iRobot 12501 Looj 125 Remote Controlled Cordless Electric Gutter Cleaning Robot With Belt Clip
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- Belt clip to free up your hands and make it easier for you to climb a ladder.
- Works with standard K-style, aluminum, copper, metal or vinyl gutters
- Internal antenna provides great range and reliability up to 40-feet away
- Smart speed moves slower going forward to clean thoroughly and faster going backwards to finish its mission quicker
- Flexible auger delivers the power needed to blast through clogs
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Blasts through dirt and debris and brushes your gutters clean. Avoid climbing and repositioning a ladder multiple times while juggling tools and over reaching from dangerous heights. Simply place the ladder in one secure spot, put iRobot Looj in your gutter, remove the remote control, and let it go to work.•Belt clip to free up your hands and make it easier for you to climb a ladder
•Works with standard K-style, aluminum, copper, metal or vinyl gutters
•Internal antenna provides great range and reliability up to 40-feet away
•Smart speed moves slower going forward to clean thoroughly and faster going backwards to finish its mission quicker
•Flexible auger delivers the power needed to blast through clogs
From the Manufacturer
Cleaning gutters can be a dangerous and time consuming job but it is an essential part of home maintenance. Gutters need to be cleaned regularly to avoid water damage, overspills and ice dams. Plus, dirty gutters create a breeding ground for carpenter ants, mosquitoes and other pests. Now there's an easier way to maintain your gutters. The new and improved Looj blasts through dirt and debris and brushes your gutters clean. Avoid climbing and repositioning a ladder multiple times while juggling tools and over reaching from dangerous heights. Simply place the ladder in one secure spot, put iRobot Looj in your gutter, remove the remote control, and let it go to work. The iRobot Looj’s wireless remote control has up to a 40-foot range, moves the Looj forwards and backwards, and changes the rotational direction of the auger to ensure complete debris removal. Looj attaches to an included belt clip to free up your hands and make it easier for you to climb a ladder. Less than 2-1/4” high, 3-1/4” wide, iRobot Looj propels itself through your gutters, under gutter straps and over downspout holes. It uses a three-stage flexible auger to break up clogs, lift out the debris, and brush your gutters clean. Spinning at 500 RPM, the high velocity auger delivers the power needed to dislodge, lift, and toss wet leaves, pine needles, and other debris out of your gutters and away from your home. The iRobot Looj cleans up to 150 feet of linear gutter on a single charge. Waterproof up to 1 foot of water, clean-up is fast and easy; simply remove the wireless remote control and hose off any leftover debris. Now there's an easier, faster way to clean your gutters and protect the investment in your home.
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On our house, the gutters are 40' from the ground, so there isn't a convenient way to use the looj from the ground. I can access the gutters from the roof via dormers so my method of using the looj was to tie a rope to the looj and drive it into the gutters that were 3 or 4 feet below me.
Prior to looj'ing, I had 3 main problems around the downspouts. Roofing companies put small wire traps over the gutter to keep the downspouts from clogging. Three of these were clogged at the trap. The first one was relatively straight forward although I kept getting caught on the trap. Usually backing up and going forward would resolve the problem, but frequently I needed to use the rope with forward motion on the looj to get it to figure out how to get around the trap. This worked relatively well and after 20 minutes I had cleared the gutter. Unfortunately, I had also worked the trap free and had no way to retrieve it.
I moved to the second gutter to repeat the process. This one was pretty easy although, again, I had to convince the looj to bypass the gutter trap.
During the cleaning of the third gutter, I lost the auger twice. Luckily, I was able to drag it back using the looj and retrieve it and resinstall it.
During the cleaning of the fourth gutter, I lost the auger once and eventually lost one of the treads. I was unable to retrieve the tread, so I need to go to irobot.com and order another two. It sure would be nice if Amazon carried replacement parts.
I rate the Looj about a 3. Outside of a human going up on the roof (and the $150ish price tag that comes with it, the looj is the best thing out there, but it's not without its issues.
Used: November: 2012
Application: 40 FT of standard aluminum gutter
Tips: I attached a 1/8" 45 LB nylon cord to the belt clip loop at the back of the unit as a safety line in the event that the Looj was stuck. This helped tremendously. I also used a small NiteZe stainless steel S-Biner to attach the cord to the loop. The Looj cleaned the gutter "broom clean" in about 15 minutes.
You may see the Looj try to flip itself. If it does flip on its side or upside down, just follow the directions, and it will quickly right itself. Also, you can use the nylon cord to break the Looj free if it gets stuck, or help it move back and forth. You will have to retract the cord though as the Looj moves backwards towards home (you).
All in all, I would give it a six if I could. No more clogged gutters or inconsistent contractors for me! I will definitely upgrade to the 300 Series Looj when this one bites the dust.
When unboxing the Looj it looked pretty well made. After charging the battery for 16 hours, I climbed my 30ft ladder and had to scoop out a spot for the Looj in my gutters. It worked well for a couple feet but hit a dense spot of leaves and started climbing out of the gutter. After reversing the auger direction and continuously trying to break up the pile of leaves, I had no luck and had to move the ladder over to clear it by hand. At this time, the battery cover for the remote fell off and got lost in my yard for a while, which was very annoying. After finally finding the cover and batteries which fell out, I couldn't get the cover to stay put so had to continuously apply pressure (I guess I could have gone inside and taped it shut). For the less dense areas of leaves I was successful in getting the Looj to clean the gutters. However, when it hit more dense areas, the Looj would stop traveling and its auger would stop as if the motor overheated. I say that because it would work fine after waiting about 20 seconds.
With the battery cover refusing to stay latched and the Looj's inability to cut through dense leaves without me having to reposition my ladder, I don't think the Looj will be worth the money. I also have reliability concerns with the rubber tracks rubbing against sharp parts within my gutters. I would rather have spent the money on a lightweight mulching blower/vacuum (Toro Super Recycler) with extension tubes, which is what I will do. That way I won't have to clean up leaves either.