Ridgid Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum Review


The Ridgid Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum Review: A Look Inside

We have reviewed several corded wet drying vacuums from various brands such as Ridgid, Makita, Bosch, and others. All of them are very good at what they do but none of them offer the same level of performance or value compared to their corded counterparts. One of the major reasons why is because all of these vacuums require regular maintenance and cleaning which is not always feasible or even desired.

Ridgid’s new cordless model, the HHD0918, solves this problem by eliminating the need for regular servicing and cleaning. The HHD0918 features a large capacity 18 volt Lithium Ion battery pack with up to 1 hour run time. Its compact size makes it easy to store and transport.

Additionally, its ergonomic design allows for easier operation.

It comes with a dust collection system that includes two removable filters that fit over the top of the filter housing and one inside the filter housing. You can adjust how much air is allowed into each filter using a small knob located on either side of the unit. The dust collector itself fits snugly against your wall making removal and replacement simple if needed.

The HHD0918 comes with a set of standard tools that include a crevice tool, brush, and blower. There is also a soft carry case with a shoulder strap for easy transport.


One of the most important factors when it comes to choosing cordless tools is how much power the batteries can produce. This is often measured in volts. A higher voltage means more power and longer run times.

However, newer 18-volt batteries can produce plenty of power to handle most jobs around the house.

The HHD0918 features an advanced Lithium Ion battery pack that has a much longer life span than older NiCd and NiMH batteries. They are also much lighter than older models which lessens operator fatigue.

Most cordless tools only come with a standard charger but the HHD0918 ships with an “Intelligent” charger. This means it has the ability to tell when your battery is fully charged and will stop charging immediately. This prolongs the life span of the battery since older models would continue to charge the battery even after it was full, which reduces the overall life span of the battery.

Most cordless drills only come with one battery but the HHD0918 comes with two which doubles the run time. This allows you to always have one battery that is ready to go while the other one charges. The charger itself is a fast charger and will usually fully charge a battery in under an hour.

If you are in a hurry you can also use the included 12-volt car charger for quick boosts of power.

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While using any cordless tool you have to be very careful not to completely deplete the battery. Doing this too many times will greatly shorten the life span of the battery. The HHD0918 solves this problem by including an “Energy Star” rated battery with a fuel gauge.

This gauge is a digital display that shows the level of charge remaining in the battery.

Speaking of power, the HHD0918 packs plenty of it. It’s powered by a strong 7 AMP motor that produces enough power to handle most jobs. It easily drills through wood, metal, and concrete and its hammer action can be used for demolition work.

As with all cordless tools the HHD0918 is only as good as its bit and accessory collection. The HHD0918 does not disappoint in this area either. It comes with a selection of the most commonly used bits and pieces including:

1/4″ Hex Shank Crown Stapler Bit

1/4″ Hex Shank Framing Nail Bit

1/2″ Square-Shanked Demolition Bit

1/2″ Square-Shanked Nail Remover Bit

2-1/8″ Hole Dozer Bi-Metal Hole Saw

2-1/8″ Circular Bi-Metal Hole Saw

2-5/8″ Hole Dozer Bi-Metal Hole Saw

2-1/4″ Hole Saw with Center Mark

2-1/4″ Circular Bi-Metal Hole Saw

3-1/2″ Decking/Brick Masonry Bit

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4″ Grout removal Bit

4″ Holesaw

Angle Grinder Blade

Blade guard

Carbide Scraper

Diamond Core Drill Bit

Glass Balanced Drill Bit

Grout Removal Bit, 4-1/2″

Quick Change Chuck (1/8″, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″ & 1″)

Reversible Drill / Driver Bit Adapter (3/8″ & 1/2″)

SDS Plus Chuck (1/4″ & 1/2″)

Smooth Drum Sander Pad

Spade Drill Bit, 5″

Tacklife tools are covered by a 3-year limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship.

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The 7 AMP motor is not a load type motor and can handle heavy loads without a problem.

The HHD0918 is bit less expensive than your average high-end cordless drill.

It uses a standard chuck so you can use any standard drill bit, attachment or tool.

The HHD0918 is relatively light weight at 3.2 lbs so extended use will not be a strain on your hands.

The HHD0918 is sold as a bare tool (no battery or charger included).

The HHD0918 uses a Lixx battery and not a DeWalt battery. While the Lixx battery can be purchased for around $20, they do not last as long as the higher-end DeWalt batteries.

More than one review complains about receiving a defective unit. While this seems to be rare it can always happen when you buy anything. If this should happen, Tacklife has a good reputation for standing behind their products.

While I have not used the HHD0918 myself, the reviews are very good for this tool. Owners love how much power it packs in such a small package. With so many great features and at a decent price it would be difficult to go wrong with this unit.

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A quick change chuck is always a very handy feature to have especially if you do a lot of work with various sized bolts and screws. Having to constantly take the drill bit in and out every time you want to change the size is not only time consuming, but it is very easy to lose the small drill bits.

