Ertl Big Farm Case IH Puma 180 with J&M 875 Grain Cart review
Children love tractor toys. You want to make that tractor toy better? You get a wagon to hook on the back of it! If you want the toy to be even better? Then you get a wagon that is bigger than the tractor pulling it!
This is what Ertl Big Farm decided to do with their model of the Case IH Puma 180 and J&M 875 grain cart. Bigger is better, at least when it comes to toy wagons.
My oldest son was very excited when one Christmas he opened up one of his gifts and found his Ertl Big Farm tractor and grain cart. He loves using hauling anything that will fit in his grain cart. He has filled it with sand, rocks, Hot Wheels cars, Thomas the Train Engine toys and other toy tractors. The best one has to be what he did recently.
The children and I really enjoy eating veggie chips. They are pretty good tasting and the fact that the name starts with “veggie” makes you feel better after you ate the majority of the bag in one sitting. One day we decided to go down to the basement, where we have a play area set up for the boys. I carry the veggie chips down, so we could have a snack. After a while, the one-year old started to get fussy and I decided that it was nap time for him. The oldest decided to stay in the basement to play a little longer.
Just a couple days later I was looking for those veggie chips. I asked my four year old if he knew where the chips where. After a bit of thought, he exclaimed that they were in the basement and very happily lead me to them. When I saw them, I sighed and my shoulders slumped. There were the veggie chips, piled high in his big grain cart. I got after him for doing that, told him how the chips were stale now and how we couldn’t eat those anymore. The only excuse he had was “But daddy, I needed to haul them to the store!”
Alright, lets get started on the biggest review I have ever done! It is so big, I am going to split this into two reviews. One for the Case IH Puma 180 and than review the J&M 875 grain cart. So, without further to do, lets start!
Case IH Puma 180
Both reviews will use the same system below for scoring. During the individual reviews we will score the Affordability based on the cost of purchasing each toy individually. At the end of both reviews, we will score the Affordability of the tractor and cart as a set.
Just like my other reviews, we are going to look at Functionality, Durability, Realism and Affordability. We will grade these toys in a 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.
Functionality means how much of the toy is usable. For example, do the doors open, does the steering wheel work, can you hook attachments to it, etc.
Durability is how much abuse the toy can take. It will look at type of materials used to build the farm toys and also how well it has held up to my son’s abuse.
Realism will take a look at how much the toy represents the real life tractors and equipment. Does it look like a tractor, does it sound like a tractor are some of the questions we will ask.
Affordability is based on the cost of the farm toy. Higher score means it is more affordable and a lower score will reflect a higher price for the toy.
Now for the same message I write for all my reviews. I do not work for or am I affiliated with Ertl Big Farm in any way, this review is my opinion and is based on what I have seen after months of ruff play with these tractor toys. Now buckle up and get ready, cause here we go!
This tractor toy does quite well in this category. It has two push buttons on top of the cab and depending on which one you push, gives you a back up alarm beeping or a tractor engine starting. The batteries, like all Big Farm tractors, are located inside the cab. To change them you have to take the cab off, which takes some work, (just like all other Big Farm tractors) and a Philips screw driver is required to remove the battery cover.
It comes with the standard removable rear hitch, so you can hook up you favorite Big Farm, Ertl die cast or Bruder implements. On the front of the tractor comes with a removable front weight and the hook ups for a Big Farm loader accessory. This is sold separate.
Rear wheels can also attach Big Farm dual wheels, which are also sold separate. The hood opens to revile a well detailed engine and the front wheels are steerable. The cab is big enough that I can even get my hand inside it to steer.
That brings me to the biggest flaw of this tractor toy, the steering. As soon as my son started playing with this toy, he realized that the steering wheel did not work. It turned, but did not turn the wheels. I turned the toy over to look at the linkage and found out that the bar from the steering wheel was not connected to the steering arm on the front axle.
I pushed the steering arm up to connect it and it might stay connected for a little while before it would pop out again. To me, it seems as if the bar is bent slightly toward the front of the tractor and is causing it to pull out.
Over all, it gets a decent functionality score of 7 out of 10.
The toy is made out of a high quality plastic that is not going to be broken easily. It is clearly designed to handle ruff play and last for years. The front axle looks stronger and bigger than other Big Farm tractors. The weakest part in my opinion is the handle bars on the side of the cab. They are very small and thin, but in the nearly two years that my son has had it, they are still attached.
