blasto wrote:Yeah, that was a great and thorough review. Kudos. I just wrote the company for documentation that they might be able to send me.
Karchers RC3000 has it's own website/flash presentation here: http://www.robocleaner.de
blasto wrote:I wouldn't even object to the price if it works as advertised. I do worry about there being no US retail support and hearing that it was back ordered just to buy one.
I think Fraggboy was unlucky with his timing - just a temporary blip in Karchers stock control: I bought a second RC3000 at about the same time, but from a German Electrical Warehouse - they had 20 in stock - and it shipped same day. Price-wise, in Germany, Karcher have significantly reduced the price of the RC3000 to almost match that of the Vorwerk VR100 (650-700 euros). Odd that, isn't it?
blasto wrote:I wonder what it would be like if you needed to get parts for it?
Dead easy as it turns out - you can order on-line. Here's my story:
My first RC3000 will be 7 years old this year, and has run perfectly/without fault in all this time doing 5 upstairs rooms two or three times a week. Then a few weeks ago it fell down a flight of 14 steps - a spiral staircase too... it ran off my upper floor landing, and I heard it bounce/crash down each step in turn to finally find it in my hallway stranded like a little turtle with it's little wheels in the air! I had placed some bedding over the upstairs banister rail to air, and the RC3000 got caught up in it and the cliff sensors didn't see the edge! It's my first accident with it, and it's my own stupid fault!!
Anyway, remarkably/surprisingly, there isn't a scratch on it, but it broke two small nylon stabiliser springs inside - if you trod on it, they would likely break too, but that's about the only damage it'd do - it's a remarkably solid little machine. I've ordered these obscure little parts from Karcher... and the cost of this major calamity? Just GBP £6 including post from Germany! Having never had the need to order spares from Karcher, I was truly amazed at how quickly they responded, that these obscure little parts were there in stock and ready to ship, and how reasonable the cost was!
blasto wrote:I actually like its simplicity. No stupid gimmicks, just utilitarian functionality. From the pictures, the parts look to be the built to typical German high standards.
I couldn't agree more. That's why I've just bought a second one - my Trilobite and Navibot are too much trouble in comparison, so they'll be going.