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Post# 414597   10/4/2019 at 22:34 (303 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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It has been waaaay too long since I last posted here, hasn’t it? I’ve had some exciting new changes in my life which have been taking up my time, but I’m back.

Anyways, today I was again bestowed good luck when I discovered this NSS M-1 “Pig” for $100 on Craigslist. These sell new for $2000ish, so I certainly don’t feel ripped off. I mean, how likely am I to come across another one of these, anyways? These are as niche as vacuums come; Pigs are janitorial units aimed for essentially detailing the edges and rafters of buildings, and at a steep price, too. The gentleman from whom I bought it said he got it from a liquidator’s auction, which makes sense. This pig probably broke it’s original owner’s piggy bank. 😅

Honestly, it’s absurd. Until today, I thought that Royal vacuums were tough. I’m sure that with it’s personal-pan-pizza-for-an-impeller, it could max out all of y’all’s anemometers, too.

In all seriousness, this is a great and very unique vacuum. I feel fortunate that it is a recent model M-1 and in such superb condition. Not a trace of bearing noise and no wear on the bag. The only issue is that it is missing the wands and attachments. Since the NSS kits are expensive, I will likely source a universal set.

I anticipate having some time in the coming weeks to wipe the dust off it, and when I do, I’ll return to this thread with some better pictures. In the meantime, enjoy these.

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Post# 414599 , Reply# 1   10/4/2019 at 22:38 (303 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I’m not sure if the earlier models drew 12 amps, but this modern Pig does. Also, can anyone identify when exactly this was made? The last 4 of the serial no. leads me to think that it was produced In the 48th week of 2012, but to me it doesn’t really seem right to have the date at the end of the number.

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Post# 414603 , Reply# 2   10/4/2019 at 23:16 (303 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        
Bag recommendations?

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I see that NSS bags are rather expensive and aren’t even the “fleece” type. From reading on this site, I see that shop vac bags and Kirby bags will fit. I’m more tempted by the HEPA shop vac bags since they have more area and should handle the extreme airflow better. Any other suggestions?

Post# 414604 , Reply# 3   10/4/2019 at 23:16 (303 days old) by huskyvacs (Midwest)        

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The instruction manual has 2009 on the copyright date, yours very well may be 2012.

Post# 414610 , Reply# 4   10/5/2019 at 01:45 (303 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I used Shop Vac HEPA synthetic bags only twice in my Pigs-got them from Lowes-only two packs for 6Gal Shop Vac vacuums.The bags had a plastic adaptor rather than cardboard as the paper bags do.Had to sand the inside down slightly with a Dremel tool for them to fit the Pigs bag horn.They did work well!! wish I could get those again-settle with orig equipment NSS bags or the yellow "Dry Wall" Shop Bags.With effort you can force their cardboard collars on the NNS Pigs horn.They work better than the white Shop Vac bags which the airflow of the Pig can burst them.

Post# 414750 , Reply# 5   10/8/2019 at 17:59 (299 days old) by vacuumdevil (Vacuum Hell )        

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Thanks for sharing the NSS pig is one of my favorite machines,

Post# 414764 , Reply# 6   10/9/2019 at 00:22 (299 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The Pig is my favorite as well use them at least once a day!

Post# 414768 , Reply# 7   10/9/2019 at 11:15 (298 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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Use the cloth Simplicity/Riccar hepa CENTRAL VAC bags in the pig. They work perfectly. My NSS-Pig is the anniversary model made in 2011 for their 100th anniversary. Mine is number 1 of 100. It was a gift from NSS.

Post# 414897 , Reply# 8   10/13/2019 at 06:54 (294 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Dysonman1 any particular type # or model on these bags-that way I can ask the Simplicity dealer here if they have those bags.Right now have a large stock of original factory NSS paper bags.

Post# 414903 , Reply# 9   10/13/2019 at 13:16 (294 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
bags for the pig

If the Pig will take central vacuum bags, more than likely one of these would work.
This first one has the opening towards the top of the bag.
This next one has the opening more towards the middle of the bag.
This last one has the opening at the top but the bag is smaller, it holds around 3.75 gallons I think.

Post# 415667 , Reply# 10   11/9/2019 at 20:06 (267 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I found some HEPA cloth bags at Menards which should fit. They have a cardboard collar, hold 8 gallons, and are made by some nondescript shop vacuum brand. Will let you guys know how they work!

