View Full Version : E-maxx Mini-Review !! Pros and Cons
01-20-2001, 12:51 PM
This E-Maxx mini-review will continue to evolve, but here is what I have to say right now. I am trying to be objective, but obviously there will be points to disagree with (please, try to keep the flames from burning my skin too deeply).
- best handling monster truck ever produced.
- fastest monster truck ever produced (top speed ~ 25 mph).
- this is a true monster truck in terms of size.
- 4-wheel drive makes the truck capable of going over any terrain and improves handling on the racetrack, especially around curves.
- includes an electronic speed control (ESC), not a mechanical speed control MSC). An ESC provides a lot better performance than a MSC in terms of throttle response and battery run time, which is why you want one.
- overall design is very tough and can take abuse.
- outstanding, custom painted body with precut decal set.
- adjustable body mounting posts, which allow for a large variety of body choices.
- two speeds, manual shifting transmission is truly revolutionary and provides the truck with both awesome low-end torque and high-end speed.
- pinion and spur gear changes are very easy to perform.
- a huge variety of gear options.
- stock motors have internal fans and run cool. Cooler running motors last longer than hot running motors.
- comes with ball-bearings, which improves performance.
- comes with a slipper clutch, which reduces transmission damage. This is especially true when jumping your truck.
- comes Ready-to-Run (RTR), which means you don't have to build it.
- battery packs are easy to install and remove. This is great for those all day back yard bashing days.
- huge assortment of aftermarket parts available for hop-ups or upgrading your truck.
- good for both back yard bashing and track racing.
- outstanding at jumping.
- Traxxas parts are easy to obtain in the USA.
- Traxxas provides outstanding customer support.
- has changed the way people view the monster truck category.
- price is cheap when you consider all that comes in the box.
- ESC doesn't have brakes.
- the stock steering servo is somewhat weak. That is, the steering servo won't turn the E-Maxx tires while the truck is stopped.
- the steering servo is vulnerable to the elements. A steering servo cover is recommended for deep grass or brush running.
- dual battery packs required for operation, which means you have to buy a lot of batteries. A minimum of 6 battery packs (1500 mAh or above) and two peak chargers seems the best way to go: 2 packs running, 2 packs charging and 2 packs cooling. The latter will basically allow for uninterrupted run time.
- not offered as a kit. Some people like to build their own trucks or don't want to pay for a radio system they already own.
- if you are into exact scale realism, this truck isn't for you. Go buy an Juggernaut 2. This is a performance monster truck.
- the truck is marketed as Ready-to-Run, but you have to glue the tires (minor point).
- the package doesn't include a wrench to take your tire nuts off (really minor point).
- some E-Maxxes had unreliable ECSs because of component problems; however, I am sure this problem has or will be solved by Traxxas.
This is the most exciting R/C vehicle to be released in many years. In fact, I can't recall a product that has sparked my attention more in the last 7 years. The E-Maxx is truly the best Monster Truck on the market today and light years ahead of the competition. The E-Maxx is perfect for both back yard bashing and racing. If you don't own an E-Maxx, you should!
[This message has been edited by DougG (edited 01-23-2001).]
01-20-2001, 02:55 PM
Doug: Great review, seems like you have hit all the right pro and con spots, IMO.
As for the wheel glue, I agree its not 100% RTR (then again, I guess it would not be 100% without a charged pair of batteries in it either http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif). I do whoever prefer do get them unglued, since this gives me the chance to swap tires/rims if I want to (without ripping my tires to shreds) and to check and if required adjust the balance of the tires. That, and the fact that i *HATE* peeling off glued rims http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/wink.gif
As for the ESC, it does seem like they have the quality issue adressed, I do however feel that Traxxas should make more of an effort to seal the cabinet on the ESC. Not to make it water-proof, but to at least shield it from splashes (there are *big* ole gaps that go straight to the prints in it).
It would not increase the unit cost much at all (heck, some silicone and a couple of rubber gaskets maybe), and would most likely lead to a significant decrease in th number of ESC related claims and problems in the future.
Thanks again for the review! This is the kind of input a potential buyer really needs!
01-20-2001, 05:19 PM
Thanks for the + feedback guys.
