John Deere Gator Ride-On
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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.
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.Read more ›
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what a great item my children have used this for over 3 years and still holding up well HIGHLY RECOMMENDPublished on March 23, 2013 by nicholas j patronis
Just called to get help putting the dump bed back down on my granddaughter's Gator she got for Christmas. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Leslie
After almost 7 yrs, (2 sets of tires, one transmission, one wiring overhaul, and 2 batteries), this thing WILL NOT DIE! Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by R. Casto
(Comments from kids age 6 & 7): Buy it - it is really fun! We love this toy because it taught us new things like how to drive slow, fast and in reverse. Read morePublished on November 8, 2008 by BHenders
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This was the frits Peg Perego product that I purchased, and am hands down blown away with the quality of materials and durability. Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by LineWife
My son and his friends love this toy. They take turns driving it all around the court and hauling stuff in the back. It rides well in the grass and on the pavement. Read morePublished on February 6, 2008 by nancy
Less than one month of having this toy, the reverse does not work
we are taking it back to walmart and exchanging it, since we still have the receipt and box. Read more