Cheap Toy Tractors – Is It Really Worth It?
There can be a problem for some of us when it comes to buying these toys. The problem can be the cost of them. Most of the quality toys produced by Bruder and Ertl run around the 40 to 60 dollar price. This price may have you looking at other, cheaper alternatives.
These cheap tractor toys can save you money, but do they last as long as the Bruder and Ertl? If they don’t last, then does it really save you money if you have to keep replacing your child’s toy? Let’s take a look at these cheaper toys, the pros and cons and we will find out together if it is really worth it.
Durability, Can They Take a Beating?
While I, like most of us, enjoy getting a good price on a toy, I also want them to last longer then a day. When my kids get hold of them, they will be tested. So I need a toy that can hold up to little kids playing with them. This can be an issue when it comes to cheaper brands.
Many times these cheaper alternatives are not built to the same quality that Bruder is. The plastic used is thinner and isn’t made as well. Most of the time, what breaks are where the wheels connect to the body. This is caused by children putting some of their weight on the toy when they push it around.
When the toy is built from cheap materials, it keeps your cost is low. Be warned though, with cheap construction, comes low durability as well.
What Kind of Tractor is That?
Now this might not bother some children, but my son knows most of the tractor manufactures. So when he got a cheap tractor toy, it was not brand specific. He asked me what kind of tractor it was. I wasn’t sure, it looked a little like a John Deere, a little Ford and maybe a little Case IH.
The toy makers save money by not buying the rights to build models of the tractor manufactures. So they make a random model and call it something along the lines of “Tractor Truck” or “Ag Vehicle”.
Like I said before, this may not bother you or your children, but for some this is a deal breaker.
Detail, Detail, Detail…
As before this also may not bother you as much as other people, but there is very little detail on the cheaper tractor toys. The toys are all but void of detail. The grill is just an area painted black and the cab is lucky to have a seat.
This is another way that the toy manufactures keep the cost low, but it also takes something away from the toy. It takes away from the role-play, you lose the excitement that your children get when they see a real tractor and they exclaim “look that is a tractor like mine!”
I Can Not Afford the Bruder and Big Farm Tractors
I completely understand if this is you. You are almost always going to pay at least 30 dollars for one, and for some that is hard to spend. If you can, I do encourage you to buy Bruder. They are very durable and full of features. Their toys are made from the highest quality ABS plastic and are well worth the money.
If you just can’t afford their toys, then I would point you to Ertl Monster Treads. They are a little smaller than 1/16 scale toys, but they are sturdy and come with working steering and fully functioning front loaders. Many also come with lights and sounds.
Monster Treads are monster truck like tires on the body of a tractor. They come with large, wide, soft rubber tires and they look enough like the real tractors that your children will be able to tell that their toy is modeled after it.
These toys can run up to around the 40 dollar mark, but most of them run between 10 to 20 dollars. While these are not scale models of real tractors, they are official products of John Deere and Case IH. Your children will have endless hours of fun with these tractor toys.
I want your child to enjoy tractor toys as much as I have. No matter your budget, their is a tractor toy out there for your child and you. I hope you have found this article helpful.
Thank you for reading,