Farming simulators inherently place quite a bit of focus on operating heavy machinery, from tractors to grain harvesters. It’s therefore only natural to look for a steering wheel peripheral to add some realism to your simulation. This list looks at the best options available currently on the market. Before we start however we should make note of something you will not find on this list. The Saitek equipment bundle is theoretically especially made for simulators such as Farming Sim 2019. In practice, however, it’s not nearly as precise, well built, or responsive as we would like or feel comfortable enough to recommend.
The Top-Rated Steering Wheels for Farming Simulators
Top pick: Logitech G29/290
This versatile wheel is sturdy, ergonomic, accessible, and responsive. Perfect not only for your tractor but for truck or racing sims too.
The Logitech G29/290 is a mainstay in many sim households, whether they be racing sims, trucking sims, or farming sims and for good reason. At a reasonable price, you get a good looking and well-built steering wheel. It’s made of steel with an actual leather cover, which are features even more expensive wheels often don’t offer. Handling it is not only comfortable but you immediately get immersed in whatever you’re playing. Its rotation range is 900°, which is just right to make you feel like you’re taking control of an actual heavy-duty vehicle. The force-feedback is powerful but more rugged than the ones of many other wheels you can find on this list. It will be notchy on occasion, but since you shouldn’t be pushing it too hard, the effects shouldn’t be as noticeable as if you were speeding down Silverstone.
The G29/290 also comes with a set of decent pedals that offer up to 256 registerable positions, look pretty and grip both your foot and your floor admirably. This is a well-rounded set that includes both a good wheel and good pedals for a reasonable price.
As a last note, the only difference between the G29 and the G290 is the console they operate one (The PS4 uses the G29, and the Xbox the G290). If you plan on playing on PC then have no worries, as both will work!
Second Pick: Thrustmaster T300 RS
A more expensive pick, but very much worthwhile if you plan on using it for racing sims as well.
The T300 RS offers an official, licensed by Maranello, 8:10 replica of the steering felt when driving a Ferrari 599xx EVO. This may seem like a bit overkill for a farming simulator, but the brushless motor inside the wheelbase delivers fluid and continuous force-feedback for a hyper-realistic driving feel.
On more universal notes: the rotation range is a great 1080° making it impossible for the steering to not feel realistic. The engine within the wheel is incredibly silent, allowing you to hear every noise from the game without any distracting fans or rattling. The build quality is also very nice, making it resistant, good looking, and multifunctional.
The reason why it doesn’t get our top pick is that this is a ranking of the best wheels for farming simulators. The T300 is a fantastic wheel full-stop, but it has a lot of functions that don’t really add much to your experience. All these functions also come at a price. So if you plan on getting a wheel solely for the purpose of farming simulators, this one will cost more than others you’ll likely enjoy just as much. If you’re looking for a wheel to have to play any game (from racing sims to trucking sims and farming sims) then this is a great choice! Do note however that this wheel only works with the PS3, PS4, and PC.
Third Place: Hori Racing Wheel Apex (RWA)
This wheel isn’t as great as the top two, but it’s price to quality ratio is incredible, making it an alluring pick for those looking for cheaper alternatives.
The Hori wheel is very accessible but doesn’t feel like it’s inexpensive. The build quality is excellent, utilizing only high-quality materials. It’s also very customizable, with multiple programmable buttons and functions. Finally, it comes with an included pedal set. It’s not excellent by any stretch of the imagination, but to include anything extra for such a low price is a great deal, especially if you want to round out a more complete, low-cost, set-up.
The Hori has a handful of drawbacks. The first is that it doesn’t have force-feedback. Nevertheless, the Hori Racing Wheel Apex does try to mitigate this loss with powerful vibrations. These aren’t the same, but they will still feel a lot more authentic and engrossing than a controller or a keyboard. The second is that the rotation-range is suboptimal at best, reaching 270 degrees. Finally, it’s only PlayStation and PC compatible, so you won’t be able to pair it with your Xbox.
Fourth Place: Logitech Driving Force GT
The Driving Force GT is a sturdy wheel that for unexpected reasons functions better than we could ever expect as a farming sim wheel.
Let’s start off by says that the Driving Force GT is not a perfect wheel. It’s not very aesthetically pleasing, it’s a pain to set up via the Logitech utility software, and some users have had trouble getting sims to recognize the buttons on the setup…
Having gotten that out of the way, there’s just something about the Driving Force GT that simply feels right as a farming simulator wheel. Perhaps it’s due to its incredibly sturdy build quality, meant to withstand a lot of punishment, not unlike real-life farming equipment. Perhaps it’s the fact that, despite being made from rubber, it inexplicably feels comfortable. Perhaps it’s the small shifter that’s attached to the wheelbase. Whatever it is, it couples well with solid force-feedback and a 900° rotation angle, making this a surprisingly positive wheel despite its old age!
