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Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby cgibsong002 » November 3rd, 2018, 11:23 am

Is there any possible way to upgrade or mod the 770 series to use the rubber extractors?

If not, does anyone have any tips or advice? I love my roomba, but cleaning long hair out of those brushes is such a nightmare. Takes me 10 minutes to clean the roomba after 1-2 cleans, I might as well just use my real vacuum.
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby TechGuy » November 3rd, 2018, 11:46 am

Cleaning long hair wrapped around the bristle brush is easy using a comb with handle and big fat teeth. 30 seconds to 1 minutes top.

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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby leonicholson » November 3rd, 2018, 1:38 pm

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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 3rd, 2018, 2:01 pm

That looks pretty cool. Do you have one? How well does it work?
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby leonicholson » November 3rd, 2018, 3:27 pm

NoJimForHome wrote:That looks pretty cool. Do you have one? How well does it work?

Works for us for granddaughter's long hair. Not 100%, but much better than without it.
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 3rd, 2018, 3:31 pm

Nice. I'll put it on my list for after I get mine fixed.
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby leonicholson » November 3rd, 2018, 3:40 pm

The Ebay listing I sent was about as cheap as I've found.
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 3rd, 2018, 8:11 pm

OK, picked one up. I'll report back on its performance. :D
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby leonicholson » November 3rd, 2018, 8:40 pm

I've always looked at all the hair caught was a good thing. I imagine the brush does pick up more hair than the rollers. It is a nuisance, but at least it is not on the floors anymore. :)
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby cgibsong002 » November 4th, 2018, 2:20 pm

Wow, that looks actually like a decent option. Can’t hurt to try, thank you!!

As far as cleaning... we have a lot of hair. To the point where after 2-3 runs you can’t see the brush bristles anymore. I use the original cleaning tools, which are great, but it’s still a pain. And especially around the very ends, the tools can’t get in there, and i need to use scissors to try to get the hair out. Then it always makes a mess doing all this and I need to vacuum up just from cleaning!
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby leonicholson » November 4th, 2018, 2:34 pm

We had a lot of long "people" hair at first, but it diminished over time to be only an annoyance, not a problem. It took awhile for the Roomba to "catch up", as it finally randomly got into every nook and cranny. Now, our two short hair dogs continue to fill the bin every three days. :) (I didn't have to clean the brush this time).
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 4th, 2018, 4:20 pm

Oh man, to fill the bin "every three days." Sounds magical. I have a German Shepherd. Roomba *packs* the bin every time it runs. And every 2-3 runs I have to pull the brushes for cleaning. Looking forward to the comb-door though, hopefully it'll make brush cleaning a weekly thing.
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 7th, 2018, 11:49 pm

Ha! The $40 563 I also just bought on eBay already has the toothy-door. :)

Now it just needs a new brush assembly. :p
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 8th, 2018, 10:32 pm

Hm. Just kidding, it doesn't have a toothy-door, it has the old-style vacuum assembly with built-in teeth. Which was "sucking like crap," so I disassembled it and there was all kinds of crud in the impeller. I gave it a good wash; hopefully it'll run better tomorrow.
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby George Jetson » November 17th, 2018, 3:20 pm

I used a 560 with brushes for over 10 years and recently upgraded to a 960 with the rubber "extractors". Hair fouling the brushes and bearings was the bane of my existence:
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In my time with the 560 I experimented with modded brushes, modded bins, and modded gearboxes to escape the "Hair Curse". Nothing truly eliminated the problem....
....until the 960 came along.
Problem. Completely. Gone.
My best advice to you is save yourself a massive headache and buy an 8XX or 9XX series robot....but then again, modding old Roombas is a lot of fun. :cheers:
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Re: Upgrade from brushes to extractors?

Postby leonicholson » November 17th, 2018, 3:36 pm

Thanks, guys.

We use multiple 595's and a 695 (all have the gray CHM and Aerovac bins) on concrete and low pile rugs.
We don't have long hair problems, as our two dogs are short haired, but I wanted to know the comparison.
I replace with clean filters every time I empty the bins and only need to clean the brush ends about once per month.
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