Ridgid WD1450 14 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

By Ben Carmichael on Tool Reviews

Ridgid WD1450 14 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

Ridgid WD1450 14-Gallon 6-Horsepower Wet/Dry Vacuum Review

Of all the tools I consider essential, there is one that that people don’t often think of: the wet/dry vacuum.

Why is it so essential? Quite simple: it keep things clean and it helps keep you efficient.

In order to build things, you have to cut things. I remember how, when I first started working on house, my workbench would accumulate piles of sawdust from my miter saw — so such so that, at one point, I found the tool I had been looking for for 10 minutes buried in the sawdust. It wasn’t long before I had a wet/dry vacuum.

As someone working on their house outside of my everyday 9-5, I don’t have a lot of extra time. Those 10 minutes cost me frustration and they cost me time. Now, whenever I use the saw, I turn the wet/dry vac on and suck up all the dust as I’m creating it. I haven’t lost a tool since.

This is home DIY 101; a clean work area is an efficient work area that turns out more precise work faster.

In looking for a vacuum, I wanted something that would be a workhorse: powerful enough to soak up nearly anything, and durable enough that it would keep on working. In the process, it was tempting to opt for a cheaper model, but a wet/dry vac is a great example of the “you-get-what-you-pay-for” truism. Models below $70 are often models with a weak motor — they just don’t suck enough. And when it comes to wet/dry vacs, that’s bad.

Ridgid WD1450 14 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum Quality:

I was drawn to the Ridgid WD1450 14 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum for a few reasons, the first of which is Ridgid’s reputation for making a great product. (I wrote a review of one of their table saws for this site, which I also high recommend.) I was confident that in buying a Ridgid, I would not be disappointed.

The motor on this shop-vac is strong. It has handled all of the messes that I’ve thrown at it, from my table and miter saws, to garage clean-up, to some wet spills. Nothing has slowed it down.

It’s pretty easy to use, as well. The casters provide 360° mobility, while the top handle and weight make it relatively easy to pick up and carry.

It’s also compatible with other Ridgid products. For instance, I hook it up to my Ridgid table saw and capture all of the wood dust as it comes out of the saw, before it creates a mess in my shop. From my perspective, this is a big bonus.

Ridgid WD1450 14 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum

Value & Overall Impression:

For the price, the Ridgid WD1450 14 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum is a great wet dry shop/vac. It’s strong, it’s tough, and it gets the job done without failing. It’s the workhorse that simply gets the job done. I would highly recommend it.

Features Rigdid 14 Gal Wet/Dry Vacuum:

  • 6.0 Peak HP Motor provides powerful suction to handle tough job site clean-up
  • Scroll Noise Reduction® is a patented feature that provides quiet operation by precisely controlling the flow of air through the vac
  • 4 Swivel Casters provide easy 360° mobility
  • Quick Release on-board accessory holder offers storage space for 5 accessories plus the hose
  • 2-Piece Drum provides improved, more rugged construction to meet the higher demands found on the job site
  • 3-layer Fine Dust Filter captures fine dust particles such as dry wall dust
  • 7′ Dual-Flex® Locking Hose resists collapsing and adds 180˚ flexibility at both hose ends. Hose locks onto vac for uninterrupted cleaning
  • Large Carry Handle allows easy lifting of vac into service vehicle
  • Long 20’ Cord wraps neatly around carry handle
  • Powerful exhaust airstream can be directed through the vac hose to blow debris from garages, decks, and sidewalks


Drum Size 14 Gallons (US)
Peak HP 6.0
Air Watts 256
Voltage 120
CFM 179
Amps 11.0
Cord Length 20’
U.L. Listed Yes
Replacement Filters VF3502, VF5000, VF6000, VF7000
Accessory Size 2-1/2″
Shipping Weight 26 lbs.
Net Weight 22 lbs.




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Ben Carmichael

Writer / ACC Photographer / Videographer / Fly fisherman / DIY Fanatic

Ben Carmichael is a communications and marketing professional. He is a published editor, author, and photographer, and is the proud owner of an historic home in Carlisle Massachusetts. Built in 1684, the home keeps him busy. For A Concord Carpenter, Ben compliments the site's construction expertise with the perspective of an avid home DIY’er. Ben is also an avid fly fishermen. His website, New England on the Fly, is devoted to fly fishing in New England.

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