Fifth Place: Thrustmaster TMX/TMX Pro
This wheel is usually one of our top picks, but the plethora of features that drive up its price make it simply too expensive to truly consider for farming simulators.
The Thrustmaster TMX is a mainstay in many wheel-related articles (which is why we’ve done an in-depth review of it here, though it’s more racing focused). Here are our thoughts regarding it as a farming sim wheel.
The TMX/TMX Pro, utilizes a mix of both belt and gear force feedback systems, allowing for a smooth feel when driving, which is supplemented by the force that the gear portion outputs. From the start, you can thus tell that the target audience for this wheel is most likely one which focuses on racing, or at the very least driving on asphalt like you would in a trucking simulator. It’s not particularly pretty either.
That being said, what it does as a farming sim wheel, does laudably. The build quality is quite good, as it’s made of robust hard plastic, and feels as though it can take quite a bit of punishment. Despite the lack of leather covering it also feels quite comfortable to play with, having an ergonomic feel to it. Finally, it has a rotation range of 900° and generally is incredibly responsive.
The last point to consider is why we’ve included both the TMX and TMX Pro. The normal TMX model comes with a pair of pretty awful pedals. As a start there’s only two of them, meaning that you can forget about the clutch. The break doesn’t get stiffer as you press down on it, again detracting from the realistic feel. If this isn’t a deal-breaker for you that’s okay, but wait until you look at….
The Pro set, which comes with the incredible T3PA pedals. These fix all of the faults of the normal set, from the stiffness to the case of the missing clutch. What’s more interesting however is that, on occasion, you can find the TMX Pro bundled with the T3PA for a cheaper price than the basic model, which is a fantastic steal!
We love the TMX and the TMX Pro, so it’s very hard for us to not recommend them. That being said, consider what you’re looking to get out of your wheel. Much of what we said for the T300 RS can be repeated here, but to even a larger extent (as this one tends to be a bit more expensive).
Sixth Place: Subsonic SA5426 Racing Wheel
This sub-optimal wheel is still decent enough that you should have an alright time when using it.
We’re not going to sugar-coat it: the Subsonic is not a great wheel. It has a 180° rotation range, is a controller-based wheel, and the pedal set it comes with only has an acceleration and brake pedal.
What it does have going for it is an accessible price (though the Hori is by far better) and an easy set-up. As soon as you unpack it, it’s ready to go. It also has around 10 programmable buttons and adequate build quality.
This is perhaps best considered as a gift for a younger fan of the series. This wheel is easy to multi-use, it’s compatible with a large variety of devices, it can easily be re-located thanks to the suction cups, and it’s not expensive.
What to Consider When Buying Steering Wheels for Farming Simulators
When looking for wheels for farming simulators a main consideration has to be price or at least a price to quality ratio. Wheels on this list don’t need all the power or features that you’d expect to find on a sim wheel that is built to reproduce F1 tracks. For this reason, the wheel should also not cost as much. It’s for this reason that we’ve tried to keep this list fairly accessible. Moreover, don’t assume that a higher price point equates to a better wheel. As you’ll see, some “cheap” wheels do their jobs much better than other more expensive and “high quality” alternatives out there.
Farming can take time, and for this reason, it’s important that the wheel be ergonomic. It shouldn’t just be well built, but also well suited to be used for a long amount of time without becoming uncomfortable. Comfortably built, made from good materials, and designed to not strain you, these are all fundamental qualities for a good farming sim wheel.
Rotation Range what differentiates between how an arcade wheel and a simulator wheel feel. If you have to turn the physical wheel more than what the in-game sim asks of you, it will detract for the authenticity. You’ll no longer be feeling like you’re driving actual farming equipment, which is the entire purpose of purchasing this peripheral. We recommend looking for wheels that offer 900° or more of rotation range. Anything extra is a welcome bonus, but 900° is the magic number.
Force-feedback is how the wheel behaves vis-à-vis your actions and what is happening in the farming sim. It tracks and opposes your movements by applying force depending on the conditions under your wheels. This is not a crucial factor. Out of all the simulators that make use of force-feedback, farming simulators are likely the ones that require it the least. Nevertheless, it is still a very welcome factor when it can be found, as it adds to the realism of your experience. As a final note, force feedback is not the same as vibrating. Force-feedback tries to replicate the feelings an actual wheel would have in that specific situation. Vibration is inferior as it only shakes the wheel around.
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