Farm Toy Review – Kubota SSV 65 Skid Steer Loader by NewRay
This is my first Kubota toy review and my first review of a toy that is not a 1/16th scale model. NewRay’s has built an 1/18th scale version of the Kubota SSV 65 skid steer. It has many positive things going on, but also falls flat on its face in some areas.
My sweet, crazy four year old really likes skid steers. Recently we went to an open house at the local New Holland dealer. While we look at and sat in countless tractors, we spent most of the time in the three skid steers. He loved sitting in them, pulling on the controls, pretending that he is hard at work, scooping manure and picking up bales of hay.
Since my son loves skid steers, my wife’s parents decided to buy him a toy skid steer for his birthday. So on his birthday he opened his presents, and found his Kubota skid steer. Needless to say he was quite happy, and really enjoyed that you could put different buckets on the loader.
The set came with a round bale, two square bales, bucket, bucket with clamp, pallet forks, and a post hole digger. I was initially impressed with the amount of stuff this toy came with, but became concerned when I saw one wheel was bent. It was not too bad, my son could still use the toy, it just had a little wobble when he pushed it around.
Two weeks later he was playing with it and I noticed that the bucket cylinders did not hold the bucket up anymore. They had already worn out, so he couldn’t even put the bucket on without holding it up. Then shortly after that the bucket attacher broke right in the center. A little time after that, half of the attacher broke completely off, so now he can’t put the different buckets on.
Needless to say, I was not impressed anymore with this tractor toy. You may also have a feeling as to where this review is going, but this toy has a few good points to cover as well. So let us start this farm toy review.
Kubota SSV 65 skid steer by NewRay
Here is the category that we will be judging this farm toy by, Functionality, Durability, Realism and Affordability.
Functionality means how much of the toy is usable. For example, do the doors open, does it have working lights and sounds?
Durability is how much abuse the toy can take. It will look at type of materials used to build the skid steer 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 counterparts. Does it look like a real skid steer?
Affordability is based on the cost of this farm toy. Higher score means it is more affordable and a lower score will reflect a higher price for the toy.
You need to know an important fact. I do not work for or am I affiliated with NewRay in any way, this review is my opinion and is based on what I have seen after months of play with this NewRay toy. Let the review began!
This skid steer toy came with a functioning front loader and removable bucket. It also comes with three loader attachments, besides the regular bucket, so that is four attachments in all. To change the attachment is very easy, just hold the loader still with one hand and then pull the attachment up and it slides off the loader. To put one back on, just hold the loader and line up the two slots and push down on whatever attachment you are using. That is all you have to do.
One of the front loader attachments, is a grapple bucket. The grapple opens and closes by hand so you can put the square bales in the bucket and close the grapple to carry them around.
Also, this toy comes with working lights and sounds. There are two buttons on the back of the toy that will make an engine starting sound or a reverse alarm sound and both make the lights flash.
This Kubota toy does come with some nice functioning features, so I will give this toy a respectable 8 out of 10 for functionality.
This is the area that this toy suffers the most. Right out of the box, it had a wheel bent. It stilled rolled fine, but certainly was disappointing to see. Then the grapple part of the grapple bucket came off, because the pin that holds it to the bucket did not stick out far enough to hold the grapple to the bucket.
After a couple weeks of having his skid steer toy, he was putting on his bucket and the bracket that holds the bucket to the loader cracked in half. You could still put the attachments on, just had to hold move each side of the loader attacher to line up the bucket.
Then the bucket cylinders would not even hold up an empty bucket anymore. Then after a month of owning this toy, one half of the cracked bucket attacher snapped off. Now you can’t get a bucket on the toy anymore. My son still plays with it some, but not like he did for that brief month he had it before it completely broke on him.
The only reason that this toy is not receiving a 1 is the fact that the body of the toy is sturdy. The weak spot is clearly the bucket attachment. This toy will get the lowest score yet in one of my farm toy reviews. 3 out of 10 for durability.
NewRay’s skid steer redeems itself some with the toys modeling. It looks good, has good detail on the outside. All the decals look good, hoses are in the right places, the loader hydraulic cylinders look good and are in the right places.
The one place it lacks detail is in the cab. Looks like they just quickly molded a seat and made a couple of bumps for control levers.
This toy looks good unless you look inside the cab. So this Kubota SSV gets an alright score of 5 out of 10 for realism.
With all the stuff that comes with this toy, (two square bales, one round bale, four loader attachments) the price is justified. At the time of this article (November 2018) this toy was around 30 U. S dollars. Without looking at the other categories, it is a fair price for this toy.
I am going to give it an 8 out of 10 for Affordability.
Quick over view of the scores for this toy.
Functionality – 8 out of 10
Durability – 3 out of 10
Realism – 5 out of 10
Affordability – 8 out of 10
While the scores in three of the categories are decent, it is the durability that is the most concerning. If a toy can not hold up to being played with, then what is the point of buying it? I love all the accessories that this farm toy comes with, but besides the bales, he can’t use the other buckets on anything else. So they are just sitting in his toy box now, collecting dust.
I have to say that I do not recommend this toy. If the front loader was stronger built, I would encourage you to buy, but at this time it is not.
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