In the meantime, I have (finally) disassembled the Pig as far as the scrap trap so that I could remove some wrapped hair. This vacuum is just silly, but I like it. I feel like I’m working not on a vacuum, but on a power tool or a piece of yard equipment. There is a very unobstructed line of sight to the commutator from the opening for the rear axle on the underside of the unit, which made me lol. Don’t stick any screwdrivers up there!

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Post# 415676 , Reply# 11   11/10/2019 at 00:30 (267 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I am using some DVC Filtrete type central bags marked on the package for NuTone.These only hold a few gallons.They work well.No Menards in my area-would love to see them move out East.Like Lowes and HD they should go nationwide-not just the West.Was in one of their stores in Rapid City,SD-VERY nice store!BETTER than Lowes or HD.

Post# 415683 , Reply# 12   11/10/2019 at 02:27 (267 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        
The first time I ever saw one of these

I thought to myself: "Wow, what an odd, ugly contraption." I was in high school and the janitors used these in the carpeted classrooms. They had the yellow ones with the big bags that puffed up on top that looked like blue jean material. I did notice that they barely made any noise. I thought they looked older than the hills.

But nowadays I love them. Built like a tank and very powerful. If I ever can get my hands on a new one I will buy it.

Long live the Pig!

Post# 415685 , Reply# 13   11/10/2019 at 06:28 (266 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

By all means Get a PIG!!!!You will love it!!!Aside from central vacuums-the most powerful canister out there.

Post# 415709 , Reply# 14   11/10/2019 at 22:37 (266 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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Today, I finished cleaning my pig and got a good refresher on why I am to never, ever “treat” myself to a shakeout Sanitaire.

I opened up the Menards bags and they’re good. At $10/bag, I’d call these monsters absolutely perfect if the glue attaching the collar to the filter media didn’t seem so...suspect. Hopefully, we won’t have a blowout. If so, I’ll try the Taco central bags.

This pig is ready to be put to work cleaning my car, garage, workbench, and doormat!

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Post# 415711 , Reply# 15   11/10/2019 at 22:41 (266 days old) by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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I have came across older pigs with 10 amps. They looked like they were used hard.
I wasn't about to buy a vacuum that would cost quite z bit for rebuild.
You have 12 amp newér version. It looks in great condition
If I'm guessing value $800-$1000 that's my opinion.
Very nice pig.

Post# 415720 , Reply# 16   11/11/2019 at 00:23 (266 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Don't just relegate your pig to cleaning the car,doormats,garage,or benches--It can clean your WHOLE house!!!!Have used mine to do that!Yours is a later black 12A version.Have two of these.My newest one came with a grey bag.

Post# 415724 , Reply# 17   11/11/2019 at 04:49 (265 days old) by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

That black unit looks good!

Post# 415795 , Reply# 18   11/11/2019 at 18:42 (265 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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@Les—Thank you! I feel fortunate to have come across this one, especially since it is one of the newer 12 amp units. More power = more better.

@tolivac I believe it! The thing is, I already have a Dyson UP14 Total Clean, Dyson CY18 Animal, Dyson V7 Animal, Dyson DC34 Multi Floor, Riccar Rad.1, and two German vacuums—Sebo X7 and Vorwerk VK 117–to clean my new place. Plus, all of my previous collection is still stored safely in my closet at my folks’ house. My garage, however, has no vacuum. The pig suits it perfectly! 😊

Now that I typed that list all out, it sounds a bit like I have too many vacuums. I swear, I’m not a vac hoarder. Haha.

@electromatik Doesn’t it? Thanks!

Post# 418149 , Reply# 19   1/4/2020 at 21:49 (211 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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So, I’ll shamelessly wake up my own thread, once again, for another update. For those still listening...😅

Pro tip: backpack vacuum attachments pair very well with this vacuum. On eBay, I spent about $80 between two items: a generic 10-foot 1.5” dia crush-proof hose and a generic set of backpack vacuum attachments, complete with steel wands, carpet nozzle, floor nozzle, upholstery nozzle, dusting brush, jumbo crevice tool, and reducer down to 1.25” dia. Not bad. I was pleasantly surprised to find space for all of my new attachments to ride onboard!

I removed the machine end from the old, beat up hose and simply squeezed it onto the end of the new hose to adapt it to the pig. Disassembling the old hose wasn’t easy, but the end result is sweet.

Now my pig dines regularly on leaves, sand, rock salt, gravel, and whatever else my car drags onto my garage floor. I also clean my porch, entry hallways, car interior, and workbench with the pig. For these tasks, it’s ideal.

The Menards HEPA bags have survived the punishment, too. No explosions yet.

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