive and I have switched to Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Shop-Vac-9066200-Gallon-Disposable-Collection/dp/B0009H5LE4

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#9 posted 09-21-2016 08:59 PM



I use and like mine as well. I find that HD replacement bags are expensive and I have switched to Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Shop-Vac-9066200-Gallon-Disposable-Collection/dp/B0009H5LE4

- Desert_Woodworker

Are you using those on this same ridgid vac? I was reluctant to go with a different brand as I didn’t know if it would fit correctly.

I have the same vac and like it quite a bit. I got mine with the detailer pack or something like that which included some more attachments and longer narrower hose. I think if I were to buy again I would pick up the one that has the detachable motor that can be used as a leaf / sawdust blower. sometimes I’ll pull the motor out of the bucket and switch to the outlet side and use it like a leaf blower that way.

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#10 posted 09-22-2016 12:51 AM


I use and like mine as well. I find that HD replacement bags are expensive and I have switched to Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Shop-Vac-9066200-Gallon-Disposable-Collection/dp/B0009H5LE4

- Desert_Woodworker
yes

Are you using those on this same ridgid vac? I was reluctant to go with a different brand as I didn t know if it would fit correctly.

I have the same vac and like it quite a bit. I got mine with the detailer pack or something like that which included some more attachments and longer narrower hose. I think if I were to buy again I would pick up the one that has the detachable motor that can be used as a leaf / sawdust blower. sometimes I ll pull the motor out of the bucket and switch to the outlet side and use it like a leaf blower that way.

- grantd


-- Desert_Woodworker

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#11 posted 11-29-2016 10:46 PM

I have the stainless steel version of this and think it is great. It is quiet, and powerful, what more do you need in a shop vac! I like the large capacity, but its size is a hindrance at times. I use it for home renovation projects as well as in the shop, and it can be a bit unwieldy to navigate stair cases, narrow doorways, etc, but that likely isn’t an issue for most people. I am thinking of picking up a smaller Ridgid shop vac to dedicate to my miter saw.

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#12 posted 01-03-2017 01:56 AM

I’ve been using this with a dust deputy for 3 years. Works great.

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#13 posted 02-09-2018 05:34 PM

I have two of these. My first one burned out after about 5 years. So I went to Home Depot and purchased another one not realizing these have a lifetime warranty. I contacted Rigid and explained that I didn’t register the vacuum, but the tech support guy said to just clean the motor/head unit really good, box it up and send it back with my address. Two weeks later I had a brand new vacuum, that is still in the box in my attic. You just can’t beat this for customer service, and despite my first unit burning out, this is a really fine vacuum.

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