Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 52
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by moodymo Does the set have to be on an even service
My yard slobes a bit and was wondering if I can install this on a not 100% flat surface?
May 13, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mssanata Good product - see my tip for easier assembly
Well designed product, fairly sturdy, clear instructions, includes drill bits etc. As other reviewers have said,
1) go with a 12 foot beam across the top, not 10 feet (too crowded)
2) get your own bucket of 3" deck screws as the included "torx" head screws don't hold well - thread is not fine enough.
3) To attach the top beam to the A frames: don't bother trying to drill the holes for the bolts from the top -- you'll never line them up with the [square] bolt holes in the brackets. Instead, assemble and line up the structure using just screws, and then--- rev up your electric drill to max and using the included bit, drill right THROUGH the metal bracket square hole and up and through the top beam! The metal of the bracket is so soft that the bit easily goes through. Then push through the bolt -- done.
June 16, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by winnipeggirl great swing set
The swing set is great. Some of the pre-cut wood is a bit warped, but not hugely. We also ended up using longer screws than those provided as theirs just didn't seem to grab the wood well. Other than that, our kids LOVE it. It is perfect for our smallish back yard, and with the slide platform, they can also pretend to have a bit of a treehouse. This is WAY better than any metal swing set I have seen.
May 19, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Trent Misleading
Be sure to read the fine print. The package looks nothing like the picture unless you buy the rest of it from the store. The 4x4's that make up all three of the A-frames are not included. You cannot physically make a swing set with this package alone, most of the wood needed is not included.
May 30, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tonarly A bit over priced for what you get, but a good kit if one does some tweaking!
I put this together and added a 12 foot 4x6 beam on top instead of the 10 foot 4x4 as stated in instructions. Also I flipped the top beam mounting brackets around and ran bolts all the way through for better durability and strength/safety. I also used brass deck screws on some areas to add strength for places where kids may stand or jump so as to eliminate a break in a joint and a fall. A bit of common sense is advised when putting together to make it how YOU would see it being safe and fun.
April 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ToysRGood Quite the project and totally worth it.
This took two people (my dad and I, and he's got mad carpentry skills) about 10-12 hours to complete, so be aware. We found the included screws worked well. Our set included the climbing rocks and when we installed them, one of the "weld nuts" sheared off. Happily we had an appropriately-sized substitute available. This was a lot of work, but none of it too terribly heavy or hard. I would FOR SURE use a corded drill - no way a battery-powered one would have survived this task.
My 8-year-old son and his 9-year-old friend swing side by side with no trouble on the 10' long beam. My son loves it and it will last him much longer than any of the similarly-priced metal sets I found.
May 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mik0002 Basic yet attractive playset
This is a pretty nice basic swing set. I took the extra time to stain and seal the wood, but agree with other reviewers in that 1-2 hour build time is completely unrealistic. Some of the 2x4s were slightly warped, but not bad enough to be problematic. With all the bracing, I found the included hardware adequate. I may add another support brace under the slide as suggested by another reviewer. Also the instructions aren't all that great, somewhat confusing and contradictory at times (i.e. the directions for slide installation are completely different than the directions that come WITH the slide.) I would not recommend pre-drilling the main beam holes: use the tower section to hold the beam and attach the lone A-frame to it first, then re-position and attach the tower. (You can use the provided 3/8" bit and drill straight through the holes in the brace.)
May 29, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DunDun Great swingset for a small area at a great price
Overall we are very pleased with this swing set. My 3 year old cannot get enough of it. Let me start by saying that the "1 hour installation time" couldn't be further from the truth. Realistically you are looking at 6-8 hours to set up, and I had 3 other friends helping. Some of the included lumber was warped and 2 of the 2X4's ended up being too small to fit across the walkway under the slide, but I ended up cutting larger one's myself. One thing to note and that isn't shown is the kit comes with 5 rock climbing colored foot plant pieces, which look pretty cool and allow the kids to climb on their way up the set.......reather than just using the steps. Also, buy yourself 3.5" DECK SCREWS and go with the 4X4X12 in lieu of the 4X4X10......that will allow you to add a 3rd swing or a bar/rings. I would recommend this set to friends and family, very high quality and durable. But again, get ready for a full day of assembling.
December 27, 2011