ShopVac makes awesome vacuums. I have used this model for both wet and dry vacuuming. It picks up water very well, but you definitely need to make sure the vacuum is cleaned out before attempting to vacuum liquid. Forunately, it is very easy to clean. As far as dry vacuuming, make sure the vacuum is cleaned out because it tends to fill quickly. When the vacuum starts feeling heavy, its time to clean it out. This vacuum will pick up the items that would break almost any other vacuum. It will get coins, nails, screws, cereal, dog and cat food, pet hair, bits of paper, etc. The only problem I have had with this vacuum is socks. A sock will plug the hose faster than anything else, and can be difficult to get back out. Socks tend to lodge themselves in the middle of the hose where it is hard to reach. Also, an extension cord might be helpful because the cord of the vacuum just doesn't have a long enough reach for my vacuum needs. Then again, I do use this vacuum for the whole house, not just a garage or basement. All in all, it is a good little vacuum.
Bay City, MI