ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Remote Control 4WD. The Vaterra Twin Hammers Review

Updated on January 2, 2018
parrster profile image

Among his varied other writing interests, Richard Parr aspires to creating interesting and inspiring stories about life.

The Twin Hammers Rock Crawler is a remote control vehicle designed and built by Vaterra, a proprietary branch of the international Horizon Hobbies Inc.

When a Remote Control (RC) Hobby store opened near us, I took my 12 year old son to investigate ("just to have a look", I told him)... and departed several hours later with a Veterra Twin Hammer (TH); so much for just looking.

Shortly after I bought another; can't let my son have all the fun.

Since then we have used them almost daily, in various environs, and have learnt a lot about the joys and sorrows of RC. The joy equates simply to RC being a lot of fun. The sorrow being when things break and the fun has to stop until things get fixed. More on that later.

Great All Rounders

Having rock crawled, jumped, bashed and raced our Twin Hammer's for several months now, the following is a summary of our experiences and some tips.

These are great all round RC buggies. Out of the box they don't do anything exceptionally, but everything sufficiently, therefore they make the perfect entry vehicle into the world of RC. And the upgrade path makes them even more appealing.

There are few places they can't go. They are tough and reasonably fast; up to 30 km with the stock motor. However, they do have some weaknesses, so we'll begin there...

Summary of Negatives

  • Friction roll at speed on firmer surfaces (i.e tips over)
  • Front chassis support fractures easily
  • Known speed shift servo gear failure
  • Weak/loose stock steering servo
  • Wheel hex nuts strip easily
  • Too many screws

Twin Hammer weaknesses

The first being the speed shift servo which is not always factory set correctly (mine's fine, but my sons failed after 3 uses); Vaterra have published a two page bulletin on how to correct this random problem.

Second there is the Front chassis support; snapped on both our TH's; cheap to replace, but best to spend the bit extra and get the aluminium aftermarket versions. I give a run-down of the various upgrades available later in the article.

Thirdly, the wheel hex pins tend to strip out the hex nuts; especially when pushed at high speed over rough terrain. Again, cheap to replace.

Fourthly, the number screws required to be removed just to access the internals is very high compared to other RC cars; eight screws need dealing with before repairs or upgrades can take place. Though this could be seen as an indication of the strength of the vehicle and overall quality of construction, that really wears thin on the twentieth undoing!

Lastly, on granular surfaces the Twin Hammer hums around corners at full throttle. On firmer surfaces (roads, lawns etc), however, severe friction roll requires a lot more scrupulous attention to cornering; unless you enjoy watching it tip over and roll half a dozen times.

Summary of Positives

  • Does a bit of everything
  • Value for money
  • Well made

Twin Hammer Strengths

The vehicles strengths are its versatility, cost effectiveness and construction quality.

Versatile

As already mentioned, these are great all rounders. If you are new to RC cars and not sure whether you'll enjoy rock-crawling, drifting, jumping, short course racing or just bashing around, then the TH will enable you to get a taste of each.

Cost Effective

The TH comes as a ready to roll (RTR) boxed set, including a quality transmitter, charger, battery and vehicle. Considering that some RC cars are priced similarly, but only include the vehicle, makes the TH a clear winner in the value for money department. On top of this, replacement parts are easy to come by and relatively cheap; though the aftermarket upgrades can cost much more.

Quality

Having owned two, I can tell you that these are quality units. Not without their weaknesses, they nonetheless are built for the task, are precisely constructed and look great.

Father and Son Twin Hammers

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Initial Tips

If you prefer rock-crawling then leave the setup as is out of the box. However, if you also want to tear around the clay track or back lawn, then you may want to install the optional sway bars. They minimise the friction role (less tipping over).

With the provided 2000mah battery, you'll get approx' 15 minutes drive time. If you can afford it, get a few more batteries (either the 2000s or the 4000 shorty's) and invest in a multi port microprocessor charger. This will significantly reduce charge times and help preserve the life of the battery, while -most importantly- allow the fun to continue for longer.

Your Choice

Which Vaterra vehicle is best?

See results

Upgrade Options

Like most top end RC vehicles, there are multiple ways to upgrade and improve performance, appearance and capabilities. Many of these upgrades are achieved via after market parts and therefore may void original warranty if installed.

Key Options include

  • Upgrading Motor and ESC to brushless. The stock system is a 15T Dynamite motor coupled to a Dynamite Tazer 12T ESC.
  • Upgrading Steering servo. Stock is a metal gear 625WP.
  • Replacing easier to break nylon/plastic parts with Aluminium equivalents, for example, the front chassis top plate and the wheel hex nuts.

Suggested upgrades

The upgrade options below are suggested because I've done them and they worked well. However, the choices are endless.

Our Rating

4 stars for Vaterra Twin Hammers

© 2013 Richard Parr

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • parrster profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Parr 

      4 years ago from Australia

      @moonfroth ~ Such warring metaphor. I shall have to man the barricades and shore up the defences I think, in preparation for when we next meet.

      En guard

      :)

    • moonfroth profile image

      Clark Cook 

      4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      AHHH! but you READ, my good friend. You absorb and analyze and question and THINK. I always have to oil the machinery of argument, see to my supply of ammunition, develop new weapons, and ensure my perceptions are doubly keen before I enter into discussion with you. You tax me. you make ME re-think certain positions. And I always learn from you. What more could I ask for?

    • parrster profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Parr 

      4 years ago from Australia

      @Moonfroth ~ As the proverb says, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy'. As devoted as I am to writing and debating deeper topics, I do enjoy considerable R&R, the most recent being a foray into the world of remote control vehicles; my son loves them.

      I'm unworthy of the illustrious title most intelligent Christian. My humble deductions are merely the result of reading the remarkable works of illustrious others.

      So good to hear from you, hope all is well.

    • moonfroth profile image

      Clark Cook 

      4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      PARRSTER -- You are indeed the Renaissance Man! i click on your name for the first time in probably more than a year, girding my loins for battle with the Most Intelligent Christian i know.....and instead find myself lusting for a toy truck in the local dry stream bed! Well-written (of course, it's you) and quite informative. i'd never even HEARD of these things prior to your article. They sound like a lot of fun.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)