01-20-2001, 09:15 PM
Good call on all the issues Doug, I couldn't have said it any better.....
01-21-2001, 01:18 AM
You must work for them (joke) Ask anybody whoes been aroung awhile, they will tell you he does not work for Traxxas, and I agree with him 100% on this post, and I do not work for Traxxas either, but am more than happy to work "with" them, they are verygood at taking care of our ADDICTION. HavE FuN
Don't force it, get a BIGGER HAMMER
01-21-2001, 01:24 AM
I just call it the way I see it.
Dark Jedi Joe
01-21-2001, 12:43 PM
That, and the fact that i *HATE* peeling off glued rims http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/wink.gif
I agree fully. Unglued rims GOOD! FIRE BAD!
May The Force Be With You.
01-21-2001, 03:01 PM
Hey Guys hows it going i just wanted to tell everyone who has or is thinking about getting an E-maxx that it is the best R/C car ive ever owned. That is proly cause its made by TRAXXAS! it is the fastest,durible, RTR monster truck out there none of the compitition even comes close so if yuor thinking about getting one do it !!!!!!!
[This message has been edited by HOPaLong (edited 01-26-2001).]
01-22-2001, 01:56 AM
Dark Jedi Joe, thanks for your poast and I know what you mean about the pain in butt glue can be sometimes; however, dropping glued tires into a pot of boiling water usually separates the tires from rims easily.
01-22-2001, 11:23 AM
I admit. I'm a newcomer to the R/C scene, and, frankly, I'm not sure I even qualify to deferenciate what's normal and what's not in hobby-quality R/C cars and trucks. But here's my two cents. My E-maxx arrived 6 days ago, and naturally I was excited because I had been waiting for it for over a month. I started charging the batteries, then opened the box, and I was in a state of awe...it was quite an upgrade from my Nikko F-350. I then inserted the batteries, but it was already past midnight, and my roomies were already asleep. So I put my temptations to sleep, and started putting the stickers on the beautiful red body. It was the shortest, and the longest, 7 hours. My roomies were up, and so were my temptations. We have a 150ftX150ft(though I never measured it) room we share, so there it was. I squeezed the trigger, and, boom, it went flying...for about 20ft. Initially. I thought maybe my batteries in the trasmitter were bad, so I got closer and squeezed again. No luck. Instead I heard the motor free-spinning. I called eHobbies, that's where I got it from, and they told me not to open/take anything apart and send it back for an exchange. So I went to work all depressed. I returned it the following day, but how long will I have to wait this time...and will that one be problem free. The DupoMan, who has posted a transmitter/receive problem, is my cousin, who got his E-maxx the day after I got mine, wasn't kidding about his "5ft" range. He called both eHobbies and Traxxas, and was told to return the whole thing, as well. I know I'm in a minority who had this type of problem, but there's enough problems out there, like ESC, to conclude that maybe Traxxas goofed on the E-maxx. A High-Quality Truck introduced about 6 months too early. They could have done more extensive testing before they put them out on the market (does word Christmas ring any bell?). I'm disappointed, but I asked for an exchange, not a refund. I still have some faith left for Traxxas and E-maxx.
01-22-2001, 11:41 AM
All that proablably happen to your max was that you bumped the gear switch a little. On mine if I just tuch it toward 2nd gear it will go into a nuetral area and do what you said. Or one of the pinion screws came loose in the motor and fell out, this is also a quick thing to fix.
01-24-2001, 11:00 AM
E-MAXX DOSNT NEED BRAKES!!! YOU CAN PRESS REV A LITTLE! AND ITS BETTER IF ITS MAUNAL ANYWAY
01-24-2001, 06:46 PM
A few points:
(1) Every R/C vehicle can use brakes. If you don't think so, you a haven't driven a vehicle with brakes.
(2) The radio system in the E-Maxx (hand controller and receiver) is proven technology that has worked well in the T-Maxx. This system was not recently slapped together for the E-Maxx.
01-24-2001, 07:26 PM
I get the feeling I'm about a couple of months behind on this...but didn't E-Maxx originally came out with Disc Brakes installed?
Did I get the specs mixed up with T-Maxx?
I feel ssoooo oudadaloop.
