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This particular tool may not seems as exciting as a new anti-vibe hammer or a sweet high-tech cordless drill — until you’re trying to clean up the shop.  We have one of these in our shop, and it makes quick work of whatever crap we’ve managed to fling everywhere.

It’s the first one we bought, and it’s been going strong for a couple of years now.  Our guest in the last podcast said he’s been through a couple of different brands and keeps coming back to this one.  What’s your experience been?

The pictured model is RIDGID’s model WD1245, which features a 5.0 peak HP motor, a 15′ cord, and an internal filter.  It’s not overloaded fancy gimmicks — it’s just a good, solid vac. 

Other things we love about ours: the hose locks into the vac base so you can drag it around via the hose, and all the accessories (pictured) store right on the base so you’ve always got them with you.

Street pricing hovers around $100, and of course you can always find them at your local Home Depot.

12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac (Model WD1245) [RIDGID]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


5 Responses to Finds: RIDGID’s 12 Gallon Wet/Dry Vac

  1. Myself says:

    My experience has been, with all shop vacs, that filters are the weak link. Either they won’t stay on right, or they don’t trap anything on its way through, or they’re unavailable after a few years, or they’re obscenely expensive in the first place.

    Also: Why do shop vacuums always have 4 wheels, when the office-chair folks seem to understand how much more stable a 5-wheeled arrangement is?

  2. Michael says:

    I’ve been using my Rigid (same model) for about 3 months. Makes a big difference when I’m sanding (I use an adapter on my Bosch sander). Still using the same filter (I shake it out, then take it outside and blow it clean with my compressor). I’m very happy with it. The hose lock is why I bought this model.

  3. Ken says:

    I have a Shop Vac wet/dry vac and you can put vaccuum bags in it to collect dirt. There are several different types of bags one for general use and one for fine dust like drywall.

  4. Cory says:

    I scored mine for $27 at Home Depot the day after Thanksgiving. This is the second year that HD has had this model extremely discounted the day after Thanksgiving, keep that in mind for next year.

  5. Tom says:

    This is on my christmas wish list. They had sold out of the $27 ones when I got to home depot.

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