Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 24
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by superdad Just as described, will last for years
Glad I decided to go this route instead of those cheap cedar kits. The kids just want to swing, not climb rocks or sit in some tiny fort. Be sure to get some good, straight, pressure treated wood for this kit (all the wood was around $60). Make sure you have the first two holes (from the edges) on the top bar drilled perfectly at 5.5 inches apart or you will struggle when you attach the A-frames to the top. Also, make the stakes 24" instead of 18". I used a 15 lb sledge to drive them into the ground - it does not move at all, even when I'm swinging (195 lbs). The hardware has at least one extra of every part except the 4 bolts, so no worries there. Once the wood dries out, I plan to stain and seal it to make it look like red cedar - it should look even better then. Total invested was under $200 (had to buy the third swing).
July 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PennDragonArt We love this product!
We were replacing a smaller metal swingset that had seen much better days ..living in the sea of beige around Las Vegas does not lend itself to a large yard and other wooden swingsets would not fit in the space we have, so we used this option. We couldn't be happier ..we no longer worry about our l'il one and neighbor kids being on the swingset together as this option both fits in our space and easily supports their weight ...we hired a handyman to put it together and concrete it into the ground and he said it was a simple kit to assemble and he plans on offering this product and installation as one of his skills ..we are very satisfied with this purchase and its installation.
July 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CAD1 Pleasantly surprised.
Took me much more than an hour, and I know what I am doing, and have every tool imaginable to speed things up. Other than that, great product. I used a 10' beam across the top instead of an 8' beam. I also used treated wood. Built this for my new little grandson. Highly recommend if you want a simply sturdy swing set.
Use treated wood......
May 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SuperDad Good Value
We wanted a swingset for our kids but did not want to spend hundreds of dollars on one. So we decided to get this set and we are very happy with it. I bought the lumber at Home Depot too, and some wood stain/ weather coating. Total cost for the wood and stain was about $70 so the whole project was $170.
It was pretty wasy to put together, but it took about 4 hours, not hour and I am relatively handy. You will need a partner for a couple steps.
We used the configuration with a 10' cross piece to add a third baby swing, which we already had. The kit comes with the bracket hardware for a third swing, so if you want a third one, all you have to do is buy an extra swing, and get a 10' 4" x4" instead of a 5th 8' post.
On the 10' configuration, the swings are a tad too close to each other for my liking and if the kids are on at the same time and start so swing a little sideways, they can bang into each other a little, but its not a problem if they are swinging straight.
I was worried about the cross beam sagging under the kids' weight but I have not noticed that at all. Although the kids are only 40 lbs, 50 lbs and a 20 lbs baby.
The chains for the swings are rubber coated where the kids hold on which is nice.
Our kids absolutely love this swingset and they are on it every day.
You can easily adjust the swing height which is nice.
We stained it a nice natural tone, which we think looks good in our yard.
September 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TeeVee Good value
It was overall pretty straightforward to assemble and I am not the most handy person (I had one person help as needed). I did what the others suggested and waited until the end to drill the holes on the main beam to anchor the A frames - and it was still very hard to exactly line up! What we ended up doing is going to our local hardware store and get 4 long (I forget, maybe 4-4.5 inch) screws with lock/washers/nuts. They don't look as "pretty" as the hardware that came with the set (they stick out the top beam) but they are secure. My boys (5 and 7) love the set!
October 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TuffAsNails Kids Love It!
We bought this for our grandkids. We used a 10' beam for 3 swings and the kids were all over it before we had the posts set. After reading the other reviews, we decided to wait to drill the end holes in the beam until we were ready to put the legs on. We put the beam on the ground, placed the bracketed legs upside down on the beam, and marked the beam for drilling. We were glad we did as the markings according to the instructions were not where we ended up drilling the holes. Before you get started, grab a highlighter, select your plan option in the instructions, and highlight the sections that will apply to your plan. That in itself will shave an hour off your building time!
October 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DizzyP Better than expected.
I am by no means a carpenter. However, I was able to assemble this product myself with the help of my wife and 10 year old son. I also used a wagon to move the swing set to it's final resting place. The only thing I would recommend to the manufacturer is to include an extra small bit. The small bit was made out of soft metal and didn't last the entire project. I was lucky I had an extra one from a past fencing project. I was happy to see that the kit came with the necessary drill bit that was a better quality than the one I had. The wood for the two swings conversion cost only $66 at Home Depot. The wood needed was 5-4 x 4 x 8s and 2-2 x 4 x 8s. It looks like you only need one 2x4 but the other one is to make stakes to stake it into the ground. There are other anchoring products from Home Depot you can use for this but they will be more expensive *but I think probably more effective (I haven't used the anchors yet)*
Over all I highly recommend this product, especially if you want to summon every dang kid in the neighborhood. Sheesh!
May 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brent Good product but the name and required materials are wrong
I chose this item to replace a flimsy set I got at a competitor made of cheap wood. The box and name of this product is false advertising.
1. The name on the box says it is "One Hour Swing Set Kit". Not sure where one hour comes from. Maybe the assembly of the swings themselves. The directions in the box say it takes 4-6 hours. I am handy enough to be dangerous and know how to use tools. It took me 4 hours with a little help from my wife.
2. The materials on the box say you need (1) 2x4x8' and (5) 4x4x8' or (4) 4x4x8' and (1) 4x4x10'. The directions called for all these PLUS (2) 2x6x8' that are used for the A frame middle pieces. I made do with 2x4's I had leftover from previous projects.
3. I used the plan for two swings and additional equipment (used the 10' cross beam and we added the rings). The design would be better if the swings were on the ends where the heavy use is. The other option would be to use a 4x6x10' or 12' beam and add different swing mounting hardware. As it is there is slight (about 1/2") flex in the beam when my two children are swinging (combined 120#).
4. No discussion of burying posts. Stakes will not hold it in place if kids start swinging in unison.
Overall: Plenty of extra screws. The directions are fairly easy to follow. The frame hardware seems sturdy. I would prefer some stronger chain for the swings. The kit says it's only for children up to 10, but when did you ever see a swingset an older kid wouldn't try.
March 31, 2013