Pros And Cons Of The E-Maxx & 2WD Stampede!

Sitting in front of the computer last night doing I forget what, the idea came to write this post in Open Office Writer, then paste it here, but nah that’s less my style than drinking beer in a cup. Instead of doing that, I’ve decided to do this live, no pre-written post, so please stay with me.

pede 2016

A few years ago after moving here, the fire burned in me to get back into Radio Controlled cars or trucks, thus research started. My first choice was the 1/16th Slash, (not above) & while  it was 4wd and and quick, the choices for upgrades were sorely limited, having me sell it for baby, (above). I had this same model before, so it seemed like the right choice, which it WAS! 🙂 The first season I had the truck, it was put through my tests and hardly got damaged! Last season the Stampede was upgraded all the way round to stronger parts and brushless power, making baby fast as sin.


For my birthday last month the E-Maxx was paid off and brought home, much to my nephew’s girlfriend’s negative words, but whatever. I took it out of the box and looked at it, putting the adaptions our local hobby shop made. Looking at the monster, it became clear this truck should be fun as soon as the warm weather hits! There are pros and cons to both R/Cs and in this post I’ll address them, so let us begin! 🙂

Venom Sideview 2

My Stampede I’m highly impressed with and I want to start with it.

pede 2016


  1. Both the truck and the controller fit in my lap and chair for easy carrying. Really it is easy to take this bad boy where ever I wanna run!
  2. The speed and power baby has makes my time outside so much fun. Aside from random people asking if my family knows I’m outside by myself, I have fun running the truck.
  3. Very low maintenance. I have not had any serious damage to the R/C. One stripped servo and loose screws are it, but nothing more.


  1. When changing packs, clips for the battery tie down can be lost in grass easily.
  2. The body posts in the front don’t come through the hole quite right, I can get the clips in, but its weird.




Now the E-Maxx.Though I have not really put this through tests yet due to Winter weather and me don’t mix, I have ran it one time some weeks ago.Yes, that is the same transmitter that the Stampede uses. The people at the hobby shop bound the truck to it so I can use one controller for both trucks. And like baby, there are things I like and don’t like about this beast! 🙂



  1. Body fit. The body posts do come through the holes, letting the clips go in the way they should, which is good.
  2. The battery tie downs don’t need clips, (see pics below).


I really like this idea because it saves me time & no clips go missing outside!


3. 4WD, meaning the truck shouldn’t have trouble in grass, not like I had issues with baby, but tall grass gave him issues.



  1. Let’s talk about the major con here, the E-Maxx needs two packs to work! Okay, duel motors need two packs, I get it. However, charging two battery packs will cut in on day light come spring. I might have it so it can run on a single brushless motor.


Final thought:


I like both my pede and E-Maxx, really do, but I see baby being run more, unless I can charge the two packs so it will not cut down daytime.


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