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I have found that the motor in the 12 gal 5 hp wet/dry vac only has about a 60 hr. lifetime then burns out. I have go through 3 vacs a month and have finally changed brands because the Ridgid just has not improved quality.
What did the people at the Ridgid Service Center have to say when you returned those vac for replacements? Have they seen similar failures with other people? Don't get the wrong impression, I'm not insinuating that you're abusing those vacs it just seems strange that they all failed after approximately the same 60 hours of usage.
I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
If you really work your vacs look at the Milwaukee #8912 which has a quality 3 stage Lamb (Made in USA) motor that can be fully rebuilt and it does last longer too. This machine doesn't come cheap but over time if worked hard it pays off. http://www.milwaukeetool.com/webapp/..._192222_192137
Another real work horse if it is for dry dirt only is the NSS model M1 (PIG) vacuum. You have to get them through a special janitorial floor machinery type of dealer. The Milwaukee can be ordered from any serious Milwaukee dealer. The same with accessories for it.
With your short life Ridgid vacs are you sucking up drywall dust? If yes, you need a special super filter and the same applies for other brands too. The Milwaukee uses a huge collection bag along with a secondary filter. They are good soot eaters.