This new Ridgid wet/dry shop vacuum comes with a “bonus” LED-lighted car nozzle. Yep, that’s right – LEDs have now made their way into vacuum nozzles. The bonus nozzle is specifically sized for cleaning your car’s interior, where there are plenty of dark nooks and crannies.
Honestly, I can’t decide whether to mock the LED nozzle or wish it were available as a separate accessory that could be added to any standard 2-1/2″ vacuum hose or vacuum accessory. Putting LEDs into hand tools has become a silly practice, but a vacuum nozzle with an LED seems like it could be handy.
I suppose one could always use a Velcro strap or rubber band to secure a keychain-sized flashlight to any vacuum hose, nozzle, or wand. Even so, a built-in flashlight is going to be less clunky and harder to lose in the tight spaces inside your car, as well as under furniture or equipment.
I can also see why Ridgid describes the LED nozzle specifically as a “car nozzle,” but it looks like it could be an okay for cleaning small areas of a workshop or equipment that are covered in shadows.
The new vacuum, model WD1276, actually has some okay-looking specs, and it’s not too pricey either.
Specs and Features
- 12-gallon capacity
- 5.0 HP power rating
- 7 ft dual-flex locking hose (2.5″ diameter)
- 15 ft power cord
- Swivel casters (4)
- On-board hose and accessory storage
- Large top carrying handle
- 2 extension wands, utility nozzle, LED car nozzle, wet nozzle, VF4000 pleated paper filter, 2 filter dust bags
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
If you decide to buy the vacuum, consider spending a little extra for an optional Cleanstream HEPA-rated filter. These filters have non-stick surfaces that don’t clog easily, and when they do get dirty you can rinse ’em clean for reuse. It looks like you would want model 09093 ($33 via Home Depot) to replace the VF4000 filter that comes with this vac.