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The HXP 184CV also has a very useful feature, a built-in LED light. This is a very handy feature to have as many times you are working in areas that are a little darker. The LED light also helps illuminate the work area better enabling you to see what you are doing.

The only real drawback with this tool is price, it is much more expensive than your average cordless tool. But if you do a lot of work around the house and on your vehicle this tool may be well worth the extra money.

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If I could only have one cordless power tool this would be it. The Milwaukee 2601-22 18V M18 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0 Battery Fuel Gauge is a very versatile tool.

Whether you need to drill a hole, drive a screw or remove a stripped bolt this tool can handle the job. In addition it has enough power to take care of most projects you may have around your home.

If you are using a cordless tool for any length of time the batteries will eventually need to be recharged. With this tool you can change out the battery with a freshly charged one and keep working. This is a very handy feature if you are working on a project and don’t want to constantly stop to recharge the battery.

The Fuel Gauge lets you know how much power is left in the battery. This is very helpful if you need to know when the battery needs to be charged.

I would definitely recommend this tool for anyone who needs a cordless drill, driver or impact driver. It is lightweight and easy to handle and you can switch from drill to driver mode with the simple turn of a key. The only thing it can’t do is remove stubborn nuts and bolts.

For that you will still need an impact wrench.

The M18 Fuel Gauge Lin, M18 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0 Battery and USB Charger are all sold separately. So if you already own some of these tools you will only need to buy the batteries and charger.

If you don’t have any of these tools I would highly recommend buying the Fuel Gauge Line along with at least one M18 REDLITHIUM XC 4.0 Battery and a USB Charger. This way you will always have a charged battery ready to go.

If you have an extra battery you can always keep it on charge so you will always have a backup.

The Fuel Gauge Line is the latest in battery technology. It has advanced sensors that let you know the remaining power left in the battery. This lets you know when it needs to be charged and more importantly lets you know when it is time to call it a day.

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Overcharging is bad for any lithium-ion battery so this feature will prolong the life of your battery.

You can still use the M18 Fuel Gauge battery in the older M18 tool. If you already own some of the older M18 tools and only need to purchase a battery this is a great buy.

These M18 Fuel Gauge batteries are also compatible with some of the other Milwaukee M18 series products but not all. You can look up which ones will work on the Milwaukee website.

The Fuel Gauge is available in all the standard battery sizes for the M18 series tools. The standard battery sizes are: 0.5Ah, 1.5Ah, 2.0Ah, 4.0Ah and 5.0Ah.

The Fuel Gauge can be a little more expensive than the older style batteries. But if you are using a cordless tool every day I believe it is well worth the money. You will be glad you did.

As with all power tools, you also need to take care of your batteries. The two most important things for extending the life of your battery are to keep it charged and store it properly.

You may be tempted to leave your battery on the charger all the time so you can quickly grab it and start working when needed. This is not a good idea and will shorten the life of your battery. The best way to store battery is at about a 40% charge.

Keep in mind that if you are using the tool on a regular basis that the battery will never stay at this charge level for very long. So you may need to recharge it every so often or use a Battery Tender or something similar to keep it fully charged.

The other thing to remember is to keep the battery cool. This is especially true in places like Florida where our cars are parked outside and are subject to hot temperatures for days on end. If you leave the battery in the car over a weekend it will likely be dead when you return because of the heat.

You can store it somewhere else, but even then you need to make sure it does not get too cold either. The best thing to do is keep it some place that has air flow, but no open flames and not in direct sunlight. The standard recommendation is to keep it some place around 75 degrees F.

As with any power tool, you also need to make sure you don’t damage the battery in any way. Don’t let the battery come into contact with water. If it should leak, don’t try to wipe up the fluid with paper towels or anything else that will conduct electricity.

Take the battery out of the charger before performing any type of maintenance on the charger itself. Don’t try to hammer in a nail or anything else that could deform the battery.

In addition, don’t drop it and definitely do not shoot it with a gun. This is probably the number one cause of battery issues. Just remember you are holding a $100 item in your hand that you don’t want to shoot out from underneath you.

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Not to mention it is bad for the environment.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to dispose of used or old batteries properly. Most places do not allow you to just throw these types of batteries in the garbage. You may need to take them to some place that has a special battery disposal area.

You should also make sure you don’t short circuit your battery. This could very well cause a fire and it also could cause the release of harmful chemicals into the air. So if the battery fluid leaks out or is shot out, it can’t come into contact with other metal objects like coins, keys or even a fork.

Basically you need to treat the battery just like the tool itself. You wouldn’t drop a miter saw on the ground and expect it to work properly. The same holds true for the battery.

Finally, if you follow these tips you will get the most life out of your battery and prevent any potential problems. In many cases, this simple advice is often overlooked by professionals who are too busy or just don’t care about their tools.

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