Woot.com the other day had the 535 series Roomba for $150 and I bit. New Roomba just arrived and is now charging where Roomba-kun used to be. Now I have two robotic vaccuums. Which may be two too many, but I really don’t care, because robots are awesome. In all seriousness though, at least I have another robot for vaccuum duty while I repair the broken gear assembly cover on Roomba-kun.
I don’t know how he managed to break that piece, it’s pretty far up in the unit and doesn’t seem to be anything other than a weak piece of plastic. Of course now I have this feeling that I threw away a “mysterious” piece of plastic a year ago. It doesn’t matter too much but it’s still bothersome since he does have a sharp jagged piece of plastic on his underside. It also looks like that piece also protected the gear assembly, since I can peer into its inner workings now.
I have the feeling that’s not supposed to be the case.
The new Roomba came with a brush cleaning tool which is fantastic and should have come with the original Roomba. I just used it on the old brush and removed so much entangled hair with one swipe. If you’ve got a Roomba and don’t have the brush cleaning tool, I cannot recommend it enough. It turns a disagreeable project into a simple step.
I have the feeling this new one wil be Roomba-chan, considering that the demonstration voice is female.