I returned my E-Maxx for an exchange (See my post 3 levels up). I'm told by many, including people on this board and MaxxTraxx board(Thanks!!!), that I could have fixed the problem myself. But I felt "threatened" by eHobbies telling me not to take anything apart, that, otherwise, they won't exchange the Maxx. So I returned it...Such is a Life of a Newbie... http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/frown.gif
Guys, I read somewhere on this message board that E-Maxxes equiped with "new ESCs" will be out in March. If that's true, should I tell eHobbies to hold my exchange request till March? Thanks in advance for your reply.
I'm not sure what's going on with you truck but I have beat on mine, hard, with the exception of some leaking shocks I have no gripes. Keep in mind that it uses most of the same parts the T-Maxx uses.
01-27-2001, 05:57 PM
The front and rear of the E-Maxx are the same as the T-Maxx, which are very durable or tough. Also, the middle part or chasis of the E-Maxx is very durable. These are the parts I was basically referring to. As for some E-Maxx ESCs, they were not so durable and time will tell in regard to the newly designed two speed transmission. So far though, I have not heard any complaints about the E-Maxx transmission. Generally, the E-Maxx will take a beating, just like the T-Maxx will, and a number of other top ranked trucks. I have driven every 4x4 monster truck, 2x4 monster truck, Losi and Associated stadium trucks, which I am comparing the E-Maxx to. The E-Maxx is durable! Obviously, exaclty how durable it is up for debate. Hey, and that ain't no DOO DOO!
[This message has been edited by DougG (edited 01-30-2001).]
01-31-2001, 06:40 PM
Well Doug, I just received my first box of parts from Taxxas to the tune of 80 bucks. It only took 7 working days to get, plus a long distance phone call. This should be enough parts to keep it running through the end of the week...
01-31-2001, 08:38 PM
No offense MrAv8er, but if the E-MAXX is such a piece of 'cheap plastic junk', why do you keep ordering more parts? Maybe you should buy another product. I love my E and don't mind working on it or spending money to upgrade it. I mean it is a 'hobby'. If it isn't fun or deosn't meet your expectations, try another manufacturer or maybe take up golf (I hear that isn't frustrating) http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/wink.gif Anyways, enjoy what ya got. For <$400 the E-MAXX is a rippin deal.
Your gonna do what?
01-31-2001, 08:53 PM
No matter how durable or robust an R/C vehicle is you will eventually break something and require parts. I race Losi and Associated products (trucks and buggies) and play around in my backyard with all types of monster trucks - the E-Maxx is as durable as any of them. Obviously, however, if I drive any of my R/C vehicles full-speed into a curb or land a vehicle poorly off a large jump I might break something; as such, I keep spare parts on hand for all my vehicles to replace broken parts.
In any event, as I stated above, the E-Maxx is a durable R/C product. The E-Maxx was designed to take abuse and not just sit pretty on your shelf like some R/C products I have owned over the years.
Regards, Doug ...
01-31-2001, 09:03 PM
I do not smoke crack. In the future I would appreciate if certain members of this board would argue points without resorting to absurd comments.
[This message has been edited by DougG (edited 01-31-2001).]
01-31-2001, 10:12 PM
We (my nine year old son that races a Losi XXX and XXXT and my 14 year old daughter that drives fairly well) have put ours through it's paces pretty good. Plenty of climbing, jumping, thrills and spills. Even raced it (and won,by the way).
TOTAL DAMAGE: 1 scratched rear bumper and 1 scratched front bumper.
OK, let's bite our tongues and give MrAv8er the benefit of the doubt. I am curious exactly how those parts were broken. . . . . and if he went through the manual and checked everything (pinion / spur gear lash and slipper adjustment for instance) out for proper setup before turning it over to the kids.
[This message has been edited by J-Maxx (edited 01-31-2001).]
01-31-2001, 10:31 PM
Hey, I broke an A-arm on my Losi Triple XT about 2 mintues into a race when I hit another truck and a shock tower later that same day. I guess it must not be durable a truck and anyone that thinks so is full of Doo Doo and smoking crack? <sarcasm>
Anyway, if people care to read all the posts in this thread, the point of my last two posts was this:
"You can disagree with people's posts without saying they are on crack or full of DOO DOO."
Regards, Doug ...
