Some people are unaware of the difference between a toy-grade RC or a Hobby-grade RC. In this blog, we will explain the variance between a toy-grade RC and a Hobby-grade RC and why Hobby-grade RC is often the better choice.
Although both products come into the category of RCs – they differ when it comes to quality, durability, reliability, repairability, performance, capability, and upgrades. Also, we don’t want you thinking that the toy-grade RCs are not suitable in some cases; however, in many cases, a Hobby-grade RC is the better investment.
The information below will explain the primary differences between a toy-grade and hobby-grade RC. Let us begin.
Parts and repairability
Parts are generally available for Hobby-gradee RC, and they are designed to be repairable. So, when a particular component of a Hobby-grade RC is damaged, it can be replaced even after several years have passed. For example - for Hobby-grade RCs, there would be aluminum shocks or Gears available at an RC hobby shop. These parts are built for specific models, so instead of replacing your hobby-grade RC, you can just change the damaged part. In many cases, you also have the option to upgrade plastic parts to metal parts (for excellent durability) and to customize your vehicle
For toy-grade RCs – the spare parts are virtually nonexistent, and these products are not designed to be repaired.
A toy-grade product often break within a few weeks or months of purchase, and as they cannot be repaired, you have to discard them (adding to our landfills) and then purchase a replacement.
Comparatively, the concept of hobby-grade RC is based on durability. These RCs use higher quality components and materials, which allows them to last longer and be less likely to break in collisions, etc.The top-quality parts and design will enable them to be more tolerant of mud, puddles, dirt, and snow.
RCs are meant to have fun with, which means that hobbyists drive them around a lot on rough terrains, sometimes they collide with objects, and eventually, some quality parts break. This part is where the availability of the replacement of products makes a difference. Also, hobby-grade RCs are much more water-resistant like the RC Race Truck HSP is.
In general, a hobby-grade RCs are much faster and perform at a much higher level than a toy-grade RC. This performance is due to the technology within the hobby-grade RC is more advanced as compared to the toy-grade vehicle. Hobby manufacturers are continuously coming up with new technologies to upgrade their products, adding new capabilities, and making them perform even better than before.
Hobby-grade RC is available with both electric motors or nitro gas engines, while toy-grade vehicles only come with electric motors. For example – The RC Nitro Gas Buggyis a brand new high-quality product. This RC is pre-assembled with radio gear, and it is painted and trimmed. There is a high-performance 3.0cc nitro gas engine installed. It comes along with a 2.4 Radio, for extended range and no external interference from other cars. The tail wing on the RC Buggy creates a rear downforce, which gives an advantage to the traction and provides high-speed stability.
All the features mentioned above are generally missing in the toy-grade products, and their lower performance and capabilities, and short life will not retain the user’s interest as long as a hobby-grade product.
The last concern is the pricing of both of the products. A hobby-grade product will initially cost you more than a regular toy-grade product. However, when you consider the short life of a toy-grade RC and the greater quality, performance, and repairability of a hobby-gradee RC, the hobby-grade RC represents a better value in the longer term.Additionally, the RC user will obtain more enjoyment from the higher speeds and greater capabilities offered by hobby-class RC
A hobby-grade RC is a product that will last for many years due to its top-quality manufacturing. The quote “you get what you pay for” fits when it comes to the comparison between a toy-grade vehicle and a hobby-grade vehicle.
Now the final question is whether you should purchase a toy-grade or a hobby-grade? – Our verdict ends with the statement that the toy-grade RCs are best for young children who may not be able to handle the higher performance of a hobby class RC. For children over eight and RC hobbyists who want to enjoy racing with their car, truck, or buggy, the best option is to invest in a high-quality product, which is the hobby-grade RC.