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MAXIM WOODEN TRAIN RED MOTORIZED ENGINE
|CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.|
These Motorized Engines have strong magnets to pull your cars along. The rear wheels have rubber tread for traction. The small switch on the side of the engine turns power on and off. This is a must for your little engineer, and a great addition for any train set. Powered by 1 aaa battery which is not included. Compatible with Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway, Brio and other fine Wooden Train Sets and Accessories. Backed by Maxim's Enterprises product lifetime guarantee.
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19 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Decent motorized engine, not the greatest quality or ease of useJul 01, 2009
We were very excited to find a little affordable motorized engine for my son who is a BIG train lover. He has lots of wooden trains and spends lots of time playing with them. We thought this would really get him excited and we were right -- right out of the box, he tossed aside all other toys from Christmas and was begging us to get it out of the package!
Unfortunately, the switch to turn it on/off and forward/reverse are all in one and to turn it OFF, you have to slide this little bar exactly halfway in (right in the middle) from left to right. It is located just behind and above the back wheel, and is a little plastic bar that you slide right or left to make it go forward or back. The middle is stop/off...which for a 2-3 yr old is a very hard task to accomplish given the lack of very fine motor skills... So that was VERY frustrating for him and for us...because we always found it running, lying on the floor or stuck on his track, wheels still churning away, burning up the batteries.
We put in rechargables right away, but after only one day's use, they're toast and in the charger again. Wouldn't be a big deal if it was a simple "snap it open and pull out the batteries", but you have to unscrew the compartment to get to them, requiring a precision phillips head screwdriver. Annoying, especially when you ahve to do it this often!
So, if you are looking for something affordable and don't care so much about your kid mastering the goofy switch, this is a decent little train and has held up well. It will pull about 3 wooden normal sized train cars up a hill or two, but anything more than that is really grinds to get it up or just doesn't do it at all. My son is your typical engineer, and well let's face it... MALE... and puts on the FULL LOAD of cars and gets upset when it won't pull it up the hill!
The rubber tread on the front and back wheels is very thin and I don't know how long that will last with it spinning its wheels now and then trying to chug up the hills. Once that is gone, the poor thing will be useless on hills!
So it's a toss up. Spend a little more money and buy something hopefully better quality and easier to use -- or go with the cheaper one and just deal with the small annoyances.
Bottom line -- GET GOOD RECHARGABLE BATTERIES!!!
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
the little train that couldApr 04, 2011
By J. Banker
My son finally got to play with this yesterday, after postponing his birthday party for awhile. He's two (below the recommended age of three), but still loves it and handles it well. His favorite part is pushing the button to hear the sounds.
The train uses two types of batteries - 2x LR44 for sounds and 1x AAA for movement. The AAA is replaced by unscrewing the screw in the engine smokestack and pulling off the black part of the boiler. The LR44's are accessible from the rear of the unit (pretty obvious). The train was driving for maybe an hour before we were done for the day, and the AAA did not run out. Still, get some rechargeable batteries.
I also had fun with the train while my son was watching and figuring out what it was for. We had about EIGHT cars and non-powered engines being pulled around the track by this one motorized engine. The pulling power amazed me. If yours doesn't pull as well, check the battery! Yes, the train pulls rather slow compared to larger HO/O/etc trains, but this is a train for a very young child!
The one drawback - just like real trains, this engine has a minimum track radius that it can navigate. Our large train set this engine complements has two types of curves. The long, smoother curves work fine. On the short, tighter curves, this engine will get stuck half the time or jump the track the other half of the time. The wheelbase of the engine is slightly too long to navigate the small curves.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Too frustrating for little ones.Apr 30, 2013
By Bay Area Mom
I purchased this for my 3 year old. This train doesn't have enough power to go up the slightest incline with a few cars behind it or even alone. It also cannot turn curves very well and gets derailed. He loves the sounds it makes but after trying to get it to run on his track it becomes too frustrating for him. It's a waste of money. If you want a good motorized engine, go with the Thomas ones.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
the hard working engineFeb 18, 2014
By Erika Baer
The engine is using a lot of batteries, I have to change them almost after every use ( no more then one hour per play).
Even without wagens attached to the engine it goes very slow and has a tendency to fall off the tracks in a turn.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
It Works! but there are better ones out there. Of couse for more money...Sep 22, 2014
It's not brio but it works. One problem is that the wheels will not freewheel (motor disengaged). It seems to have a slight wobble and the motor binds up momentarily even when the train is not on the track. Sounds button on top is nice for kids to push as it goes by.
I overall like it but feel I paid a little to much for it (Sixteen). Brio makes a great one with a large drive wheel (twenty five dollars). Fisher Price makes a Thomas train (eighteen or on sale for ten dollars) that both put this one to shame.
Battery was a little hard to install but if you follow directions it works and feels solid when installed.
As long as you understand these limitations, get it. It does work.
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