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I own this vac. I use it primarily for use in my garage wood shop for a dust collector on my saws and to clean up after cutting. I also use it for around the house for my own DIY projects. Being a roofer I seldom get to take it into the field, although when we are doing a skylight install I bring it for the cleanup.
I once took this vac up onto a flat roof to clear out a roof drain that was filled with debris. The clog was over 20' below the roof, so I bought some extensions and after it sucked up the water, in conjunction with a pump, it managed to suck up the rock too.
I researched alot of vacs at the time. I settled on this one and am glad I did.
You just can't find a better balance of price and performance than with pretty much any Ridgid vacuum. I own this particular model because with 4 swiveling casters, I can drag this vacuum around by the hose making it very easy to move around. I used to have the cart version with the 2 large fixed wheels on the back, however it was extremely cumbersome and for only another 2 gallons of capacity, it was not worth it.
A tip, be sure to have a range of filters for maximum performance given the job, a fine dust for drywall sanding, a normal filter for general debris and a wet filter for sucking up wet debris. Also, the vacuum bags may seem expensive, but for really dusty jobs they keep the suction strong for a long time with all the surface area.
I owned a couple of shop vacs before buying this Ridgid about 5 years ago. I added another about a year after that. Never an issue. I did recently upgrade to the orange hose that cost about $30. Don't bother with it. Smaller diameter which clogs easy, and starts unraveling too.
i have blown up 2 of these in the last 6 months, its dedicated to the TS and i use cleanstream filters that i clean out everyday.i had at 1 time 4 rigid machines but down to 1 now . i replaced the otheres with shopvac to see how that works out. i have a vaccum on every machine in my garage workshop so not sure what im doig wrong other than the fact that the TS one is in a cabunet thas sound proof,YES i have it exausted out of the cab but thats the only thing different, i know that it has to be something with the cabinet but what ? so i stuck a shop vac in the same cabinet without any mods to see what happens :/ costly trial YES but what can i do
Its a good vac, lot of sucking power, but the hose is too small. Its good for indoor cleaning or small things. IMO the smaller hose is more frustrating to work with, even sucking up leaves, it gets clogged up. And the wheels are too small on all shop vacs.
I've had a few of the ridged shopvacs over the years. They last. They get clogged and you need to clean or change the filters when suction sucks. I've tossed a few of these after wearing them down/out but kept the solid hose attachments. Maybe someday I'll string them all together and vacuum the house from the comforts of my truck. Standard equipment really.