As we all know, electric skateboards are pricey items, which often costs more than $1000. And, it is not a secret that most of its fans are youngsters, who are often financially unstable. Over $100 is just too much money to pour on an electrically powered toy/novelty/plank vehicle, and cheaper options usually come with bad quality.
Luckily, there are some measures to solve the problem. You don’t have much money? Rest assured, you can get something decent within your budget. Don’t keep your expectation too high, but I’m sure the solutions below can somehow satisfy you.
05 ways to get the cheapest electric skateboards
1. Look for discounts and coupons
The cut-throat competition in the market brings customers certain benefits, and one of them is discounts. All electric skateboard manufacturers have an online channel for you to follow and keep up with their newest notifications. That means if you are lucky enough, you can get your dream item at half of the retail price. Besides, you can gather a group and buy in bulk to earn incentives.
The deck is responsible for maintaining the balance and stability as well as providing a good flex for doing tricks on your board. Hence, it’s important that you have yourself a high-quality deck that comes with reliable manufacturers.
A good skateboard deck requires a lot of important contributing factors. And to produce a good skateboard deck, the manufacturer must put in a lot of effort and money. For those who still think that skateboard deck is expensive, here are the facts that would make you reconsider.
Follow our post as we show you what are the factors that contribute to the current pricing of skateboard decks.
The construction of the skateboard deck
Most skateboard decks are made of Maple plywood, or which they called “veneer”. While expensive boards use high-quality and 7 standard layer of veneers, most cheap products are made with less than 7 sheets of veneer and low-quality woods. The making skateboard decks involve a lot of handmade processes, thus resulting in a higher price.
For those who’re looking for a comprehensive guide on building their own skateboard ramp, our post will give you a good start. We’ll be introducing different types of ramps and what are their requirements, thereby you can decide on your own which one is more suitable for you. The following articles will be explaining the general steps for constructing your ramp. It’ll give you an idea on how to make your own skateboard ramp.
Depending on the amount of space that you can provide and your capability, there are many different options when building a skateboard ramp. It can be a small kicker ramp or a micro quarter if you’re looking for something small and efficient. However, if you have the capability, you can choose larger ramps with funbox & ledge design, or a kicker ledge, and so on depending on your preferences. Once you’ve decided your ramp style, you can easily draw out a construction plan for it.
Prepare the material
For the materials, we’ll need lumbers, plywoods, and steel materials.
We were using the lumbers for making the frame so make sure you choose high-quality ones. The measurement should be 2×4 inches to ensure its durability and strength. For the length, you need to have lumber with various length ranging from 3 to 10 feet since we’ll be using them for different positions.
The plywoods are used to cover on the frame, so there has to be enough of them. You should decide how much plywoods you need to prepare and their dimensions judging on the size of the ramp you’re going to build. Regardless, for the sides, it’s best to use thicker plywoods to ensure longevity and strength. For the surface, since you’ll require a lot of bendiness from the boards, thinner plywoods should be your priorities. That being said, we recommend using both 3/4” and 3/8” plywoods with your construction. In additions, 1/4″Masonite board should be added on the ramps to protect you from falls.
And finally, for the copping, we’ll be using steel pipes. You can choose whatever type of pipe that you want, just need to make sure that they fit on your design and are thin enough to drill through. Moreover, we’ll also need a few 3/16″ metal plate for making the thresholds on your ramp. They’ll give you smooth transitions when sliding on and off the ramp.
To position your ramp on the ground, it’s also useful to attach a few rubber plates at the bottom of it. So make sure you prepare some of them.