Top positive review
Our kid loves it and loves being able to haul produce from the garden, but there are iritating shortcomings
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2017
First, just about any kid is going to love this tractor. Ours loves hauling around his gardening tools in the trailer and hauling produce from the garden to the house. I also love the fact that replacement parts can be ordered from the Peg Perego website for anything that gets broken. In this world of disposable stuff, it is refreshing to actually be able to buy parts to repair a kids toy. The fact that this tractor is made in the USA is another refreshing change.
The tractor and trailer were not too hard to put together, but I found all of the supplemental instructions to be annoying. My guess is that errors and omissions were found in the original instructions and so supplement sheets had to be included. What really needs to be done is to rewrite the master instructions so that the supplemental sheets aren't needed. This would greatly simplify assembly. All instructions need to be in one booklet and in a logical sequential order, not spread across several sheets.
There are shortcomings with this tractor. The first and biggest annoyance is the radio. The radio requires its own AA batteries when it should really run off the master battery. To add to the battery frustration, in order to replace the radio's batteries, one must remove the radio from the tractor, which requires removing the steering wheel. All told, replacing the radio's batteries requires removing a bolt for the steering wheel, a screw to free the radio from the tractor and a screw on the battery cover. In reality, the radio is pretty much junk, it has terrible reception for the lack of a decent antenna, it can't stay locked on a single station and every time it gets turned on, it starts at the lowest frequency and one has to find "their" station again. It really shouldn't cost all that much more to have a halfway decent radio that can get half decent reception and stay locked on a given station even after having been turned off. Even if a better radio increased the price of this toy by a few bucks it wouldn't affect sales. If separate batteries are going to be required for the radio then they need to be easier to replace.
The next annoyance with the tractor is that it comes with a slow battery charger even though Peg Perego sells a rapid charger that can charge a battery in around two hours. Instead of making us buy a second rapid charger that essentially results in the charger that is shipped with the tractor redundant junk, the rapid charger should be included with the tractor. The rapid charging could be a selling point for the toy. After all, a toy that is waiting for its battery to be charged isn't much fun.
Another wish I had for this tractor, which seems to be a problem for any kids' electric vehicle I've seen is that the battery should be easier to swap out. To remove and replace the battery requires removing two screws. If a secondary battery is going to be used to keep the tractor running while a battery is being charged, the battery cage really needs to be held in place with clips, not screws to facilitate quick removal. It is nice that the battery cage will support a larger battery and I will make sure to buy a larger battery as the second battery when the time comes. The original battery does seem to have 2-3 hours of run time if properly charged for 18hrs from the start. In time, like any battery, its total run time will decrease and of course if there are friends over, everyone is going to want their turn driving the tractor. A larger battery will provide a longer run time throughout its useful life.
I would have given this toy three stars, because of the annoyances listed above, but added a forth star because of the fact I can easily order replacement parts when they are needed and because it is made in the USA. Being able to order replacement parts is going to give this toy a much longer service life than it would have had otherwise.