Have it made in the shade with this colorful cantilever umbrella, built on a durable aluminum pole and steel-ribbed canopy. Fast crank system makes it easy to set up, and lush colors like yellow, cranberry, forest green make it a patio or deck accent....more
The umbrella arrived within a few days of ordering. The hardware was loose in the box and I came up one bolt and washer short of a complete kit. But I'm one of those guys who keeps spare hardware just for circumstances like this, and I happened to have the hardware in my garage. If I hadn't, a quick trip to the hardware store would have solved the problem. Annoying? Yes. Insurmountable? Definitely not. I put the umbrella together in less than 30 minutes and everything functions fine (for now). I anchored the base with about 150 pounds of sand bags. Seeing how much weaker this umbrella is than the one it replaced, I will always have it folded away when not in use.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Exact
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fair
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Good
This product was a big disappointment. The design is gorgeous: engineering all makes sense,
and once it is up, fully extended and open, it looks beautiful. HOWEVER, the base is too flimsy
to withstand wind, even when weighted down with sandbags per intstruction. The aluminum base bars
simply bend, even though weighted, and the thing falls over. In addition, the one element that supports
the umbrella (which is big and heavy) when fully extended is a flimsy piece of plastic that broke after
a few days of use. Which makes the entire unit now unusable. It would be too expensive and backbreaking to box it back up for return, so I have to drag it to the curb for trash pick up, and just eat the $*** price tag on the product. What's worse than that, though, is that the base, in bending, left scratches and gouges in muy beautiful deck. Permanent damage. Even if you were to bolt the base to your deck, the lightweight aluminum base would still bend with pressure, and probably tear a deck board out. A real shame, since it is beautiful. It needs to be built with heavy gage metal to support the weight of the ten ft umbrella. A total loss.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? true to color
Please tell us about the quality of the product. poor
How accurate was the on site description of the product? slightly misleading
I had one of these umbrellas and knew what to expect. The base needs to be either bolted down to a concrete slab, or do what I did: use an existing fence post to secure it from falling during light winds (I used four stainless steel hose clamps, with a few wooden spreaders to allow the sliding mast to work correctly.)
This umbrella also needs one or two bungee cords when the wind starts picking up. Other than the above, it gives a good amount of shade for a few chairs under the sun....
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? OK
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Seems to be OK, but I can see the base is the weak point.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate
biggest issue besides color was a $**return price that I had to pay--the color on the webpage was what I wanted, however the color was completely off and I have to pay to return. Not good, in my opinion. Probably will not deal with them again.
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? not even close
Please tell us about the quality of the product. sent it back
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate except color
The size is just right to keep the sun off our dock. The fabric is heavy, so you have to be sting and adept to uncrank and crank it. Once it is open, it's just a happy sight!
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Color was just what I wanted
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Mechanism to crank works well. Fabric is sturdy. Assembles easily.
How accurate was the on site description of the product? Description was good. You should know that the base requires 4 patio blocks, which might work in a lite breeze, but we slid out umbrella down over a pier pipe.
Many reviews indicate that it's "flimsy" or "falls over easily" ... I knew that going into it so I also purchased a massive base from overstock (http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Shademobile-Rolling-Umbrella-Base/6771398/product.html). That base, filled with heavy sand, totals around 140# and for the most part keeps things in place. When we have more than a gentle breeze, the umbrella will move a bit ... so I don't leave it extended when not using.
We bought the bright green color which looked fabulous when we purchased it. Our roof deck gets full-on sun in the spring-fall, so it has faded a bit in the 1st year - but that was not a surprise. There are "better" and heavier cantilever umbrellas out there - but at $XXX and up. This umbrella plus base (with coupon) came in at well under XX% of that, and I expect it will last a few years, so overall I'm happy with the value.
I'm surprised all the people who bought this and complained it falls over. They did not read the description on the sales page here, that it MUST be weighted down at the base with (4) 12' square concrete patio paver stones, otherwise it will fall over. Duhhh...
I first bought one of these 6 year ago from my local patio store, who came out and delivered and set it up with the required patio paver blocks for the base weights at a cost around $***. I bought it then because of its affordable - nicer patio umbrella this size cost around $****.
It works and looks great for the first few years However for this price, long term reliability is an issue. And I live in Socal where the weather is moderate Here's what happened to mine:
• New - The pull cord cup that opens the umbrella arms doesn't really mate up well with its cord socket when the umbrella is open. No big deal. Not really noticeable to anyone but the owner.
• 2 years - the wind spun the umbrella arm around and broke the center locating bolt in the support post that allows rotating the umbrella from side-to-side. I am a mechanic, so if was able to drill a larger diameter hole in the support post and install stronger bolt, no real problem. Do remember to close the umbrella in windy conditions over 10mph or it can break the arm or flip over.
• 4 years - the internal cord that opens and retracts the umbrella, rotted and broke (it must be cotton?). I took the Crank Assembly and Umbrella stand/arm apart to install a new heavy duty 3/16' nylon cord/rope. Not having done it before, it did take a few hours to figure it out and simple hand tools.
6 years - The hand crank ratchet mechanism wore out and the umbrella would no longer stay open. It was not repairable. The umbrella cloth is rotting and tearing.
Time to replace it - so you can expect an outdoor life for it of about 4-6 years.
So why am I buying another one with all these reliability problems and short working life? Because I know its flaws and how to repair it, and the low price on Overstock.com at just $***.** with free shipping and no sales tax is so dam cheap. I can't afford not to. The cost of replacing it over the long run, is still probably much less than buying a more expensive model. And the design only takes up a small foot print on my patio next to the 6' round patio table and chairs that it covers quite well.
First of all the box arrived so beat up it look like it had been toss off a moving train, The box had been taped and re-taped many many times. That made me concerned right away. The people who bought it before must have found the same thing I did. Once I got pass the mangled box, I opened it and could tell right away it was not going to be good. The canopy part of the umbrella was dangling from a string, but I continued on hoping that it would be alright. Well all was not well. I assemble the cross bar stand with the upright pole as the instructions stated. After that the instructions seem as if it was for an entirely different product. It referred to buttons and snap on that were not on this product. So, I continued with the assembly with just my instincts. Once I had it up, my fears can true. There was so much stress on the cranking mechanism I was afraid it was going to snap. So, I decided that this is a piece of crap and I need to take it down and send it back. Closing the umbrella was nearly impossible, because of stress on the pole I had to use a rubber mallet to remove the cap that hold the umbrella. Now I am sending this back and think I should expect to pay more if I want to get a good quality offset umbrella. My final advise is to disregard the favorable reviews. I'm not sure what umbrella they received, but it could not have been the one I got:(
How did the color on site compare with the actual product? yes
Please tell us about the quality of the product. Quality is bad
How accurate was the on site description of the product? accurate
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