RIDGID 6 Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum Review

Ridgid 6 Gallon Wet Dry Shop Vacuum
Ridgid 6 Gallon Wet Dry Shop Vacuum. © Ridgid / Home Depot

When you first buy a house that needs to be remodeled, you have to buy a lot of "starter" tools and equipment, like a ladder, broom, drill, mower, and a load of other things.  A shop vacuum will be one of those "first items."  Within the context of that initial big spend, you might be tempted to buy a cheap vac.  After all, a shop vac is a dumb-simple item.  How hard can it be to make?  And anyway, you can always upgrade later on down the road.

Bad thinking.  That was my mindset when I purchased the Ridgid 6 Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum, along with a ton of other items, when I bought my latest house.

This Ridgid does vacuum.  It's cheap.  But it has a lot of extra problems that make me wonder if the product designers were asleep at the wheel when they created this little beast.  

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Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Performs the basic functions of a shop vacuum.

Cons

  • Swiveling casters fall off.
  • Wayward hoses.
  • No home for power cord.

Description

  • Ridgid 6 Gallon Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum WD0670 
  • 2.5 Peak HP Motor
  • Included paper filter

Detailed Review

Sometimes you think positive thoughts too soon. Three months ago, I bought the RIDGID Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum and felt it was generally good. No glowing praise, but I felt it passed muster.

Now, after owning the vacuum for over 3 months, I feel qualified to speak my mind: It's kind of driving me crazy.

The only good thing going for it is its price.

This Ridgid performs the basic functions of vacuuming and blowing. Period. It's cheap. That's why Home Depot stocks this vacuum so prominently at the ends and center of aisles. It's basic and cheap.

Don't think of lifting this vacuum. The wheels will fall off.

No amount of tapping with my rubber mallet will get those wheels to stay on for good. I have construction-glued these casters in place. Now, they are solidly there--but I can never remove them. And really, why should I be repairing a new vacuum? Ask yourself that.

There is no place to store the hose when not in use.  The hose hangs loose and gets in your way when you try to pick up the unit.  I improvise by making a tight knot of the hose, but it's an ugly arrangement and it often comes loose.

Did we mention the power cord? No place for the cord. Thank goodness for those wayward hoses, or we wouldn't have a use for the power cord.