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Black & Decker S500 ScumBuster Cordless Power Scrubber

3.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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  • Handheld power scrubber removes dirt and grime from a variety of household surfaces
  • Rubber overmold provides easy-grip surface and fully submersible design
  • Extension handle for hard-to-reach areas; cordless operation; powerful motor
  • Includes 10 versatile scrubbing pads and brushes and a storage caddy
  • Measures approximately 14-5/6 by 10-2/3 by 6-3/5 inches; 2-year warranty
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Product Description

The ScumBuster tub and tile scrubber tackles not only the most dreaded of all tasks - cleaning the bathroom - but now busts the dirt and grime everywhere in your house, yard or garage. The hand-held ScumBuster effortlessly cleans all types of surfaces, including spots on carpets, outdoor furniture, barbecues, car bumpers and grills, tires hubcaps, bathtubs, pool surfaces, tiled walls and hundreds of other surfaces with a variety of scrubbing pads and brushes. The ScumBuster can be safely submersed in water buckets, sinks or tubs.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.8 x 10.7 x 6.6 inches
Item Weight 4 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.3 pounds
Manufacturer Black & Decker
ASIN B0000E6EE6
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number S500
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3.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #269,447 in Home and Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home and Kitchen)
#190 in Home & Kitchen > Vacuums & Floor Care > Vacuums > Handheld Vacuums
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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First off there is an error with the pictures of this item. It does not come with the standard Black & Decker removable battery and standard charger (this is a negative in my book as we have other B&D tools and have the battery packs and charger). This has an internal Ni-Cad battery. So you must follow Ni-cad rules, completely use the battery prior to charging. I used it for over an hour cleaning my tub which it did a great job on, also the tub had not been cleaned for 8-10 months so it was quite a task. The task was beyond my own elbow grease and needed a motorized hand. It has alot of power and YOU DO NOT NEED TO nor should you push down hard with this unit. It gives you no added scrubbing power and will actually reduce the effectiveness. Let's face it, the end of a scrubby brush is the most effective part not mushing it down and having the sides of the bristles rotate. It will not clean and will disfigure the scrubby brush. It is quite effective without force, and had the power to even get away from me especially with wet hands. If you have loose caulk, this will remove it. It works best when you allow it time to break apart crud, it's not a magic wand to be quickly waved over grime. Instead it equalizes the playing field. Now you have the strength to work up deep dirt and grime.
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For $35 I think this is a great tool to help speed up routine cleaning. The scouring pads and brushes work well for cleaning showers and tubs, and the bottle brush type attachment can be forced inside shower door and sliding door tracks to get off all the film. Since the unit is submersible, you can use while showering, which is a really nice advantage.

I'm able to get nearly an hour of use off a single charge. As noted elsewhere, the key to using the Scumbuster properly (and avoiding running down the charge) is not to press to hard. As with an electric toothbrush, pressing too hard simply bends the bristles and slows down the motor.

There is a good collection of cleaning accessories for hard surfaces, autos, and carpet. I've not tried the carpet cleaning attachments yet (scrub brush and nap lifter), so those applications will be a bonus.

As noted by another reviewer, this is not a magic wand. It's not powerful enough to remove extreme buildup from neglect, so if you need a sandblaster, this device is not for you.

If the Scumbuster cost $75, I might be disappointed, but all in all, for $35 I think its a very worthwhile item.
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Scum Buster purchased September 2004

Model # S500

Catalog # SB450

Negatives:

*A low voltage battery means low power output to the motor, so one can not put a great deal of pressure on the device without bringing the motor to a stop. As the challenge of the job increases, the performance of the Scum Buster substantially declines.

*After depletion, the rechargeable battery can NOT be changed out for a fresh battery! This means that after approximately thirty minutes of use, your cleaning project will stop for a minimum of six hours while the permanently installed battery is being recharged!

*When the battery finally does die and can no longer be recharged, an entire new scrubber must be purchased, not just a battery! (Now there's a marketing ploy!) There is no mention of this fact anywhere in the documentation; one only learns of it when contacting customer support.

*No replacement accessories immediately available through the direct channel or from local retailers; must be specially ordered. (I make my own cleaning pads instead.)

Positives:

*Lots of different attachments make it a very versatile hand tool.

*Does a great job on minor cleaning applications.

*Easy clean up and totally submersible.

Summary:

While the Scum Buster is advertised as being, "...powerful," reality reflects that it is marginal at best. A non-replaceable rechargeable battery is a major design error, which is inconvenient and costly for the consumer. The newest edition of the Scum Buster is a bust!
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older. I don't like housework, so this is fabulous for getting those dried spills on the rangetop cleaned with minimal effort. It comes with lots of attachments but I haven't tried them all out yet. This won't do the work for you, but it will make the work a whole lot easier. I went after my range with it with great results, then turned to some dried on spills on the floor and they were a lot easier to clean up than I anticipated. It's worth every penny if housework is just not your thing.
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I've been wanting this gadget for a while and finally got it yesterday. I hate scummy shower walls, but hate cleaning them even more. I just finished cleaning the tiles in my shower and it took all of 10 minutes between setting up the Scumbuster up to rinsing out the sponge! The actual cleaning part took maybe 5 minutes! You could see the reddish mildewy dirt run down the walls. I used a much less toxic cleaner in a scent that I can tolerate (Method grapefruit rather than my ususal toxic smelling pine cleaner) and it got the job done. The tiles make a squeak sound when you rub your finger over them - and no more film! I'll probably clean more often now that i know it won't take as much elbow grease or time as it used to! Great $35 product!!
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