After a few weeks of debating this season on whether to go with the standard wood playset, or to lay down a bit more money and go for this one, we decided on this one. We're glad we did, as this piece is solid and obviously high-quality. The low-maintenance aspect of the metal and plastic is great too, as whenever it gets dusty or dirty or some big bird poops on the slide, all it takes is a quick hose-down and it's clean. The assembly was fairly straightforward, but time-consuming. It's still not as bad as the instruction manual made it seem though - it stated it would take 3 people 13 hours to assemble, but it took me 14 hours alone total with a little help here and there from my wife. It also took another 2 hours to properly level the playset and the ground around it (you may or may not have to do this depending on your lawn), and another half hour or so to anchor it with the included kit. You should also factor in the time to make this a safe place to play; because it's so huge a kid could take quite a tumble if they slip off the monkey bars or fall from the deck. Follow the advice in the manual and set up a safety area around it. On our part we bought a wood/pvc mix playground border kit that was almost 6 inches high, set it up around the set, then filled it to the brim with playground wood chips. This beat digging a huge 6-inch deep gouge in our yard, that one day we'd need to fill when our daughter outgrows this and it needs to go.
Great swing set. Only negative thing I have to say is directions aren't very clear at times. Make sure to read ahead before completing each step. I was missing the set of screws for the monkey bars and called Backyard discovery. After waiting for 30 minutes, they 2 day shipped the screws to me for free. Very satisfied with this product.
This playset looks beautiful. It's got the 5 foot high play decks of the bigger sets and the monkey bars are really high! The swingset side is where it loses points. The main beam is thin and a bit flimsy. Creaks when 3 kids are swinging.. Seems unstable. Half wondering when board will break. Also, an adult cannot sit on this swingset. I've had to race out to tell adults the weight limit.. Which isn't ideal
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