Well, I'll make this short as possible but I can understand several of the opinions I've sen on this thread.
I have a RedcatBackdraft 3.5 and I have spent more time fixing it than I have running it so far so I know the frustration here very well, I have not given up On my Backdraft Buggy yet, but I have to say that the Losi, Traxxas, HPI, Team Associated stuff can have problems as can anything mechanical as we all know, but to compare Redcat products to these other brands in quality is like comparing apples and oranges IMO, my backdraft never made much past an idle before the diff piniongear snapped in half, and then the first time I hopped it over some little 8" tall bumps the spur gear gave it up, and now the other day I was just running it around in the back yeard and the lower screws in the Knuckle Arms bent and sheared off in the Knuckle, as much as I would like to think my buggy is great quality........
The obvious constant breakage proves otherwise, this buggy would not make it around a 1000' race track more thantwo or three times before it would be sitting on the table with something busted, some of these other brands take loads of abuse with out constant breakage and mine has had no hard abuse with constant breakage.
Redcat to their credit does offer great customer service but they have toor they would be out of business in 6 months because there product have so many issues, I'm not bashing here though it may seem that way, I'm just stating the obvious from what I have experienced so far and what I see MANY other s experiencing as well.
DO ALL RC'S BREAK YES.........DO ALL RC'S BREAK AND HAVE AS MANY ISSUES AS THESE REDCAT VEHICLES NO...........!
I have a semi local hobby shop about 50 mile sfrom me and atlking to him Saturday he told me that he has had many very unsatisfied customers come in with there internet bought Redcat vehicles.
I hope no one takes any of this personal, but these Redcat Vehicles need to be upgarded in there obviousweak areasat the factory, the Youtube videos lead people to believe they are getting a super durable vehicle and they're not getting what they think they are, they're getting a Project RC............( Ready To Repairnot a Ready To Run )
When a RCtruck runs down the street and breaks it would have done it with a Pro just as with a novice "newbie" pro verses newbie thing is bunk..... when it comes to most of the issues people are having.
To answer your question. This is my first nitro rc but not my first rc ever. Iunderstand that fixing broken parts from time to time is normal. However, Iam 30 not 12, I am also not retarded and a machinist by trade. I know garbage when Isee it. At the moment this truck has ran me $300 for 15 mins of fun, that works out to $1200 an hour. If buying a $600 Traxxas or whatever will give me a day or two of use before Ihave to fix something than it would be cheaper that this POS. Am i wrong?
Well if this is an entry level POSthats going to keep breaking unless Ikeep pouring money into it; then Iwould be better off selling it. I would rather invest my money in a quality RC reguardless of price. If any one is interested in buying this truck I'll entertain an offer.
Truck has 6 tanks ran. Electric start & metal spur gear installed. Has broken left rear hub that needs replacement. Make an offer. Or I'll post it in the classifieds.
You will be pouring money into any rc regardless of the brand and parts are gonna break or wear out in time; for example I paid $600 for my HPI Savage Flux and after about 8 runs the brushless motor pinion gear is already shown signs of wear and so is the main drive gear and it is properly meshed and on a bad landing I broke the front suspension arms so I have invested another $100 or more on upgrades.
Is this your first rc?
Another guy on this forum mentioned that it's always the people that are new to the hobby that give the entry level brands like Redcat a bad review.
I was one of those people at one time until I gained some knowledge; like I have mentioned before these things are money pits and it does not matter what brand you buy you are always gonna be putting money into them regardless it's the nature of the hobby and I enjoy spending money on my kits every time they break
If you ask another Redcat hater out there of course they are gonna say they suck and that you should go and buy a Traxxas, Team Associated, Losi, or Hpi product because they are so much better made; I own 2 HPI, 2 Traxxas, and 1 Redcat rc and I break parts and parts wear out on all of them no kit is better than the other appearance wise they ( the popular brands) may look better made but from my experience they break or break down just as much as the Redcat I own.