Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 80
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DiazO Good value for the price
I got this playground at a good price. For what I pay for it's actually a very good product however, I would say the wood could have been a bit better quality. You really need to be careful when you assemble this so you won't crack anything. Aside from that, I think it performs well.
April 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mom1231 Be prepared!
We put this up in December. We have a professional contractor as friend and neighbor. Even with his skills and equipment it took two men nearly 12 hours to assemble. That being said, it was done right and is quite solid and level! Just be prepared. We did not need to buy extra or stronger screws, the provided hardware worked fine. We live in Las Vegas so we shall see how it holds up to the dry heat. But, we were told if we stain it every year it should fare pretty well. I wish we bought some extra swing attachments; my boys are already bored with the swings. But we love it and would do it again.
February 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bryon Good for the money, not too hard to install
Arrives on one double-wide pallet. Suggest cutting off one of the long box flaps to write the part numbers on as you lay out ALL of the wood on the pallet. If you sort all the parts into piles, you can assemble this with one person in about 16 hours.
Don't rush out and buy torx bits, there are two included, they're burried in the bags of screws. Most screws and bolts are torx, but the wood screws are phillips - so make sure you have a quick-change drill bit holder
Towards the end of the instructions they stop making sense, some of the pictures are obviously wrong - for example the "slide support boards" are not depicted properly, not even customer service could answer that.
For the anchor-nuts, the instructions didnt mention this but make sure you pound in the nuts with a hammer, then do the bolt - but dont overtighten because the nut WILL easily strip the wood. If that happens just replace it with washers and regular nuts.
June 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gramma Playset is AWESOME. It's a surprise for my grandkids and they're going to LOVE it!!!
Playset is AWESOME!! Took my son and couple of his buddies one Saturday to assemble. LOTS OF SCREWS!! Directions, precut & predrilled wood made assemble easy -- just took a lot of time.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 3scape Installed Just Fine
I just finished installing this playset at my home in Illinois. I largely built it myself, spending about 2 hours sorting and organizing the parts, and about 16-17 hours across 4 days putting it together (I'm pretty particular, so I spent extra time making things just right). Details below.
Expect a large box on a pallet. The wood pieces were well packed in 3 boxes. The screws, nuts, bolts, and washers were somewhat mixed up in various bags, so it helps to organize these so each type/size is easy to find when you need it. Boards are all numbered, which is great.
The instructions are clear if you've ever built anything before. Building is time consuming but not difficult. All of the hardware worked fine, despite my concerns from reading reviews.
The T-Nuts are fine with a caveat - don't try to power drive the bolts in. I recommend hammering them in before screwing in the bolts with a socket wrench by hand. All bolts are long enough.
The screws are all long enough, though often I thought they are unnecessarily long for some applications. Be careful to not overdrive the screws! The wood is very soft so it's easy to drive them too far into the wood. I had a few cases of wood splitting, but nothing major.
I wanted the swings oriented differently, so I switched the front/back pieces while building. Easy to do if you pay attention to the numbered parts. See picture.
One of the structural pieces came in with a split down the middle, which I felt wouldn't stand the test of time and IL weather. I called customer service, and they said they'd send me a new one. Not sure how long it'll take, but the transaction was easy.
I am concerned with the soft wood, and hope it stands up to the weather. I do plan on resealing it at least every 2 years if not every year. I'm not thrilled with the 2x4's for the swing A-frame, and may end up reinforcing that in the future. However, I think the price is right compared to other brands at 3x the cost. That all said, the kids absolutely love it.
May 17, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by cwagense be ready to reinforce/make adjustments
clicked yes above for recommendation, but the real answer is: maybe. it depends what you're willing to do during/after the initial build.
as others have noted, the wood is soft (pine or something similar with some kind of cedar-ish veneer) and the thinner pieces splinter and split easily when drilled. the directions are also are a bit unclear - and in some sections in an order that makes little sense - but they really aren't any less clear than the average ikea furniture or any other assemble-at-home item i've purchased. it takes a while to build (I did it myself a couple hours a day over about two weeks - yeah, i took my time), so if you can't devote the time or have an extra set of hands a construction-included item might be better for you.
the swingset is very good value for the money, however, and if you're willing to apply a little glue or wood putty here and there and cut some reinforcements - i used 2x4s, mostly around the tower supports, but you'll see what it needs after you build it - it becomes a nice, sturdy swingset for kids up to about 10 or 11 years. my four-year-old has used it every day since i put it up and no complaints/issues/whatever.
two notes: 1) the image has like eight kids playing on it. no matter how much you reinforce it, eight kids is too many at one time on this item. 3-5 max. if you want eight kids on your swingset, keep looking. 2) the product is made for kids up to about 10 or 11 years old: it won't be strong enough for you to swing or sit at the little picnic table with your kids (that's going to require more reinforcements than you're willing to cut and probably more lumber than you're willing to buy). once you build it, stay off of it.
April 28, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Drew Satisfied (Barely)....
I ordered the product and there was no hardware when it showed up at my house. The shipper had broken up the boxes during delivery, so I am guessing it was their fault.The manufacturer was very quick to ship extra hardware I was missing. The wood quality was not very good. Lots of split pieces and what looked like forklift damaged/indented spots. The directions/pictures were pretty confusing. Meaning, you would use your torx bit for a screw and then switch to a regular screwdriver and then switch back and forth...seems like the directions were very inefficient because this went on forever...Anyway, I highly recommend having a deep socket set. My kids love the swingset, so its hard to complain too much after I got it put together. I wished I had never bought it until it was completely put together. The things we do for our kids! It took over 30 man hours all in to put it together correctly. It was a really difficult process and I would not recommend it if you have little patience for lots of time and poorer quality products, especially for what you pay...I recommend the product only because my kids can't get enough of it.
June 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JBC74 Great playground
My son really likes this playground. It took me one day (12 hours) to put it togheter by my self.
April 14, 2015