November 18, 2008

iRobot Looj: Hands-On Experience

looj.jpgOver a year ago, we wrote about the iRobot Looj gutter cleaning robot. At the time, we thought it looked pretty cool, but it turns out that looks aren't even half the story. A fellow who runs a blog called der5er had some hands on experience with the tool and the results are somewhat less than spectacular.

...Add to this the fact that if a pine cone happens to be directly under a gutter support bracket, the Looj gets stuck. About halfway down the gutter I ran into this problem. I tried backing it up and ramming it forward a couple times, but I eventually had to climb up on the roof (or move my ladder) and manually remove the pine cone.

Read the entire experience here.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 18, 2008 4:49 AM
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Thanks! I look forward to reading your readers' comments!


Posted by: Greg Epps at November 18, 2008 10:54 AM

I bought one of these pre-release. My biggest problem is I don't like the way it lifts the edges of my shingles if I want it to blow stuff out of the gutter. The other option is to have it rotate in the direction where it won't try to lift the shingles - that throws the stuff back onto the roof to get washed right back into the gutter. I need to remember to put it on CraigsList ;)


Posted by: RevRagnarok at November 18, 2008 7:27 AM
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