portable wet dry vacuum cleaner
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Different Needs, Different Vacs: Portable

Uses: Cleaning up small jobs, such as patching drywall, sanding wood, or clearing out a dryer duct.
Capacity: 1 to 4 gallons.
Features: Small, easy-to-tote tank with handle. Some are cordless, with batteries from 12 to 18 volts. Cordless handhelds without a hose are not very powerful; those with a hose are 1 to 2 peak hp.
Expect to Pay: $30 to $100, plus another $80 for a battery for some cordless models.
Shown: DeWalt cordless or corded wet/dry 2-gallon vac; about $100; homedepot.com
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