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John Deere Gator Ride-On


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  • ASIN: B00005KBVF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,226 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Looks just like the real thing! This sturdy 2-speed (2-1/4 & 4-1/2 mph) John Deere Gator has a gigantic 6Hx17Wx26L" dumping bed with opening tailgate that is ideal for hauling; super-size, super-tough 14" wheels; adjustable seats for driver and passenger; and a see-thru windshield. Also features an on/off foot pedal, working gearshift and horn. Battery charger included. Built to withstand up to 130 lbs.

Product Description

This high-performance ride-on powered by a 12-volt, rechargeable battery features two speeds plus reverse via a working gearshift lever, an on/off foot pedal, and automatic brakes with "coasting" feature. Able to go over grass, dirt, and hard surfaces, it sports adjustable seats, an extra large dumping bed with tailgate, a brush guard, a windshield, a play ignition key, and a working horn. Looking like a real John Deere "Gator," the vehicle comes almost fully assembled and has a one-year warranty (six months on the 12-volt battery). The ride-on is meant to be used by children 3 to 6 years old and has a weight capacity of 130 pounds.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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202 of 204 people found the following review helpful By CMD on August 22, 2001
I first came accross this product a few months ago while researching potential gifts for my son's upcoming third birthday. When it finally became available at Amazon in mid-August I jumped at the opportunity. It arrived via a special cargo service due to it's near 100 lb shipping weight. It was a breeze to assemble and the instructions were easy to follow for a change. This is my first Peg Perego product and I must say I am impressed with the quality of construction and the durability. My son has rammed the the Gator into several immovable objects including the house and my truck without any signs of physical damage. He also took his 8 y/o 90 lb cousin for a ride without difficulty. The steering is very responsive and the seats have four different settings to accomodate your growing child. The dump bed can hold several items and can be tipped up at an angle to unload cargo. The horn actually works and requires a 9V battery (not supplied). The 12V battery (supplied) needs to be charged (standard wall outlet) for 18 hours prior to it's first use so if you plan on purchasing a spare you may want to have one charged before the Gator arrives to avoid any initial disappointment. The battery is installed in the front of the gator by removing one screw to open the hood and simply connecting it to a 12V adapter. I was amazed at the speed in high gear. Five MPH may not seem like much, but this thing goes! There is a safety lock to prevent the manual shifter from being put into high gear if you're not comfortable with your child driving that fast. I initially had the safety lock in place , but took it off after my son got use to the steering and controls. Reverse is activated by holding the shifter down while depressing the "gas" pedal.Read more ›
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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By STEPHANIE WHITE on November 5, 2001
THE ABSOLUTE 100% HANDS DOWN BEST RIDE ON I HAVE EVER PURCHASED. The Gator was a birthday present for my 4 year old twins. After owning the power wheels bigfoot and jeep it is evident that this peg perego product runs faster and handles all kinds of terrain better. From grass to driveways, hills to ditches, my kids can't stop it. My 14 year son wishes he could fit in it so that he could drive it. I would HIGHLY recommend this product over ANY other ride on. It is worth every penney and will provide years of fun and loads of beautiful memories for your family.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By shawn on December 31, 2001
Santa brought our 4 year old a gator to his grandpa's farm. He had asked for one since grandpa has a gator that he uses on his farm.
The vehicle performs well and I estimate that in high gear we took it about 3 miles on dirt roads around our orchards before the battery gave up. In low speed it goes at a perfect pace for a nice walk, but in high speed, you better get ready to jog.
The tires are actually plastic so traction can be a problem, but we added about 20 lbs of weight in the bed and it works well on concrete and short dry grass. It will take a fairly steep hill, but as the real gator it has a good wide wheel base so it's not likely to tip. I've used it to haul wood from the wood pile to the back of our house since it has a 140 lb capacity ( of course the manufacturer wouldn't recommend this).
I had to remove the cover on the speed control to get the reverse gear working, but other than that it seems to work fine. If you're expecting a long walk, I'd buy a second battery, but we're sticking with one right now since a battery would probably last 2-3 hours of "play" use and that's enough for a day...and a good excuse for mom and dad.
It's now 5 days old and has a few battle scars since learning to drive is a challenge for most 4 year olds, but since it's plastic it doesn't scar up your vehicle too bad. When they first drive it, give them a big area to learn in.
Also it doesn't turn too tightly which prevents it from turning over, but then it requires a good sized area to make a turn. To make a complete circle it requires about a 40 foot circle.
I'd buy it again.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By charles scalice on August 29, 2001
I AM A GRANDPA RAISING A 4 YEAR OLD GRANDSON...AFTER RESEARCHING AVAILABLE CARS DECIDED ON THE GATOR...THIS CAR IS ALL OF WHAT IT IS REPRESENTED TO BE AND MORE. AT FIRST, I THOUGHT THE SINGLE 12 VOLT BATTERY WOULD NOT
RUN THE CAR BECAUSE OF ITS' SIZE AND WEIGHT. TURNS OUT THE BATTERY HOLDS UP FOR ANY OF HIS RIDING VENTURES. AM EVEN ABLE TO RUN THE CAR WITHOUT CHARGING AFTER EACH USE, MANUFACTURER INSTRUCTS OTHERWISE. EASY TO ASSEMBLE, VERY DURABLE, AND WITH THE RAISED BED FEATURE, TURNS MY LITTLE GUY INTO A HAULER OF SAND, GRAVEL OR ANY OTHER ITEMS HE DESIRES.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 28, 2006
I bought this for my son's 5th birthday. I had purchased him one of the cheaper ride-ons (6v one drive wheel) at a garage sale about two years ago, mostly to gently introduce my wife to the possibility that they are not horridly dangerous. Being 6 volt and 1 drive wheel naturally meant that it barely functioned new, never mind used from a garage sale.

On to this model. I am impressed. Yes, the entire toy is plastic, but it is reasonably heavy duty plastic.

Pros - *A handsome ride. *My son loves it. *Enough battery to carry the kids around for a couple of hours non-stop even with a couple of Cinder Blocks for traction. *Power applied to both rear wheels. This makes a huge difference in how the toy drives. *It is rated for 130 lbs which means that two young children can ride or even one older child. The cheaper toys are rated at 65 lbs or so.

Cons - * EXPENSIVE! At $[...]after tax at the local Wal-Mart this is not a cheap toy. *Not father friendly - you have to undo a screw, drop down the front panel, and unplug the battery to recharge it. *Enough power to carry the kids around for a couple of hours. You really must be with the children (walking right along side them) while they are learning to drive or they WILL drive into things, kill the gears etc. *The traction is non-existant - see "making it better". It absolutely requires at least one and possibly two cinder blocks in the back, right over the wheels, to give it enough traction to make it up the slightest incline. Adding these cinder blocks then shortens the battery life (and slows it down) since it is hauling more weight. This is an issue with all of these ride-on toys - the wheels are just hard plastic! * Nothing to prevent going from forward to reverse while moving.
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