TCM Tchibo (roomba clone) problem

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TCM Tchibo (roomba clone) problem

Postby Bartgielen » October 31st, 2007, 10:58 am


2 weeks ago, i buyed the TCM Cleaning Robot. It's a clone of the Roomba 1 (the very first Roomba :O)


But i've got a problem. The wheel at the sidebrush was rattling the first days. Now, it doesn't want to move. If i turn on the robot and press a room size button, it drives BACKWARDS(?) spinning in circles.

Does anyone how to get the wheel moving again? :O
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Postby THX-1138 » October 31st, 2007, 11:08 am

Hello Bartgielen :D Welcome to!

Definitely the TCM Cleaning robot is a clone of the first Roomba. It is very similar but there are some minor differences, internally and externally. Here is a site that takes appart the original iRobot Roomba so you can have a better sense of were is everything and assist you in troubleshooting your problem. Keep us updated with your issue. :wink:

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Postby Bartgielen » October 31st, 2007, 11:10 am

Thanks for the info! :D

I will look at it and i will keep this thread updated :)
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Re: TCM Tchibo (roomba clone) problem

Postby SharpereVac » December 26th, 2009, 2:55 pm

I know this thread is old but I thought I would reply anyways.

The cleaning robot Bartgielien owns is the TCM Reinigungsroboter. cleanmateroomba has a thread discussing this robot at: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12216&p=70408. If you need help, reply to that thread.

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Re: TCM Tchibo (roomba clone) problem

Postby piokrza » December 26th, 2009, 6:43 pm

Hi Bartgielen,

I have TCM Tchibo Robot Vacuum Cleaner, and I had the same problem as you at the beginning. Robot still drives backwards spinning in circles. Moreover I got completely "broken" power supply. When I plugged it into an electrical outlet and connected with robot, red LED on power supply change to green after 1 hour (!). At the first time it should change after 12 hours...according to manual. Returning to the topic, you have to disassembling the robot:
- unscrew all the screws from the underside of the robot,
- lift up red lid,
- now bumper should bend easily,
- sign lid back on and tighten screws.

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When it comes to side brush - unfortunately I had the same problem, but after several weeks of use. In my case, the main reason which damage the side brush gear (in gear box) was old audio cassette :( which my nieces left under bed and I don't noticed it :| I turn on the robot and side bush entangled tape...
What you need to do is:
- unscrew all the screws from the underside of the robot,
- lift up red lid,
- unscrew side brush motor and remove it from the gear box,
- unscrew gear box with side brush from the robot,
- unscrew gear box,
- check and if the gear is loosely mounted on an axis, press them on it,
- turn with screws in reverse order all the elements,

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