Set Number: 8292
Year Released: 2008
Number of Pieces: 726
Price: $84.99 CAD, $59.99 USD
Front of the box - letting the buyer know of the included motor and battery box, as well as some of the functions of the set
Back of the box - showing the alternate dump truck model
In the box are four instruction manuals. Two for the main model (48 pages each) and two for the secondary model (48 pages each)
The functions of the set are explained
Random manual page. Once again the instructions are nicely laid out and easy to follow.
The completed model. (Note: This set includes a sticker sheet with about 14 stickers- all of which I applied)
In my opinion, this is a pretty nice looking Technic set. The cab has some nice detailing and features a bit of SNOT construction. The doors can open and close, though they slightly catch on the very bare side mirrors.
The heart of the cherry picker. The set features a single driving ring which is used to control the two main functions.
The opposite side hosts the motor - logically there is also a 24-tooth clutch gear not far away. The battery box is attached to the back of the cab (Note: it requires 6AA batteries).
This 16-tooth gear is located directly under one of the 16-tooth clutch gears, which when engaged by the driving ring will work towards raising or lowering the boom. Just out of sight is a 12-tooth bevel gear redirecting the motion of travel to a 36-tooth double bevel gear... (Note: The green line indicates the transmission path for this function)
...powering the worm gear, turning the 24-tooth gear which is attached to the lift arms and allows the boom to be raised or lowered.
Slightly different angle
Tah - dah! Boom fully raised - this takes about 14 seconds, and when everything is extended it measures approx. 19" (48cm) high.
Transmission path resulting in the rotation of the turntable.
The boom can rotate 360 degrees in either direction and takes approx. 30 seconds for a full rotation.
Bucket extension (this sadly is done manually)
Hand of god steering
One last look at the completed cherry picker.
Build - Straight forward but quite enjoyable, taking a few hours with short breaks. The model looks nice (the cab is fantastic IMO), however due to it's size and weight there is some flex. It's not an incredibly complex model (structurally or mechanically), but for it's size it's about just right. It includes a nice selection of pieces and gears etc.
Playability - Thanks to the inclusion of the motor, and smooth and satisfying functions, the cherry picker is a lot of fun to play around with. I really must emphasize that the speed at which the boom rotates and raises/lowers as well as the smoothness in which it does so is excellent. Having to manually extend the bucket is a bit of a letdown, but it hardly brings down the whole experience. The model also features working steering and opening doors.
Price - 726 pieces including power functions for $85 CAD/$60 USD is quite reasonable. If the set did not include the motor and battery box, it still would not be all that horrible of a price, but thankfully it does - making the cherry picker a pretty good value. An easy comparison would be the 8264 Hauler- which is very similar in price but includes a couple hundred less pieces as well as making far less satisfying use of the motor.
Overall I think the cherry picker is a great set and highly recommend it to both those who are new to Technic and those already well familiar with the line.
I give it a 9/10
Comments, questions, suggestions are more than welcome!
Edited by ZO6, 17 July 2009 - 08:54 PM.