You can only imagine the number of messes you'll be creating when finishing your basement, so a shop vac is essential in making the clean up easy. Shop vacs are better workshop vacuum cleaners than regular uprights for several reasons. First, they're lighter and take bumps and bruises better. They have a wide, flexible hose that allows them to suck up bigger pieces of debris, and they have different filters and bags that work to contain different types of materials, like drywall or dirt. You can also clean up water, which you can't do with a regular vac.