I purchased the Ridgid WD1450 "professional" wet/dry vac I was asking
about last week. The quotes around "professional" are mine, as the
ratings Ridgid provided were obviously designed for the "homeowner" type
of user. I'd expect a professional vacuum to be rated according to
scientific measurements like inches of water column and dB rather than
Peak Horsepower (assuming weak horses, naturally) and arbitrary sound
As far as value for the money is concerned, it looks to be a good buy.
For just over $100 you get a servicable and quieter than some shop
vacuum. You'll still have to talk loudly to get over it, but it's
nowhere near as bad as many of the others. If I had to guess, I'd guess
the level was somewhere around 75-80 dB.
Included in the box is an upgraded filter (it said it had a VF5000, but
it looks like the VF6000 HEPA filter was installed), small accessory kit,
and a 2 1/2" hose. I was unimpressed with the included accessories: A
wet floor sweep (might be useful, but you have to purchase a wet filter
separately), small floor sweep that's all plastic (the ones with brushes
work better), and a "upholstery" attachment that's really a blower
An additional purchase was dust bags, because it just doesn't make any
sense to me to get all dusty cleaning out a vacuum that's supposed to
keep you from getting all dusty. They're not too cheap at 2 for $15, but
it does take a while to fill one.
After connecting the vacuum to the table saw and cutting some dados, I
noticed that not only was the process neater but the dado blade seemed to
cut easier. I guess the vacuum pulling the chips away from the blade
helped quite a bit.
There's only 1 speed on this vacuum, and no electrical plug in. If you
must have those features, you'll have to buy something else.
Filtration seems to work correctly. Dust is trapped in the vacuum and
not just pulled away from the work area and redistributed. I suspect
that the Ridgid power head sees very few changes to be used on the HEPA
certified models. (This is just my suspicion. I haven't looked much at
the HEPA models and I could be 100% wrong. It wouldn't be the first
Drawbacks include combination of the small casters under the unit and the
long cord and short hose. This means the vacuum wants to follow you as
you work, but often winds up getting caught on its own cord. The hose is
not antistatic nor is it grounded, but not much static builds up anyway.
It's certainly not enough to be annoying.
The wet filter is a separate purchase, so while there's a squeegee floor
sweep included the vacuum cannot be used for wet stuff out of the box. A
little annoying, but that's why I keep the Shop Vac around.
One plastic clip that holds the head to the bucket is a little tight (I
used a prybar to get it off) but that seems to happen with most plastic
clips. Maybe it'll loosen up after a few cycles.
The "jet stream" out of the back is designed for use as a leaf blower. I
just don't see the point as a leaf blower is lighter than the vacuum,
needs no filter changes, and just as noisy. To blow tools off using the
vacuum, the best thing to do is set the vacuum hose in the direction of
an air compressor blow gun and blow the dust into the vacuum. I consider
the leaf blower feature to be just a marketing bullet point thing.
Overall, this is just a simple vacuum that's a good value for the money.
It's not overly loud, but could be quieter. Dust control seems to be
effective, with no noticable dust escaping out the exhaust. Ridgid's
dust bags are on the expensive side, but perhaps aftermarket bags will
solve that problem.