I purchased this vac because it was time for me to get a new shop vacuum. This vac resembles a Craftsman (costs $20 more than Ridgid, but only has 1-yr warranty) by design. When I use the blower, I remove the top from unit; & the blower mode works REALLY good. Before I bought this vac, I had a Craftsman 16 Gallon W/D vac (w/o blower) & a Craftsman electric leaf blower (both worked good) but I wanted this 2-in-1 unit so I don't have to deal with too many tools. I upgraded to HEPA filter since I use the vac often; & purchased the 5-pc car detail kit.
Date Purchased: 12/2008 Price Paid: $80 Recommend: Yes
Shop vac converts to leaf blower 2 1/2" dia. tools Powerful suction 16 gallon capacity Lifetime warranty 265 mph blowing velocity Doesn't take up too much storage space
A bit loud Cannot use bags for easy dirt disposal Cannot mulch leaves/branches Crevice tool, dusting brush & floor brush sold seperately