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Thread: New Shop Vac - RIDGID WD1450

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    New Shop Vac - RIDGID WD1450

    With some HD gift cards I upgraded my freebee shop vac to something more substantial.... RIDGID 14 Gallon Pro Vac WD1450. Its not a Fein or a Festool, but I have to save the real money for that new bandsaw.

    When we bought our house, the former owners left all kinds of junk in the basement. One thing that they left was this dinky little shop vac. I didn't have a shop vac so, I kept it. I was Ok....before I got in to wood working. Now it seems that my clean up needs have grown substantially.

    It had good user reviews online and Popular Mechanics rated highly. With the gift cards, the price was right.

    Popular Mechanics Magazine Wet Dry Vac Reivew:
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/home...o/4220931.html

    This is the part of their Pro line, which for the most part seem to have something they call "scroll noise reduction technology". It is supposed to make it run quieter. When I fired it up it ran a lot quieter than what I was expecting given its size. I actually think my freebee vac is quite a bit louder. This will be a big plus when I hook it up to my router or ROS.

    It also comes with a decent filter, down to 1 micron... or so they say.

    Vac Info from HD's site
    Ridgid 14 gallon pro vac 6 peak horsepower includes 2 extension wands, utility nozzle, car nozzle, wet nozzle and storage basket. This vac also offers new patented scroll noise reduction (SNR) technology which allows for powerful and quiet performance.
    Filter Info from HD's site
    Double pleated design captures fine particles at 99.5% efficiency like dust, drywall sanding and fireplace ash. Filter also offer microban™ antimicrobial treatment which protects and inhibits growth of mildew and bacteria which can shorten filter life.
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    Congrats, Sean. You'll like having a good vacuum in the shop. I don't know what I'd do without a shop vac.
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    Looks good Sean

    That is something I need to add to my shop a decent shop vac.
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    I have the 16 gal SNR and it's a great machine. Take an old pair of your wife's pantyhose over the filter and it will last about 10 times longer than without. If you don't, the pleats in the filter will pack full of material and the filters aren't cheap. Also, the generic 14 gal filter bags sold by HD will fit you machine (much less expensive than the Ridgid bags) and they are a real luxury when vacuuming dust.
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    Will the panty-hose trick work on most shop-vacs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Rupert View Post
    Will the panty-hose trick work on most shop-vacs?
    I would think so. I bought a CleanStream for my big Ridgid. You can hose them off although I have never had to do more than tap it on the inside edge of the trash can. I have a seperator so the stuff that gets to the filter is really fine. If I am lazy about cleaning it out the fines will pack in kinda tight.

    BTW, congrats Sean. You'll enjoy having that.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 01-03-2008 at 10:50 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Rupert View Post
    Will the panty-hose trick work on most shop-vacs?
    Works on any with a canister type filter...
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    Thanks Glenn and Chris. I'll have to give it a go!
    ~Scott

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    Sean, you made a good buy. I bought that model back before Thanksgiving and like it a lot. I recently added the HEPA filter....

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    How does it work? I need to upgrade my old 12 gallon 3.5 hp one. The bearings are shot and it well, lets say it doesn't suck. It gets used way to much.

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