Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer
You get a load of extras for the money: FM radio, towed/detachable trailer, 4-wheel drive, heavy duty wheels. Assembly and build quality could use improvement. It takes a couple hours to build and the plastic is on the thin side. Overall, a quick and eye-pleasing toy that lasts about 2 hours on each charge.
With a handful of amenities geared toward pint-sized fun, the Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Tractor is one of our best-reviewed battery powered ride-on toys.
Bells and Whistles
For the majority of ride-on toys, having the ability to steer and go forward is the extent of their performance. As long as the child can move, that should make them happy, right?
Peg Perego didn’t stop there. They’ve included a working FM radio, an adjustable seat with working arm rests, a detachable trailer to haul light loads, and a top speed of almost 5 miles per hour!
Parents will be glad to know that there are two speed modes, the higher of which can be locked out to prevent premature speeding. The lower mode has a forward speed of 2¼ mph and the higher tops out at 4½ mph. Somewhat odd speeds, but it’s still a quick little machine.
It also comes stock with four heavy-treaded farm tires, each of which are active when the toy is moving. Having 4-wheel drive is helpful when trekking through grass or heavy dirt.
Since these wheels are constructed of high-grade plastic and not rubber, they tend to slip on steep slopes or wet grass. Still, as is expected of tractors, this little machine has the torque and speed necessary to get the dirty jobs done.
Charge time for this toy is pretty average. Let it run overnight for a full charge (about 12 hours). Kids get roughly 2 hours out of one charge, a bit more if they’re operating on the lower speed mode.
I’d like if it ran a bit longer, but if you calculate in the extras and the potential weight addition, it makes sense. If you were to detach the trailer, I wouldn’t expect much of a boost in running time.
Amenities aside, there should be mention of the tractor’s overall construction. The plastic with which it is built appears to be about 1.5mm (1/16”) thick. I’d like if it was at least 3mm (1/8″), especially for the rugged nature that this toy is recommended for.
Even children in the neighborhood 40 pounds–half its weight limit–can cause the floorboards and seating area to bend slightly. The sheen of the plastic gives off a nice look, almost as if it has a clear coat finish.
If you have a child who is careful with their toys or not much of a daredevil, it will perform just fine for several years. Don’t expect it to last too long if kids are jumping all over it or crashing them into each other. This is a classic case of they just don’t build ‘em like they used to.
The grand caveat to having so many extras included with this machine is that it takes a good 2 hours to assemble. You might as well put on a movie in the background to keep you company. Something to keep your spirits up. Might I recommend Herbie the Love Bug or The Cannonball Run?
The instructions might as well be written in a foreign language. They aren’t very clear in describing each step. The only thing clear about them is the fact that half of the wording was lost in translation.
Nevertheless, once you’ve invested the minimum amount of blood, sweat, and tears necessary to complete its construction, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. Your kid is about to get their socks knocked off by one of the better ride-on toys offered on the market today.
Peg Perego has outdone themselves with the John Deere Ground Force Tractor. This ride-on toy is sure to give your child many years of enjoyment. And in the unfortunate chance that something were to break, their customer service is eager to please and will provide you with the necessary parts to get you back on the road.