I purchased this for my three year old grandson as well as the bulldozer for Christmas. They still have the lights and sounds and are his favorite two toys. I am now trying to find something he will like for his fourth birthday.
This is my sons favorite toy. He got it for his 2nd birthday and it lasted all winter. He took it outside this summer and it even made it through several rain showers. It eventually succumbed to sand however. We have purchased a 2nd one for strictly inside use and we are going to get him another for outside because he lost a pin on that one and the arm came off. I haven't had any problems with this brand, as we have the dump truck and front end loader, and they both have lasted a year, and are still going.
I originally purchased this excavator for my son for his birthday. It worked for about 2 days then completely quit. We changed the batteries and it still would not work.
My son was disappointed but wanted to keep it. I just purchased a new one for him online in the hopes that the first one was just a dud and a new one would work better. The new one arrived yesterday and within an HOUR the forward and reverse had stopped working. The arm still lifts and lowers and the sound still works, but no forward or reverse. My son is very disappointed. He keeps asking his dad to fix it, but there is no fix for it.
We have found that the skid steer with tracks has the same issue. The toys with wheels instead of tracks seem to work fine.