The iRobot store is selling their Looj gutter-cleaning robot for $70. Based on the comments we got on this one, it definitely doesn’t work on all gutters; but if it works on yours, it could turn the chore of gutter-cleaning into a pleasant and easy experience — certainly well worth the price.
If George Jetson’s giant floating habitat pod had gutters, a little robot like the Looj would probably be up there cleaning them. This kind of purpose-built tool screams both “Future!” and “Gimmick!” — but the little tracked gutter-runner does appear to work.
The general idea: You lug the Looj up to the gutter, pop it down in the channel, and, via the remote, send it down the line with its rotating brush spinning up a storm and clearing the debris in its path. The agitator throws all the newly churned-up mess out of the gutter and onto the lawn, where you can dispose of it in any number of ways –- at least in theory.
We’ve checked out the videos and heard some stories here and there about how it works — but our question is, does this really help? Or is it a machine that’s designed to separate you from $100? Let us know in comments.
Our illustrious leader Chuck Cage wrote about his hands-on experience with the iRobot Dirt Dog back in December 2006 — yet how many of us are still working in a shop with a dirty floor? Both my hands are up. Now Fry’s is selling the Dirt Dog for just $100, so there’s no excuse for a dirty floor. iRobot designed the Dirt Dog for workshops and basements, with specially designed counter-rotating brushes that spin at almost 1,000 RPM to pick up dirt and debris that clings to rough surfaces. The Dirt Dog comes with a 14.4V rechargeable NiMH battery and a power supply.
Tired of cleaning the muck from your gutters? iRobot claims their Looj 120 robot makes the job a lot less painful. The Looj is waterproof up to one foot and will clean standard K-Style gutters with a 500-rpm 3-stage auger system that breaks up clogs, lifts out debris and brushes the gutter clean. And it’s on sale right now for $100.
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The folks at iRobot tell us that the idea for the Dirt Dog originated with existing Roomba customers. “If I can have a personal robot that vacuums my house for me, why can’t you make me one that cleans my garage or my shop?” they asked. Thus was born the Dirt Dog. Think of it as a Jeep with a lift kit and knobby tires compared to the Roomba’s Toyota Camry.
Of course, having not owned a Roomba, we were more than a little skeptical about whether or not the ‘Dog could handle the rough outdoors. iRobot was kind enough to loan us one to test in person — and test it we did. How’d it fare? Surprisingly well. Read on past the jump for details and lots of pics.
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