a4refillpad wrote:Don't know about yourself but a floor is a floor. Largest surface area in the house and the largest receptacle of dirt dust and fluff. We're not an untidy family but these robots are just not as good as a human being at vacuuming with a full blown machine. The only way to compensate is to run very regularly which in my house removes the need to bring out my meile completely! I only need to use the handheld vacuum for the stairs. My view is life too short to care for the life of the device. The karcher is very robust and well engineered and I hope can live a very long while. Parts also seem readily available so I am little concerned.
Yes I'd agree, but seeing as dust is dead skin, the volume of dust/dirt is directly dependent upon the number of people using the home. For a single individual who spends a lot of time away, just once or twice a week is more than enough. For a young family, perhaps with pets too, more frequent use probably is needed (I'm sure there was a member on one of these forums who left his Karcher running 24/7 indefinitely!). As you say, life is too short, but there's no point running a vacuum cleaner if the floor isn't dirty. I don't run my dishwasher either if there aren't any dirty plates to wash! Yes, it is robust (my oldest now being 7 years and still on its' original batteries), but for some that may be less affluent overall product life and the cost of repairs or replacement probably is of concern.
a4refillpad wrote:As for the remote control feature, I did start a thread but it didn't seem to gather much interest. I simply fitted a 433mhz receiver into the circuitry and using a telldus device on my pc integrated it into my existing home automation software. Great thing is I can also decide to start or stop the robot manually from my android phone if I want to. I've found the battery drain to be negligible and very convenient. Always found it very retro that I needed to reach over and manually start the neato/vr100 and karcher. Now my karcher is done I only wish the neato was as easy to mod.
Scheduling does seem to be one of the key features that many miss, and I'm sure Karcher would likely incorporate if they redesigned the product afresh. Given how often the absence of scheduling is commented upon, I'm surprised your thread didn't gather much interest - where was it? Did I miss it?
I did think of a theoretical way of controlling my Karcher using my Harmony 1100 remote (which controls my Home Cinema, lights, even the air conditioning - and the Navibot), but at the end of the day it would be remote operation not scheduling, and, frankly, I couldn't be bothered trying it anyway!: Pressing a button to start an appliance - be it my dishwasher or vacuum - isn't such a huge ask! Anyway, isn't Brighton - or should I say "Hove Actually" - the home of Retro?!! It certainly was in the 10 years I lived and worked there!