Today we’re taking a look at the RIDGID 6.0 peak HP NXT wet/dry shop vacuum from Home Depot (Model #HD1400) (SKU# 304795071). This is one of the highest horsepower vacuums from their RIDGID line up and we have been very pleased with its performance. This is a shop vac that is powerful enough to used by professionals, but cheap enough that your average home user can justify purchasing one as well. This vacuum comes in around $110 and for the price represents a really good value compared to other brands.
The question is, does RIDGID make good shop vacs? Today we’re going to break down all the of different things we like and dislike about this shop vac and show you all some performance tests that we have done. Spoiler alert, we really like this thing.
RIDGID 14 Gal. 6.0-Peak HP NXT Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
This RIGID shop vac really packs a lot of power with a 6 max hp motor and a large 14 gallon tub to match. You’ll find that for home use this machine is more than adequete to handle anything you throw at it like cleaning up home projects, vacuuming your cars and cleaning your shop. For professional use, this machine can be a very good option as it is inexpensive and has the amount of power you would expect out of a shop vac.
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Features We Like
6.0 Peak HP Motor
When purchasing a shop vac you should really pay attention to the motor size and get the biggest you can afford. The bigger the motor the happier you will be with the vacuum’s suction power. This RIDGID vac has a 6.0 max HP motor which provides you with very strong suction on both dry particles and liquid. The amount of power here is amazing for the price and you will be presently surprised at how well this machine handles cleaning up large messes.
In our tests we did both dry and wet vacuum tests and were blown away at how fast this machine could suck up a 5 gallon bucket of water. If you would like to see this test check out our Youtube video here.
Heavy Duty Plastic 14 Gallon Drum
This vacuum is offered in both a stainless steel drum (10 gallons) and a hard plastic drum (14 gallons). We inspected both vacuums and really liked the plastic version as it was a lot more durable. The stainless drum felt too thin where as the plastic drum felt solid and less likely to break. We were afraid with the stainless drum being so thin it would bend if we laid it over on it’s edge to dump out a full load of water. We don’t think it would have handled the weight too well.
Connecting the top piece of the vacuum to the drum is very easy on the plastic version and we found the side clamps worked well. Keep in mind the top piece can only go on one way (tub drain facing forward). The tub size of 14 gallons seems perfect as it’s not too heavy to empty and still provides plenty of capacity.
These shop vacs use a 3 layer dust filter that is inexpensive and easy to purchase from your local Home Depot or online. That was a major selling point for us because we could pick up a new filter while we were grabbing supplies for a new project at the store. There is nothing worse than having to special order filters from a manufacture and waiting for them to come in the mail.
Filter Numbers: VF5000 (Fine Dust Filter), VF6000 (Hepa Media Filter) and VF7000 (Wet Filter)
20 Foot Power Cord
The cord was plenty long and it stayed nice and wrapped up on the top of the machine away from the vacuum hose. We like this design because it keeps the power cord away from the vac hose and reduces the change of them getting tangled up if the cord comes undone. The plug on the cord has a notch where you can attach the plug to the cord to hold it tight. Overall very happy with this design.
360 Degree Casters
The vacuum comes with 360 degree casters making it easy to pull around via the hose while you’re vacuuming. Be sure to make sure the casters are fully inserted when assembling out of the box and consider adding adhesive to them if you do not plan on taking them off. This will make sure they don’t work their way loose after extended use.
There is an exhaust port allowing you to use the vacuum as a blower if needed. It’s easy to attach and only takes a few seconds to switch the hose over to the exhaust port.
Vacuum Hose Management
There is a side clip that allows you to secure the hose to the machine while traveling. This works well and is easily reachable, so you’ll find yourself using it a lot.
There is a drain valve on the bottom allowing you to drain liquids out of the tub to make more room for physical debris. This is great when you’re working in wet areas and don’t want to constantly drain the tank.
For example, we had a sprinkler valve break and it leaked a ton of water in the sprinkler box making the area unworkable. We were able to suck up the water with the shop vac and then crack the valve to drain the water without taking the top off. We did this multiple times while working on the new valve and it saved us a lot of time not having to disassemble the vacuum each time to empty it.
You will get an extended wand making it easy to vacuum while standing as well as two attachments for vacuuming floors. The main wand attachment narrows down the hose to a rectangle shape which gives it more suction power.
Features We Don’t Like
No Fasteners On The Casters
The casters of the shop vac attach via a “snap in” system. This is rather weak and they can come off if enough pressure is put on them. We wish RIDGID would have added some small bolt holes to attach them to the canister permanently.
The included hose is 7ft long, but we wish they added about another 2 feet. Keep in mind you can make and add extra hose lengths (sold separately), but we wish it came with a 9ft hose out of the box.
RIDGID 14 Gallon 6HP Plastic (HD1400) vs. RIDGID 10 Gallon 6HP Stainless Steel (WD1060)
Plastic Drum vs. Stainless Steel Drum
Our initial impressions of both of these vacuums was good, but we slightly preferred the plastic drum more. The overall construction of the plastic drum seemed more durable as the stainless steel barrel seemed thin and easy to bend. Our main concern was ob-longing the barrel if we tipped it over on edge to drain a heavy load of liquid during a messy clean up.
We also liked the capacity of the 14 gallon drum compared to the stainless steel’s 10 gallon capacity. That being said, if you are looking for a shop vac that takes up less space, then the stainless steel is definitely a better choice as it is a bit narrower.
Both units have the same horsepower rating and perform identically. The 6HP motor preformed very well in all of the tasks we have thrown at it.
Both units are the same price and come with the same attachments. The only difference is the drum itself.