Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 34
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Skywalker12 Great playground, but description doesn't specify that it requires digging holes.
This is a great looking playground with some good features to play on. It looks good once it is set up. It took me and a friend about 8 hours to assemble. Neither the Home Depot online description nor the box states that it requires 16 in. holes to be dug for the monkey bars supports, so be aware of that! Also it will requires a good amount of sanding after construction. Furthermore, the lumber that comes with the kit is not treated like the lumber purchased at Home Depot, so it will require stain and sealant. Overall it is a good playground, but you will need to be prepared to dig if you want the monkey bar attachment. My kid loves it.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by UrbanDweller Nice set for a small yard!
We purchased this set for our small yard after looking at numerous other stores. This set appeared to be the best quality and best value. Other big box stores offered sets with 2x4's - this set is far sturdier.
We purchased this on a Monday. We were able to fit the box and additional 4x4's in our Honda CRV. Took it home and spent the next couple days organizing the wood and screws. Measured all the wood and wrote lengths on it, and marked all the bags of screws with their length. This would save time later. There are a LOT of little parts to deal with. I also stained all the pieces. I found the wood to be in nice condition. No significantly warped or damaged pieces. The swings and hardware are also very good quality, heavy and substantial.
The hardest part (so far) was constructing the main tower feature. The brackets were in good shape but would shift when you screwed them together, making the whole thing not level or plumb. We were quite worried that the whole thing would be off if it wasn't perfectly level and plumb, but it turns out it didn't matter so much. My husband spent a solid 8 hours working on this and still hadn't added the slide or climbing wall. He said it was hard work, but there were no real "problems". He's a novice with such things, and said the instructions were good, although sometimes he wished for more explanation (i.e. they would show a picture of three screws but not actually state "put the strews here." We kind of had to guess where the climbing wall attached because the picture wasn't detailed enough).
A word on the space needed. We have a small city yard. We had a 25 x 16 ft. area to place this set, far less than the 28x26 required. The actual footprint of the set is 15x15, or 10x15 without the monkey bars. The set fit just fine on our yard, however we made a couple adjustments (thereby voiding our warranty- fyi). We switched the swings to the other side with no issues. We haven't put up the monkey bars, and aren't in a hurry to do so because our son probably won't use them. We have barely enough room for them as-is and I can see why other reviewers say they are hard to put up. The manufacturer warns that the set requires the monkey bars for stability. I do believe that the set is extremely sturdy, even without the bars.
We will probably add a second coat of stain to really make it look sharp. We're very happy and anticipate all the kids in the neighborhood flocking to our backyard this summer.
April 20, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by rlloyd Great kit - 10 hours to complete for 1 person
I found this playset kit to be fairly well constructed. We spent a long time reading reviews online and found the Timber-Bilt kits to have the most reliable reviews. After receiving the kit, I went to Home Depot and picked up the necessary 4x4 posts. I was home by 9:30AM and began constructing the playset. I did not have any help during construction, so in total, including setup and cleanup time, it took me 10 hours to build. The end result looked exactly as the picture and it is very sturdy. An adult can use the swing without any movement in the playset. I was very satisfied with this kit - much better than some of the cheaper sets on the market.
May 9, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by lah74 Poor Quality, no warranty
I ordered the Timber-Bilt Hawks Nest Play Set after spending hours researching and reading reviews about a variety of play sets. I settled on the Hawks Nest as have a good impression of Home Depot products and the reviews were mostly positive regarding the quality of the product. I was very disappointed to have to replace several of the pieces provided due to warping, splintering wood or screws that were too short to provide safe construction of several key pieces. Fortunately, the people helping me assemble it were very knowledgeable regarding construction and had wood that we could use to replace the unusable pieces. Too bad the wood is not under warranty.
May 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 4mychild Check the package
We ordered this and recieved it in about a week. The only problem was they sent us the wrong one and we didn't realize it until the next day. The packaging says right on it to make sure you inspect it before you sign for it, but I didn't pay attention. So make sure you pay attention and look it over first (do it while it's still in the semi trailer if you can because it would be a pain to have to reload it!) The one they sent us is very similar and was fairly easy to put together. It took three guys about seven hours to assemble and my son LOVES it. All in all it was a good investment and I would recommed the Home Depot outdoor playsets.
April 23, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer fun for all
so it's taken me awhile to put this baby together, but that's because i did all by myself in the spare time that i had. I decided to beef it up a little by adding a 4x6 on top. Which is fine as long as you have your own hardware to hang the swings (or are prepared to countersink 2") I didn't think of that! The other pieces of wood that is not included are the two by fours for the outrigger swing supports (2x4x20"). I also found that i was stripping a lot of the wood when screwing it all together. It was all pretty soft. I found myself having to adjust the clutch on my screwdriver. Anyways... the 3, 6 and 9 year olds are having a blast!
June 29, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PinkHardhat Overall Good Value
This set was fairly easy to assemble. Though a couple of details were missing from the instructions, but by process of elimination we were able to figure out what parts to use to assemble the slide.
The kids (1 & 3) are loving playing on it, and I don't think they will outgrow it anytime soon.
The way the slide attaches to the play deck is poorly engineered, we we re-engineered it.
Sturdy build with 4x4s and a good value.
(Be forewarned - ordering online through Home Depot is an awful experience, and the shipping charges are ridiculous. I tried to order the product into a store and was told it would cost $750.)
On the upside, the assembly was easier than the headache of dealing with Home Depot to buy the kit :-p
June 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Canyonman Great Product, instructions lacking
Overall the set was exactly what we had expected. The store had a spec sheet available to help make sure you knew what was included and not included when you picked up the set. The HD staff was helpful and loaded the play set on my trailer with a fork truck. The project took around 10-11 hrs (one Sat.) to build, mostly by my wife and I. The only complaint I had was the instructions. Some of the diagrams were lacking detail needed to eliminate guesswork. The monkey bar step installation was lacking detail, and took several tries to get them right. Better detail in the instructions could have shaved an hour off of the set up time. In all this is a great product, good quality material, and not especially difficult to set up.
May 23, 2011