I have good news, and I have bad news. First, the good news – Ryobi’s 18V radio controlled truck is back in stock at Home Depot for the 2019 holiday shopping season!
This truck was a Home Depot Black Friday special two years ago. I bought one at the time and have run it a couple of times. Ryobi customer service helped with a repair when a part broke and part of an axle was lost in the grass.
Now here’s the bad news. I paid $59 for my Ryobi 18V truck and starter kit two years ago. Now, it’s $79 for just the truck.
It’s still a pretty good RC truck for the money, and it works well with Ryobi’s compact Li-ion batteries.
Thank you to Les for the heads-up!
I’m writing about this now because 1) a lot of people have been asking about where they could buy one of these Ryobi-powered RC trucks, and 2) maybe its sudden holiday season emergence is a sign we’ll see a deal bundle or similar soon.
For just the truck, I’m tempted to buy one at $79, but I’d really like to see a kit at this price again, including a basic compact charger and low capacity One+ battery. I guess we’ll see.
Here are some specs:
- 1:10 scale
- 150 ft control distance
- Speeds up to 20 MPH
- Variable speed throttle control
- Transmitter requires 2x AAA batteries
- 2 wheel drive
The truck does get hot if you run it for a while.
The controls are easy, accessing the battery compartment is easy, and trim control allowed for easy adjustment.
I don’t regret my purchase one bit. At $79, I’m thinking of buying another one. At $59, I’d buy another one in a heartbeat, with or without charger and battery starter kit.
The deal they had in 2017 was that you get the free truck with the starter kit purchase, but that was a different SKU – P3800KN vs. P3800N for this truck-only kit.
It can be easy to fixate on past deals. I’m hoping we see another deal like the 2017 promo, but I’m not sure we will. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, and if enough time passes without a better promo, I just might buy the truck-only set anyway. It has been a great “starter” RC truck for me and the kids. Well, mostly me.
As an aside, we stopped in at Home Depot yesterday, and I bought a couple of Hot Wheel cars for my kids for 78 cents each. A Home Depot-exclusive Hot Wheels version of this Ryobi RC truck sure would be cool, wouldn’t it? Maybe next year.