I have had more Traxxas E-maxx trucks than any other RC. I love them and would never want to be without one. I started Tayler out driving an E-Maxx because it is one of those trucks that can take a lot of abuse and keep on going. All beginners are going to hit curbs, rocks, trees, and whatever else they can find, so in my opinion it is best to have a truck that will take the hit and keep on going. Nothing stops people from participating in this hobby faster than having to constantly fix their vehicle and put more and more money into it.
My E-maxx has been completely upgraded over the years to the point of insanity, but for me it is great because I can take it out every single day if I want and abuse the heck out of it, come back the next day and do it all over again. And the best part is that I never have to fix anything, just wrench on it if I want to try something new. I lend it out to friends and never worry about it coming back in pieces. Currently it is running a hobbywing 150amp ESC and 1350Kv motor. I run either a 2s or 3s lipo with it and it has all the power I need for a good long day of bashing. With all of the aluminum I have on mine it is heavy as a brick so it needs a pretty big motor and ESC, but Tayler’s is bone stock and still runs the twin titan 550 motors. Tayler’s truck will pull wheelies in low gear and despite some serious abuse has never broken a thing.
One of the biggest advantages that the E-Maxx has over other trucks is the availability of spare parts and upgraded parts. The E-Maxx is one of the most popular monster trucks ever built and almost every local hobby shop carries parts for them. They can also be bought cheap used. Check ebay or any RC forum and you can usually find a great deal on a used E-Maxx. Traxxas was the first company to come out with a waterproof monster truck and that can be very important to people who live in snowy of wet climates. I live in the desert so the waterproof aspect isn’t important to me but I can see where it would be a huge advantage to some.
The E-Maxx can be configured for racing, bashing, and everything in between. Because of all of the after market parts available it is the most versatile RC monster truck ever built. Tayler and I love to take our truck out to the desert and run around jumping everything we can find and running over each other. It always make me happy to leave tire marks on the body of her bus, and nothing makes her happier than flipping me over and continually ramming into the side of my truck until I can get over there and turn it back over. I guess that’s why we both love our E-Maxx’s so much, because they can take that kind of abuse and keep on going. I am not saying you will never break a part, I have broken just about everything on my truck more than once. But now that I have it completely upgraded I haven’t broken anything. I find the best way to do it is to just upgrade once something breaks. Set aside a little extra money each month for upgrades and have them on hand for when something happens.
I do like HPI and think the Savage is a decent truck also but I wouldn’t trade an E-maxx for 1 ever. If what you are looking for in an RC toy is a monster truck that is tough as nails with plenty of parts support then I highly recommend the E-Maxx. Who knows maybe you will be like me and always have 1 or 5 in your arsenal at all times.