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What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 4th, 2018, 4:23 pm

A bit of searching tells me to avoid the 230. Any models I should particularly seek, and a good price-point for them?

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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby vic7767 » November 4th, 2018, 11:24 pm

Also avoid the 450 as well. Look for either a 5800 or any of the 3XX models. $60 to $100 with shipping but you might consider buying two Scoobas and use one for backup parts.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby Botty » November 7th, 2018, 4:46 am

i picked up a 230 and i really like it. nowhere near as aggressive as a 3xx or 450, but more aggressive than the braavas. Very low aggravation compared to the faffing with my 390. A nice inbetween cleaner imo, but a 3xx or 450 for more thorough cleaning.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby Brett » November 7th, 2018, 11:12 pm

The 230 SHOULD be best Scooba of all! It's compact design is great for getting into tight spaces (think around the back of the toilet) and one of the ways they could get the small size is the very clever idea of using only one tank, with a bladder inside. Solution as it empties from the tank is pumped back into the bladder in the same space in the robot. Cunning!

Sadly that same bladder means that your Scooba will land in the bin after about 2 years (tops - apparently?) as the bladder fails and cannot be replaced/repaired...

It's a great pity!
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 7th, 2018, 11:55 pm

Well, my bathrooms are separated from the kitchen/living room by carpet, so the ability to clean behind the toilet isn't a deal-breaker. I'm more concerned with the kitchen / laundry room area.

Botty, what faffing are you talking about with the 390?
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby Botty » November 8th, 2018, 4:24 am

NoJimForHome wrote:Botty, what faffing are you talking about with the 390?


you have to take it apart and clean it after every usage, which is fine, but there are quite a few parts and it's not particularly ergonomically designed so you end up with loads of pieces lying around and drying.

I picked up a 450 as well and, although a lot of people here say the 3xx series give a better clean, I usually end up using the 450 because it's just easier & quicker to use and clean.

The 230 is least fiddly of all which I find makes it really easy to pick up and do a quick clean with.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 8th, 2018, 10:35 pm

Brett wrote:The 230 SHOULD be best Scooba of all! It's compact design is great for getting into tight spaces (think around the back of the toilet) and one of the ways they could get the small size is the very clever idea of using only one tank, with a bladder inside. Solution as it empties from the tank is pumped back into the bladder in the same space in the robot. Cunning!

Sadly that same bladder means that your Scooba will land in the bin after about 2 years (tops - apparently?) as the bladder fails and cannot be replaced/repaired...

It's a great pity!

Brett, is the bladder readily accessable? Could you patch it with FlexSeal or FlexTape? There is a 230 with a bad bladder on eBay for $25 right now.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby Brett » November 8th, 2018, 11:16 pm

NoJimForHome wrote:... Brett, is the bladder readily accessable? Could you patch it with FlexSeal or FlexTape? There is a 230 with a bad bladder on eBay for $25 right now.

AFAIK, no - it's a glued in thing . I didn't try it myself, but there were a few(?) guy(s) on here that had a go at it and came to the conclusion that it is a lost cause. Coupled to that, it was quietly discontinued...

Still seems a shame - much good, should have been developed/sorted.

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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 9th, 2018, 10:03 pm

OK thanks
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby piokrza » November 11th, 2018, 9:24 am

I've tested all types, incl. 230, 390 and 450 Scooba. In my opinion they all are great in their efficiency, although 230 & 450 are not as robust, repairable, have more space limitations and has different cleaning process than 390. I miss 230 because it was very good robot until the bladder failure. I wish they could invent something 'repairable' like Roomba to replace 230.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 11th, 2018, 4:56 pm

I have a bid going on a 5800/335. We'll see how that works.

Also thinking about buying a bad-bladder 230 just to mess around with it. Now browsing the internets to see how difficult it would be to remove the bad bladder... is there a market for replacement bladders if someone were to offer them?
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 11th, 2018, 6:52 pm

I have a bid going on a 5800/335. We'll see how that works.

Also thinking about buying a bad-bladder 230 just to mess around with it. Now browsing the internets to see how difficult it would be to remove the bad bladder... is there a market for replacement bladders if someone were to offer them?
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby piokrza » November 11th, 2018, 7:22 pm

There's no way to remove bladder or repair it. Scooba 230 has no screws to open it like 390 or 450 It's disposable type, a big disappointment made by iRobot, thus taken off market after just 2 years from announcement.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 11th, 2018, 8:01 pm

Hm. So cutting might be required, eh? I find this fascinating. Do I WANT another project? haha
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby piokrza » November 12th, 2018, 11:38 am

I've tried with mine. That dirty water tank hole is too small to get into even one small finger and repair cutted bladder. Cutting mean destroying. Control panel on top is cable connected with the bottom, so even when you try open it will be destroyed.
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby NoJimForHome » November 12th, 2018, 8:45 pm

OK, still one day left on the 335 auction; I picked up a 230 for $29 (free shipping) that the seller *insists* has a good bladder, but no battery. Bought a battery on Amazon. So we'll see how that goes. Worst-case scenario I have a 230 I can slowly dismantle for educational purposes and document heavily in case anyone else wants to try a repair.

The $29 230 is also sans-charger, but it appears I should be able to use any old 12v charger with the right plug, unless it's some dumb reverse-polarity plug. They want more for a charger than a battery on Amazon. Thoughts there?
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Re: What kind of Scooba to seek on eBay?

Postby leonicholson » Yesterday, 9:36 am

NoJimForHome wrote:Worst-case scenario I have a 230 I can slowly dismantle for educational purposes and document heavily in case anyone else wants to try a repair.

Keep us posted. If it can be repaired, it could be an attractive route for others!
We currently use a couple Braavas (with reservoir pads and cleaning solution) that work well for us and the navigation mapping is effective.
How do Scoobas compare to Braavas in actual cleaning results?
I do like the smaller size of the 230 Scoobas for bathrooms, but have concerns about durability and repair.
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