There are only two spots that have any type of damage. The first place is the front windshield. It has a crack about an inch long from my son trying to shove it under his bed. The tractor was just slightly too tall and the force of him pushing it caused the window to crack.
The other place is the top of the exhaust stack. That was caused by my wife’s cat chewing on it. I guess she thought it tasted good.
There is some paint missing here and a few scratches there, but who’s toy doesn’t have those things after years of play. So I am going to give this Puma tractor an 8 out of 10 for Durability.
Over all this toy has good detail, making it easily accessible to the real life counter part. Decals are in the right spots, the center marker is on the hood like it should be, and lights in the right places. Inside the cab you can see air vents and some buttons. All pretty good for a kids toy.
The letdowns on this tractor is the head lights. All this tractor has is a strip on the front grill that is painted gray. It is the right shape for the head lights, but there is no texture to them. It is the same with the grill. They just painted the front black and put some lines in it. There is no mesh feel to it at all. It is the right shape for the grill, I just would have liked to see a little more fine detail.
This toy is going to receive a 6 out of 10 for Realism.
This farm toy gives us good functionality, very good durability and decent Realism. When I wrote this article, just the tractor alone cost around 25 U.S. dollars with shipping included. This is a good price. So I am going to give this toy a 9 out of 10 for Affordability.
Overview of Case IH Puma 180 Tractor Toy
Let’s take a quick look one last time at the scores,
Functionality – 7 out of 10
Durability – 8 out of 10
Realism – 6 out of 10
Affordability – 9 out of 10
If you like this tractor toy you can check it out on Amazon.
Ok, we are now half done! Let’s look at the grain cart now!
J&M 875 Grain Cart review
Remember, we are using the same scoring system as we did on the tractor. So we will skip the boring old scoring system brief and start right away with the first category.
The grain cart come with a jack to hold itself up when it is unhooked from a tractor. It has a door on the side that opens just like its real life counter part has. You turn a nob and the door slides up to open and down to close.
The best thing about this cart, is that it has a working auger inside it! It folds out, just like the real life version and there is a handle on the top that you twist to spin the auger. I have also found what works best is air soft BBs. You can pour them into the grain cart and use the auger to get them out!
The wheels are just like the tractor rear wheels and can attach Big Farm dual wheels. That is all the functions of this cart, and considering that it is only a grain cart, it has a lot of working features. So I am giving this toy wagon a 9 out of 10 for Functionality.
This is made with the same materials as the farm tractor above, so you know it is strong. Nothing has broken on my son’s toy and it gets used a lot. There are metal pens in places where the auger folds to help with strength. A metal rod connects both wheels to each other.
The ladder in the front of the wagon and the plastic tail light are the weakest parts of this toy. So I am going to give it a 9 out of 10 for Durability.
This J&M grain cart looks a lot like the real thing. It has a decent amount of detail, the stickers are right, you can see the PTO shaft and the jack stand has a visible handle on it. The place that it lacks is the tail lights/turn signals. They just hang out of the back and are just an orange blob.
For those reasons that I am giving it a score of 7 out of 10 for Realism.
This grain cart is bigger than the tractor, but does not have as many features. The features it does have, will bring hours of enjoyment for you and you child. You can get just the J&M 875 toy on Amazon for 65 U.S. dollars. That to me is way too high a price for just a grain cart.
That gives this cart a low 3 out of 10 for Affordability.
Overview of J&M 875 grain cart
Functionality – 9 out of 10
Durability – 9 out of 10
Realism – 7 out of 10
Affordability – 3 out of 10
There is no that we have this out of the way, lets look at the price of the set.
Ertl Big Farm Case IH Puma 180 and J&M 875 grain cart set
This is the part that is crazy to me. As you saw above, the tractor sold individual for around 25 U.S. dollars. The grain cart sold separately is a whopping 65 U.S. dollars.
Together the price is on the high side, but at the same time you do get a lot of working features for that money, but it is a little high for my liking. So it is going to get a lower score because of this.
The finial Affordability score for the Big Farm tractor and grain cart set is an 5 out of 10.
Affordability – 5 out of 10
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