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.
Can you add some cooling to the motor and ESC? its not uncommon for hobby grade trucks?
If I found one cheap enough, I might throw a dewalt adapter on it and send it with all my dewalt batteries.
I wonder if the body would still fit if one would use a battery adapter? I never have used the adapters but have seen pictures and it looks like like it adds some height to the battery. I also would be interested in using an adapter to my Milwaukee batterys if it could work.
Cooling. Am guessing the motor is an RC industry standard size. Check at your local RC Car Hobby Shop; heat sinks and electric fans are readily available and low-cost. Or better yet, fork over a few more bucks and get a TRAXXAS, HPI, or REDCAT car.
Also available from Direct Tools Outlet for $59.99 if you don’t mind it being factory blemished. I just bought one. Here is the link:
I saw that Direct Tools site had it back in stock. Was at their Lancaster PA outlet on Friday and they were not carrying it. Guess I’ll have to order one.
Thanks for the direct tool idea. Got one for the court my daughter lives on with no traffic. The kids are going to love it.
Where’s the dewalt 20/60v or M12 version? Those are the battery systems I am in, and I would instantly buy this.
Maybe I’m missing something here but how is it that the truck with no battery or charger and has 150′ of radio control range costs $79 and the truck with the battery and charger and has 300′ of radio control range costs $59? Are you sure that the price is correct? If so then what is the reason that TTI priced it like this and what am I getting for paying $20 more compared to the 2017 truck if there’s no battery or charger and a weaker radio control frequency? Something isn’t adding up. I’m curious to know where the additional $20 is going if I’m getting less of a product.
I see that you changed your name/alias. If this will be the new name, that’s fine.
150′ is the given range. Manual says communication stops and truck comes to a halt at 300′. If you think I’m mistaken, click the link and check the current price.
It’s the same truck.
Technically, the 2017 Black Friday deal gave the truck away for free if you bought the starter kit. So, its price hasn’t changed, it’s simply not a freebie offer anymore.
Why not just buy the 20volt version and use many kinds of battery packs instead better truck and more common brand batteries.
I bought one and broke the steering 2nd time out. Save your money, the truck is built very cheaply (suspension & steering components). It will barely go in grass either so you pretty much have to stick to pavement. The throttle is sporadic to start accelerating so it’s hard to control. Just get a good name brand like a Traxxas if you want an RC car.
We got it 2 years ago, had the same problem, the nuts on the wheels came off and lost some parts in the grass. It overheats too quickly but our youngest had fun with it. It obviously doesn’t compare to our good one (Losi) but it is way better than a Walmart type RC truck.
I remember seeing a similar product with the old Craftsman 19.2 system. Nice.
Does anybody know where to get replacement parts? My granddaughter ran mine full speed into the neighbor’s car and snapped the steering gear.
I contacted Ryobi through their website with part numbers I pulled from the online manual and they sent me what I needed. It took some time, but was an easy process. If I remember correctly I had to register and open a support ticket.
Uproar replacement parts :
Does the truck take higher capacity batteries?
If I recall correctly it does fit (but cannot guarantee it until I can double check), but you have to be careful regarding how long you run it for. The components run HOT over time, and extended runtime would likely lead to overheating. I believe there might have been a capacity or runtime warning in the instructions.
The home depot (ryobi) rc truck is garbage. I bought 2 of these trucks for the grandkids. The electric motors drive gear ⚙ slid off the end or of the motor shift on both trucks within days of each other. They are just a press fit , so once they have slid off , they will never stay on.
Do you know were can i fond this truck ?
My son have one but it’s broken… i would like to have thé same truck …
I am searching for these trucks for parts, or whole for parts, to repair our own. Any connections appreciated!
Unfortunately, Ryobi is the only source for replacement parts that I know of.
Found that out. If someone were to scrap any of these, rather than repair, I’d be interested in any parts, or whole trucks. I show my little guys how to try to fix things they break.