01-31-2001, 10:34 PM
We all understand the frustrations. I even have them myself at times. The bright side of things is you have spare parts now. From the sound of your post stating that you had to place a toll call and it took roughly 7 days to get parts. Are you by chance in Canada? If so, I'm sure it's pretty cold where you are. What I am getting at is the parts on your truck will become more vunerable the colder they get, verse running in the heat of summer. I would expect more parts to break in the cold. The truck is tough, guaranteed. Sounds like the elements may be some of the issue. Glad to here you were taken care of and that you have some spares. Good luck and enjoy. It's a hobby. http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif
02-02-2001, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the reply and good thought, but no, I am not in chilly Canada but sunny (warm) Southern California. The toll call (it costs me money to call my neighbor) was a long distance call to Texas. Yes I have the parts, and they came in a fairly timely manner. I ordered extra to cover some of the future mis-haps. I will instruct my kid to be easier on the hardware.
No, I did not check the gear lash for two reasons; 1) My kid got to run the truck before I was present and 2) I wouldn't have checked the lash on a brand new preassembled R/C truck any more than I would have checked the gear lash in my brand new Tahoe. I don't believe that I could do better than the factory. If they mess it up, then it's usually covered under the waranty (except in this case, where for the hassle and cost I just bought the $5.00 metal gear that should have been in the trainy to begin with from the hobby shop instead of spending $20+ on shipping by returning the truck to Texas) Don't tell me that you dissassembled your brand new EMAXX to check for proper assembly from the factory. I don't think you or any but the utmost hobby nut would. Now, checking the lash after installing the repaired part, yes, that I can understand.
Chill out dude. Of course I don't think you smoke crack. It was a rhetorical comment that placed emphasis on my statment with a humorous edge. I hope you understand what that sentance means. <sarcasm> As far as the DOO DOO comment, I thought I was being polite by not actually using the four letter version. It's part of my opinion (and a challenge to you to refute my statements and prove me wrong). If you are going to post, be prepared for the responses.
02-03-2001, 01:14 AM
Am I the only one around who's having a tough time purchasing an E-Maxx?
Couple of weeks ago, I've returned my E-Maxx for an exchange. Since, they've refused to put me on the top of the back-order list, and it looks like I'm gonna have to wait awhile -again- after waiting for my Maxx for over a month in the first place. I wanna race my cuz' Maxx, ALREADY, which have practically been mine the last couple of weeks. Make Haste Traxxas! I was told by eHobbies there were over a 100 people on the back-order list. What are you waiting for???
Thank you for reading. ^^;
02-03-2001, 02:33 AM
I HAVE HAD A T-MAXX FOR SOMETIME NOW AND HONESTLY I DRIVE IT PRETTY HARD! I HAVE HAD PLENTY OF GOOD (OR SHOULD I SAY BAD) WRECKS, ESPECIALLY LANDING ON ONE TIRE OR THE ROOF FROM A FEW FEET OFF THE GROUND, SEVERAL TIMES SPINNING 360'S FLYING THROUGH THE AIR AND UPSIDE DOWN INTO SNOW BANKS OR ON CEMENT .I DO ALOT OF JUMPING AND I HAVENT BROKE ANYTHING YET PLUS ITS COLD UP HERE ALL THIS ABUSE WITHOUT BREAKING ANYTHING INSPIRED ME TO BUY AN E-MAXX THESE TRUCKS ARE TOUGH I NEVER HAD A R/C THAT TOOK THIS KIND OF ABUSE WITHOUT BREAKING ANYTHING I HAVE HAD A FEW OTHER PROBLEMS BUT NOTHING TO SERIOUS YET. I BY NO MEANS DRIVE AROUND IN LITTLE CIRCLES ON CEMENT BUT I DO USE CAUTION WHEN I'M GETTING CRAZY I TRY TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF I DIDNT PULL OFF WHAT I WAS TRYING AND IF I DONT THINK I CAN DO IT OR IF THE OUTCOME COULD BE VERY UGLY I USUALLY DONT DO IT IT USUALLY. I ALWAYS PREPARE FOR THE WORST MAYBE IM JUST PARANOID OR MAYBE I AM SOMEWHAT RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE I DONT KNOW BUT THATS THE KIND OF LUCK I HAVE ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE WITH BOTH OF MY MAXX'S. SO FAR IN MY OPINION FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH (IF ANYTHING) MAXX'S ARE NOT TOYS AND HAVE TO BE TREATED ACCORDINGLY. I KNOW WHEN I WAS YOUNGER I WAS SUPER ROUGH ON STUFF PROBABLY BECAUSE I DIDNT PAY FOR IT. I GUESS WHEN YOU GET OLDER YOU CAN BETTER GRASP THE CONCEPT OF MONEY AND SPENDING THE MONEY YOU BUST YOUR ***** FOR 40 + HOURS A WEEK. BEING YOUNG MOST KIDS I HAVE MEET TEND NOT TO RESPECT THE PURCHASES OF OTHERS AND EVEN MORE SO IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT OR HOW LONG IT TOOK TO GET THAT MONEY IT DOES NOT GROW ON TREES THATS FOR SURE BUT THEY DONT UNDERSTAND THAT WELL THATS ENOUGH OUTTA ME WHAT I HAVE TO SAY PROBABLY DOESNT MATTER ANYWAY BUT IF ANYONE AGREES POST IT!
