Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck

Green Toys Dump Truck

  • 10” L x 7 ½” W x 7 1/8” H
  • Made from 100% curbside-collected recycled milk jugs
  • Super eco design with no metal axles and 100% recyclable packaging
  • Super safe: no phthalates or BPA
  • Made in USA

12 months & up. Tough and durable, this dump truck is 100% made from recycled milk cartons. The eco design features a workable dumper and no metal axles to rust. 10 1/2″L x 7 1/4″H. Your child can operate one of the most energy-efficient vehicles aro

List Price: $ 24.99

Price: $ 17.49

3 Responses to “Green Toys Dump Truck”

  • goonius:
    70 of 71 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Cool Truck; Poorly Designed Wheels… Rather Disappointing, November 10, 2009
    goonius (a room in a house on a street in a city just like any other.) –
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    Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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    My daughter saved her allowance for this truck, and we were thrilled to find it on Amazon for 35% off the list price, so we really got a great deal on it. In fact we bought two – the other as a gift for our friends’ son.

    Let me say first: I love Green Toys. I love that they are a US-based company that recycles and makes really cool simple toys that are 100% safe. And I love the classic chunky-style of this dump truck.

    However, I think it’s ridiculous that the wheels don’t roll on hardwood floors (our house is all hardwood floors, save for a couple area rugs). It’s a notch better on the rugs, and outdoors in the grass. The wheels still seem reluctant to turn, even on terrain they can grip on. This seems like such an obvious design flaw. Didn’t they test drive the dump truck before mass-producing it? I mean, we’re talking wheels and an axle here, it’s not rocket science.

    We decided to keep it anyway, or rather my daughter did. It was her purchase, after all. She doesn’t seem to mind terribly sliding it around indoors. It gets the most use in the sandbox anyway.

    I guess if I had to buy it again, heck, I probably would… at least if it were on sale again. Who knows, we might add the recycle truck to the collection despite the fact I suspect it would have the same flaw… if it goes on sale. I guess it comes down to this: Do you want a safe toy? Or one that works? OK, I want both. Maybe I’ll disassemble the thing and see if there’s an easy fix.

    In summation, this is definitely not Green Toys’ best effort.

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  • Kevin Gamble:
    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The full story on the “doesn’t roll on hard floors” thing, December 22, 2010
    Kevin Gamble (Columbia, MO USA) –
    Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Green Toys Dump Truck (Toy)

    After reading the reviews here that said this truck doesn’t roll on hard floors, I decided to get it anyway, for all of its other virtues, and encouraged by the idea presented in one of the reviews here that removing the tires and adding lubricant would fix the problem.

    Now that I have it in my hands, I can attest that yes, it does have a problem rolling on hard floors. And the lubrication idea mentioned elsewhere doesn’t fully address the problem. As it turns out, it’s a combination of four minor design flaws that causes the rolling problem. To an extent, they can be addressed.

    1) The shafts the tires are mounted on are too tight. This is the most noticeable inhibitor of rolling, and the one issue addressed by the “adding lubricant” idea. Instead of an axle which runs all the way under the truck between two opposing tires, each individual wheel is mounted on its own plastic post. The post is split at the end – think of an old-fashioned clothespin – and the tension causes a little drag on the wheel. Removing each wheel and pinching the ends of each post together pretty much eliminates this problem, loosening the wheels and allowing them to spin.

    2) The rolling surface of each tire is not flat, that is, not parallel to the ground. If you look at the tire from the side, you can see that each tire is slightly beveled, with the wider side against the body and the narrower side facing outward. When rolling on a hard, flat surface, only the inner part of each tire’s surface is actually in contact with the floor. This leaves each tire more vulnerable to any binding/catching that’s happening elsewhere. This issue can’t be resolved.

    3) The tires aren’t perfectly circular. If you take off a wheel and look at it from the back, you see that the flared/wider side of the tire – the part that comes in contact with the ground – is not a perfect circle. Rather, it’s very slightly oblong, which creates high and low spots when the wheel rolls. When the truck rolls, some tires can get stuck in a high or low spot and disrupt the rolling motion. This can be remedied to an extent by squeezing the (hard plastic) tires in your hands to even out their shape a bit.

    4) The undercarriage of the truck comes too close to the tires. In one spot for each tire, just in front of the front tires and just behind the back tires, the inner “walls” that run behind the tires come too close to the tires, and due to the uneven shape of the tires, they sometimes come in contact with the tire and snag it/bog it down. This can be remedied to an extent by bending the walls of the undercarriage inward at these points, giving the tires a bit more clearance.

    Even after doing all these things, the truck still doesn’t roll perfectly on hard floors. Much better than when it comes out of the box, yes, but not perfect. But it rolls on carpet and the like very smoothly and easily – no hangups at all.

    Design-wise, this would be a snap to fix. I also have a Sprig toy recycle truck, and it has a metal axle connecting opposing tires, which roll flat against the ground. The result: smooth, easy rolling motion on any surface. The Green Toys design, with each wheel attached separately to its own plastic post, a beveled rolling surface, imperfectly round tires, and binding spots between the tires and body, is simply inferior. These things are off only slightly, but enough.

    All of this sounds like a bad review. Not necessarily. While I’m disappointed in the poorly-thought-out aspects of the wheel design, this is a solid toy with a great bed – it’s roomy, well enclosed, and dumps smoothly and easily. Also, it’s made in the USA, uses recycled plastic, and is recyclable itself (has the #2 symbol on the bottom). And it’s non-toxic, BPA-free plastic, to boot.

    So it may come down to priorities. Do you buy the department-store big-name truck that rolls perfectly smoothly but is made in China with possibly toxic materials? Or do you choose the imperfect toy that’s made in the US by an American company using recycled, non-toxic materials? A third option would be the Sprig toys, which combine North American and foreign aspects, and also have non-toxic ingredients, and are designed better.

    Good luck with your decision.

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  • Jennifer Doyle "J.Doyle":
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Truck!, June 3, 2009
    Jennifer Doyle “J.Doyle” (United States) –

    Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Green Toys Dump Truck (Toy)

    I bought this truck for my 9mth old son. He loves putting things in and out of the bed and pushing it on the floor. The recycled plastic is very sturdy and I think this toy will last a very long time! The best part is that if it ever breaks beyond repair it can be placed in the recycling bin instead of the garbage can! I would recommend this toy for any child!

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