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Green Toys Dump Truck 5512757
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- Moveable dumper
- No metal axels for safety
- Made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic
- 100% recyclable packaging
- Super safe: no phthalates or BPA
- Made in United States
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Need help hauling a big load while helping save the planet? The sturdy Green Toys Dump Truck is ready to get working. Made in the USA from 100 percent recycled plastic milk containers, this award-winning, eco-designed toy truck has no metal axles and a workable dumper that encourages motor skill development.
Everything Green Toys Inc. does--from using raw materials to running its California-based manufacturing processes--is geared toward one purpose: making products that are good for the earth and safe and fun for little ones.
Made in the USA
The Green Toys Dump Truck is manufactured entirely in the USA, supporting the domestic economy and our planet.
Safe Products Start with Safe Materials
Like all Green Toys products, the Dump Truck is made from 100 percent recycled milk jug plastic. The recycled HDPE (#2 plastic) meets FDA food contact standards and does not contain BPA, phthalates, or PVC.
Green Toys' internal testing regimen often exceeds those mandated by US and international safety standards.
100 Percent Recycled
From its material selections to its supply chain, Green Toys thinks about how its choices impact our planet. That's why the company uses recycled materials and a very tight local supply chain that help save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And Green Toys' packaging is made from minimal post-consumer recycled materials with no plastic twist ties or films.
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Assembled Dump Truck.
IngredientsRecycled milk containers high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
DirectionsNeed help hauling a big load while helping save the planet? The Green Toys� Dump Truck is ready to get working. Made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers this really is the most energy efficient vehicle on this or any planet. The super cool eco-design has a workable dumper and no metal axles. Dimensions: 10�L x 7 ��W x 7 1/8�H For ages 1 and up.
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Let me say first: I love Green Toys. I love that they are a US-based company that recycles and makes really cool simple toys that are 100% safe. And I love the classic chunky-style of this dump truck.
However, I think it's ridiculous that the wheels don't roll on hardwood floors (our house is all hardwood floors, save for a couple area rugs). It's a notch better on the rugs, and outdoors in the grass. The wheels still seem reluctant to turn, even on terrain they can grip on. This seems like such an obvious design flaw. Didn't they test drive the dump truck before mass-producing it? I mean, we're talking wheels and an axle here, it's not rocket science.
We decided to keep it anyway, or rather my daughter did. It was her purchase, after all. She doesn't seem to mind terribly sliding it around indoors. It gets the most use in the sandbox anyway.
I guess if I had to buy it again, heck, I probably would... at least if it were on sale again. Who knows, we might add the recycle truck to the collection despite the fact I suspect it would have the same flaw... if it goes on sale. I guess it comes down to this: Do you want a safe toy? Or one that works? OK, I want both. Maybe I'll disassemble the thing and see if there's an easy fix.
In summation, this is definitely not Green Toys' best effort.
Now that I have it in my hands, I can attest that yes, it does have a problem rolling on hard floors. And the lubrication idea mentioned elsewhere doesn't fully address the problem. As it turns out, it's a combination of four minor design flaws that causes the rolling problem. To an extent, they can be addressed.
1) The shafts the tires are mounted on are too tight. This is the most noticeable inhibitor of rolling, and the one issue addressed by the "adding lubricant" idea. Instead of an axle which runs all the way under the truck between two opposing tires, each individual wheel is mounted on its own plastic post. The post is split at the end - think of an old-fashioned clothespin - and the tension causes a little drag on the wheel. Removing each wheel and pinching the ends of each post together pretty much eliminates this problem, loosening the wheels and allowing them to spin.
2) The rolling surface of each tire is not flat, that is, not parallel to the ground. If you look at the tire from the side, you can see that each tire is slightly beveled, with the wider side against the body and the narrower side facing outward. When rolling on a hard, flat surface, only the inner part of each tire's surface is actually in contact with the floor. This leaves each tire more vulnerable to any binding/catching that's happening elsewhere. This issue can't be resolved.
3) The tires aren't perfectly circular. If you take off a wheel and look at it from the back, you see that the flared/wider side of the tire - the part that comes in contact with the ground - is not a perfect circle. Rather, it's very slightly oblong, which creates high and low spots when the wheel rolls. When the truck rolls, some tires can get stuck in a high or low spot and disrupt the rolling motion. This can be remedied to an extent by squeezing the (hard plastic) tires in your hands to even out their shape a bit.
4) The undercarriage of the truck comes too close to the tires. In one spot for each tire, just in front of the front tires and just behind the back tires, the inner "walls" that run behind the tires come too close to the tires, and due to the uneven shape of the tires, they sometimes come in contact with the tire and snag it/bog it down. This can be remedied to an extent by bending the walls of the undercarriage inward at these points, giving the tires a bit more clearance.
Even after doing all these things, the truck still doesn't roll perfectly on hard floors. Much better than when it comes out of the box, yes, but not perfect. But it rolls on carpet and the like very smoothly and easily - no hangups at all.
Design-wise, this would be a snap to fix. I also have a Sprig toy recycle truck, and it has a metal axle connecting opposing tires, which roll flat against the ground. The result: smooth, easy rolling motion on any surface. The Green Toys design, with each wheel attached separately to its own plastic post, a beveled rolling surface, imperfectly round tires, and binding spots between the tires and body, is simply inferior. These things are off only slightly, but enough.
All of this sounds like a bad review. Not necessarily. While I'm disappointed in the poorly-thought-out aspects of the wheel design, this is a solid toy with a great bed - it's roomy, well enclosed, and dumps smoothly and easily. Also, it's made in the USA, uses recycled plastic, and is recyclable itself (has the #2 symbol on the bottom). And it's non-toxic, BPA-free plastic, to boot.
So it may come down to priorities. Do you buy the department-store big-name truck that rolls perfectly smoothly but is made in China with possibly toxic materials? Or do you choose the imperfect toy that's made in the US by an American company using recycled, non-toxic materials? A third option would be the Sprig toys, which combine North American and foreign aspects, and also have non-toxic ingredients, and are designed better.
Good luck with your decision.
I bought this for my 13 mos. old son, and as soon as I gave it to him he was very interested and didn't want to let go. No problems with the wheels for us(as some mentioned).
It's fun, educational, sturdy, very durable and ecologically responsible. I try to do some research on the toys I get for my kids (yes..I am a bit picky), especially when it comes to BPA and other harmful chemicals. I am happy that we make it right here at home.
20 April 2015 - Edit Review: It's been almost 6 years since we've owned it, it's all in one piece and survived our 4 kids and a few hundred playdates over the years. Currently my 11mos old is "fascinated" with it and wants to play with it everywhere (we do have hardwood floors, and we take it outside on the concrete/grass/sand too). In fact, all of our green toys products and toys are still in excellent condition, no cracks or broken off pieces. Very easy to clean too! I can't get over the quality of this plastic, super durable. I'm a big fan of green toys and truly appreciate environmentally responsible AMERICAN company that makes awesome (great quality) toys for children. If you had the same in your country you would be proud too!!!!
Keep it coming, Green Toys!