Etrl Big Farm John Deere 6210R with Front Loader and Manure Spreader
This was my oldest son’s first Big Farm toy, and he has used this toy a lot! I am sure that this tractor toy has at least four to five miles on it by now. This tractor has gone on trips of a few miles to my mother’s house to 600 miles on vacation to Tennessee. The spreader has carried everything from sand to snow, grass and rocks, and even building blocks.
Out of all his Big Farm toys, this one is a testament to the durably of these plastic toys. I gave him this tractor and spreader to my son when he was only a year and a half. I know that he may have been young for the toys, but I just couldn’t wait for him to have his first farm toy!
As soon as we got the tractor toy out of the box, he started pushing it around the house, trying to pick everything up that he could with the bucket and dumping it into his spreader. It gave me a lot of joy seeing him enjoying his new tractor toy. There is nothing better than seeing the joy on a child’s face, when they play with a new toy.
That toy is now nearly 3 years old and has held up to all the things a toddler can do to a toy. The old John Deere has a few scratches, bent mirror, and the stickers have come off. The lights and sounds still work, even after it has been left out in the rain countless times.
To say that I am impressed with this toy is an understatement. This toy has held up to everything my son has thrown at it. The toy has more than paid for itself in longevity.
Once again we are looking at a set, not just a single toy, so we will break up this review into two reviews. First we will look at Big Farm’s John Deere 6210R tractor and than Big Farm’s 780 John Deere manure spreader.
Big Farm John Deere 6210R
As in my other reviews, we are going to look at Functionality, Durability, Realism and Affordability. We will grade this farm toy 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 toy 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?
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.
Before we get started I have a very important point I want make. 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.
The Big Farm 6210R has many features. The hood opens to reveal the engine. The front wheels are steerable from the steering wheel in the cab. You can reach the steering wheel through the open back window. The front axle has suspension so the toy can go over ruff terrain.
The rear tires are compatible with dual wheels (sold separately) and an adjustable and removable rear hitch. This hitch supports classic die-cast Ertl implements, other Big Farm implements and also Bruder implements.
This John Deere toy comes with a removable front loader that is compatible not only with this tractor, but many other Big Farm tractors.
On top of the cab, there are two buttons. One turns on a back up alarm and the other turns on an engine starting sound. Both of them also turn on the lights on the cab.
Seeing all of these features is really nice for children, as it gives them different things that they can do with the toy. It helps them to keep their imagination flowing. With that said, I have seen other toys with a few more features than this one, but Big Farm’s John Deere 6210R does decent and I give it a score of 8 out of 10 for Functionality.
All Big Farm toys are made from a high quality plastic. They are weather resistant material so they are safe to play outside with. My son’s 6210R has held up very well, considering all that it has gone through. Countless drops, pushes off beds and couches, running into walls, the list goes on and on. It has taken all the abuse and has held together.
Now with that said, all toys have their weakness and this one is no different. There are two weak points in this toys construction. One of them is the mirrors on the cab. They bend easily and one has broken off my son’s tractor. The other one is the exhaust stack. It is held on by a small amount of plastic on its base and a very thin piece attaching it to the cab. The piece on the cab breaks easily and leaves the stack flopping around.
Besides those minor areas, the main body of the tractor holds up very well and so I give it an 8 out of 10 for Durability.
The design and detail really gives this toy a realistic look. The front grill has good detail on it and the stickers give it a very real John Deere look to it. Looking it over you can see bolts, nuts, hoses, lights and more that helps whoever is playing with it, to feel like they are using the real thing.
There is some detail lacking on the rear of the tractor. I would like to see hydraulic ports and maybe a slow moving triangle above the rear hitch. Also, the cab has a bit of detail, the basic model of the real cab is clearly used, but few buttons and levers are actually there. The sounds this farm toy can make, sounds realistic.
In the end I am giving this toy another good score in the Realism department. Another 8 out of 10.
The tractor with front loader alone is a little on the high side on price. You do get some nice features and a front loader that can go on other Big Farm tractors as well, so that makes the price easier to take.
The Affordably score for the Ertl Big Farm John Deere 6210R with Front Loader is a 6 out of 10.
Here are the score for just the tractor toy.
Affordability – 8 out of 10
Durability – 8 out of 10
Realism – 8 out of 10
Affordability – 6 out of 10
My over all recommendation is that this tractor toy is worth the money. It is tough, with nice features and my son loves this toy. You can get this toy on Amazon.
Now lets look at the Ertl Big Farm John Deere 780 manure spreader.
Big Farm John Deere 780 Manure Spreader
We already covered how this toy will be scored earlier, so lets just jump right in!
The rear wheels on this spreader are connected to gears that make the paddles spin in the rear. Pulling it around on the floor will make the paddles spin. Also, the rear door swings up to let the manure to reach the paddles and the front pusher will slide toward the back, pushing the slop into the paddles and out the rear of the spreader.
This toys features accurately depict what the real life counter part does, so I am giving this toy a 9 out of 10 for Functionality.
It is made from the same high quality plastic as the tractor it comes with. My son has used his spreader a lot has hardly scratched the thing.
One thing to note is that sand will jam up the gears and lock up the paddles and wheels. It was easily fixed by shaking as much sand out as I could, than took the garden hose and sprayed as much as I could into the gears. This worked and freed up the wheels and paddles.
The one weak spot I can see is on the rear door. The plastic that connects it to the spreader is small, but it also feels stiff and rigid. Also, my son has had his for nearly three years and has not broken it. This toy has earned a very solid 9 out of 10 for Durability.
Mostly this John Deere spreader does look fairly realistic, with the detailing and the decals really making that happen. I would like to see a little more detail on the rear door, like hydraulic cylinders and maybe a PTO shaft at least molded into the spreader.
Over all, I am giving it a decent 8 out of 10 for Realism.
For just the spreader there is no score given. This is because I have been unable to find where you can buy just the John Deere spreader. I have been able to find New Holland and Case IH spreaders which are almost very similar to the John Deere. The price for those is about the same as the 6210R tractor. If you want the New Holland or Case IH they are on Amazon.
Finial scores for the Ertl Big Farm John Deere 780 spreader,
Functionality – 9 out of 10
Durability – 9 out of 10
Realism – 8 out of 10
Affordability – N/A
Together the tractor and spreader are a very good toy for anyone who loves farm toys. They can put up with a lot of abuse and will last a very long time.
To determine the Affordability of the set, I am going to use the price of the New Holland and Case IH spreaders since they are very similar to each other.
My opinion is that the Ertl Big Farm John Deere 6210R with Front Loader and Spreader is a great deal. They are selling for a very fair price and will last for years. Taking all this into consideration, with the high price of the spreader alone, makes this set a get deal and also gives this toy a great Affordability score!
Finial Affordability score is a 9 out of 10
The set is also available on Amazon.
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