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irobot's roomba: birds, bees & bots
« on: December 26, 2018, 06:23:48 AM »
I've vacuumed the regular way since I was old enough to.

Got the irobot roomba model #550 vac bot for the old homestead yesterday . It actually works. Goes about its business collecting dirt, turns itself off if it gets into a jam or full of stuff, and when tired finds its small charging station and docks to refresh its nimhs for 3 hours.

Fun watching it move about. You think that it will never find its way out from under the hope chest but it does.

Felt confident that it would be okay on its own downstairs so went upstairs to work in the office. After a bit I heard something so I went downstairs to find that the roomba had knocked the swiffer out of the corner and was trying to, well, uhhh, ummm, get over it I guess. It was on top of it and rocking back and forth. I might say something about vacing up some of my cialis but I wont. Probably just trying to eliminate the competition thanks to programming from the manufacturer. I wonder how it would react to a Dyson...

It takes some regular cleaning of the modular innards to keep it happy but, you know, its fun to have around. Kind of like a cat or dog. Sometimes its asleep and at other times its banging around.

For cleaning tools, besides the yellow gizmo that came with it, I use a bristle paint brush to sweep dust out of it, small folding sissors to cut hair and thread from the rollers and my HD shopvac to suction the filter and other parts of the roomba.
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Re: irobot's roomba: birds, bees & bots
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 12:02:42 PM »
Yeah... sounds about right.  Ours was trying to mate with an old keyboard my daughter plays with half an hour ago.

I got my wife one for Christmas, so... ask me in 6 months what I think of it.  It's still "learning the house" and has spent, near as I can tell, the past 15 minutes trapped under my daughter's bed, removing any and all dust bunnies it can find.  Just found it's way out, from the sound of things, and is cleaning the hall for the 10th time.

We live in a dusty/gritty area (gravel driveway, hillside of dirt, etc), so having something roaming and cleaning up the crud regularly will, in theory, lead to a cleaner house.  With a 3 year old and a 6 month old, my wife hasn't really been feeling like she's keeping up on vacuuming, and usually one kid or the other is asleep or napping when I get in, so it's not easy for me to do passes in the evening.

We'll see.  I'm optimistic it will help keep things tidier.  How much of that is the robot, and how much is "we have a valid excuse for none of us to leave crap laying around on the floor," well... *handwave*  If it works, and all...

Definitely not something I'd buy if we were on a particularly tight budget.


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Re: irobot's roomba: birds, bees & bots
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2018, 03:44:26 PM »
I bought mine 4 years ago and still love it.