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Post# 414597   10/4/2019 at 22:34 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 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 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 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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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 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 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 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 by dysonman1 (Missouri Ozarks)        

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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 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 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.
builtinvacuum.com/parts/all/bags...
This next one has the opening more towards the middle of the bag.
builtinvacuum.com/parts/all/bags...
This last one has the opening at the top but the bag is smaller, it holds around 3.75 gallons I think.
builtinvacuum.com/parts/all/bags...


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

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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 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 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 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 by broomvac (N/A)        
Completion

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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 by Lesinutah (Utah)        
Nice

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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.
Kes


Post# 415720 , Reply# 16   11/11/2019 at 00:23 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 by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

That black unit looks good!

Post# 415795 , Reply# 18   11/11/2019 at 18:42 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!





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