02-03-2001, 06:19 AM
Let's try not to get too far away from a respectful disagreement or healthy exchange of ideas and leave the name calling to the kids.
Actually, I did adjust all those items I mentioned before turning the kids loose with the E-Maxx for the first time. I had read about the loose pinions and was not going to take a chance that mine was perfect from the factory. I call it being an "informed consumer", not a "hobby nut". I think the difference in how we perceive the E-Maxx lies in what our expectations were to begin with. Having built a couple of offroad racers previously, I cannot imagine that Traxxas could ship a 4WD twin engine monster truck like the E-Maxx perfectly assembled, adjusted and actually 'ready to run' including the radio for only $320.00. It comes with eight shock absorbers, a painted body, tires that cost $60.00 to replace (not including rims), two motors, a high torque servo (even though it could use a little more torque), an electronic speed control, receiver and a two speed transmission. It outperforms any other 1/10th scale monster I have seen. I understand that $320.00 is not chump change, but they could have never hit that price point and made it perfect right out of the box anymore than a department store can sell a $200.00 full suspension mountain bike that is fully assembled and so perfectly tuned that you could expect it to be truly 'ready to ride' safely on a mountain trail. The E-Maxx is not a Radio Shack toy. Those may actually be more 'ready to run' than the E-Maxx, but when you break one of those things, you can forget about fixing it and nothing they sell even comes close to the performance of the E-Maxx. I hope you'll look at it as a learning experience and realize that it is the coolest, best performing monster truck ever produced, but it (like all other r/c vehicles of this caliber) will require regular maintenance. Try to work with your kid(s) to become skilled drivers instead of 'radical' drivers. Use it as a means to teach them about such things as maintaining real cars, electronics, automotive technology and performance and how a real car will end up as a pile of junk if you just abuse it and expect it to do things it was not designed to do. I just think if you adjusted your expectations a bit, you could get more enjoyment from your E-Maxx. Good luck.
[This message has been edited by J-Maxx (edited 02-05-2001).]
02-05-2001, 12:23 PM
OK. I'm chilling http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Well, I have to say that before my E was ever run I had replaced all the connectors with Sermos, checked everything on the truck including the gears which where poorly adjusted. (one of the pinions was barely touching the spur) Having been involved with rc vehicles for quite some time it was just normal procedure to check it out first. Actually I got the E on the day it was released so nobody even new about the problems yet, nobody makes a RTR that I've seen that truly was RTR.
02-05-2001, 08:57 PM
How about this "ALMOST RTR"
02-06-2001, 01:26 AM
You're cool with me Doug. My comment was not really made with you in mind.
02-12-2001, 01:44 AM
02-13-2001, 05:22 PM
02-13-2001, 08:12 PM
I knmow! I brock my front skid in half the first week i drove it!! (but it really was due to interception of a CB radio)
02-14-2001, 03:17 PM
ViperMaxx, Ya, I hate when that happens http://www.traxxas.com/ubb/smile.gif It is worse when you have a nitro car going at 50 mph.
02-21-2001, 07:26 PM
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