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Pedal Kettler Cat Kid Tractor Vs Peg Perego John Deere Loader

In this review I’m going to compare the Kettler Cat Kid Tractor pedal tractor against the Peg Perego John Deere Loader toy for sale and hope to highlight each pedal toy tractor’s individual merits and shortcomings and help you form a informed decision regarding them. I choose these two products to compare because they are two of the most popular kids pedal loaders in the US today and a made by two reputable kids toy manufacturers in the world. Both these kids loader tractors are in the same price range too and are Licensed Merchandise of John Deere farm vehicle and Caterpillar construction vehicle companies. But first here are two pictures of the kids pedal tractor loaders we will be comparing.

Peg Perego Loader

Peg Perego John Deere Loader (Image by Dexter Brisbane)

Kettler Kid Tractor

Kettler Cat Kids Tractor (Image by OneGrandma’s Dream)

Price of the Pedal Loaders:

Price wise both of these products are not cheap toys. Even for large ride on toys or pedal toy tractors they are expensive. The Kettler Caterpillar kids tractor has a listed price of about $200 by Kettler. The listed price of the John Deere loader by Peg Perego is about $190.

So considering the price and at a glance of the two pedal toys, the Kettler CAT tractor has a obvious advantage because it comes with a detachable hauling trailer which the Peg Perego John Deere Loader hasn’t got. A trailer can be attached to the John Deere loader which must be purchased separately.

Recommended Age Range And Adjustable Tractor Seat:

Kettler Catepillar Kid loader is suitable strictly for two to four year old children. But the Peg Perego John Deere pedal loader has a longer age range of two to six years because it has a adjustable seat that accommodates your child’s growth. Due to this fact one may say Peg Perego John Deere kids loader can be used longer by a kid than a Cat Kettler pedal loader.

Size of the Kids Toy Loaders:

The John Deere kids loader measures 25 x 19.5 x 38 inches in size and weighs 34 pounds. The Kettler Catepilllar kids loader (without the trailer)  is 17.7 x 15.8 x 32.1 inches in size and weighs 23.4 pounds. So the John Deere loader is slightly bigger than the Cat Loader which contributes for its ability to accommodate 5 and 6 year old kids.

Maximum Weight Capacity

Here too the John Deere loader has the advantage. It can accommodate kids of 65 pounds as oppose to the Kettler CAT loader’s 50 pound weight limit.


Both of these loaders comes packaged in parts and you have to assemble them. In both these products cases, you find very poorly written assembly instructions and diagrams. Also assembling certain portions of both these toys is very difficult and sometimes you need two adults combined efforts. This has lead to many customers being frustrated with the loader they bought. So if you buy either of these be warned you. You are going to find assembling them a big challenge and not a thing to be left to do on a birthday or special holiday morning. Assembling the toy kid loaders will take patience and at least two hours of concentrated effort.

Peddling And Loading Ability of the Loaders

Out of all the things we have compared between these two kid loaders its stated features and ability to do what the product description says in real life is the most important. First lets look at the Kettler Cat Kid Tractor. Kettler described their product as a fully functional front kids peddle loader which is able to scoops up big piles of dirt, sand, or snow. The peddling ability according to buyers, their kids finds it okay to pedal on flat driveways and lawn and within homes, but they say it’s hard to pedal on more challenging terrain.

Also the product description by Kettler says the loader has got sturdy resin tires with rubberized treads. However many customers have complained that the tires are completely resin and you don’t find rubberized thread on it. As for the loader, most customers are happy with its ability to load, collect and unload things from the bucket. Kids are using this Kettler bucket loader to collect their toys, laundry and other small things that lie on the floor and move them around the home.

The Peg Perego John Deere loader also fares the same in this regard. Peg Perego says with their toy loader 2 to 6 year old children can pedal and maneuver their very own tractor with a real heavy-duty front loader that scoops, carries and dumps. The dumping and scooping is fine with the John Deere loader and kids seem to love it. But like the Kettler loader it can use rubberized tires for better traction.


Considering all these aspect both these toy loaders I think both these are great products but with shortcomings. Certainly in both of them you find that assembly is difficult and they are not the best pedal toys in the market. But their resemblance to the real vehicles and for their ability with the bucket loader scooping, carrying and dumping they make great gifts to kids. If I’m pressed for a choice I would say I like the John Deere Peg Perego Loader because it is bigger and also has a larger back tires not to mention the John Deere bucket seat looks more comfortable for the kids than the Kettler Cat pedal loader.

You can find out each pedal toys latest price as well as read reviews by visiting their respective pages on Amazon at Kettler Cat Kid Tractor and  John Deere Peg Perego Pedal Loader



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One Response to Pedal Kettler Cat Kid Tractor Vs Peg Perego John Deere Loader

  1. Great to have information. These are expensive decisions for parents!

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