Bought this for an existing playground and it worked out great! I had to shorten it a bit but so far the kids love it and it was fairly easy to install. All the components are in the box to simply add it to your playground you have.
Had planned to buy a wood structure, but came across this better value. Great price and very little - if any - maintenance involved! All the other reviews indicated the durability and the ease of assembly. It appears very durable. The assembly was very easy - the instructions were very clear/accurate. The rope ladder is definitely as difficult to set in place just as other reviewers have indicated. We were cruising along before and after that part of assembly. It took our neighbor laughing at our different positions attempting to leverage the vertical post into place with the rope ladder for him to bring a cheater bar and his added help to finally get everything in place. We had to request some touch up paint from Lifetime to cover up where we scratched down to the metal. It looks like it may be stainless, so it shouldn't rust. I still give it 5 stars - the rope ladder is a small part of the assembly and once the set is assembled - we'll never need to mess with it again.
I did pay my lawn guys helper and his dad to put it together. But was worth the money. A lot of wood and things. But when it came together... and the grandkids saw it.... GAME ON..... It did take about 12 hours and my son helping late on to get it done in time for labor day. But adults and kids alike love it. ( and yes all of us adults tried it out.) The slide is awesome heavy duty. ( kids like it a lot ) The tire swing held 5 kids. They love the walk up plank, the ropes are strong. they lined up for the slide. The ladder climb is awesome, but does take a little getting use to for the smaller ones. It did come with a ladder for option over plank walk up. ( we put it in storage). It came with anchors to put in ground. It is solid and sturdy it will go nowhere. The swings are awesome. I do recommend getting the wood roof. It is inter slot lock so it will not leak. The fort is awesome held all 6 kids at once. The picnic table is half size. But that is great. We did not put the sand in the box. ( you do not need it ). especially if you have animals or ants. ( It is good to go with out it.) It ships at 867 lbs. UPS will call you with a delivery time and date. ( they worked around our time). We live way off the main road, so if you live out there they can and will deliver. I did ask for or suggest that they deliver in smallest freight truck due to where we live. and they did. I do suggest if you live off the grid as we do that a man be home to help off load it by hand. The driver can't do it alone. One box came with 92 pieces of cedar. ( and yes it is all cedar). I have 4 grandkids that live on my compound ( as I call it ) and 2 of my rental's kids and all play at same time. This set has given kids a new reason to hurry up and get homework done. So they can go play. ( A big plus ). Before I bought this kids wanted to play on computer or watch tv all day now they are out side playing where kids should be. All holes were pre partially drilled. so easy to put up. I can not say enough good things about this set. It says to age 11.. ( LMAO) It goes to adults. We all tried it out and so will you. The price yes it is on the high side, but we looked and shopped and this one is worth every single penny spent. This play set will bring years and years of happy times for my grandkids. and probably their kids. Axel 6 was here and got to help put it up. When my son got home later that day and the forte was up and swings in place and all coming together.... All Haylee could say was WOW. coming down the drive way. If I could give this 10 stars I would. Now I am looking to expand my home park. ( And yes they call it the park ). I say buy...
We used this as a replacement "pirate ladder" for our 4 year old swing set. This didn't exactly fit, but the ropes were long enough and the hardware versatile enough that we were able to retrofit it to our existing set. I recommend this because of the sturdy build and flexibility to fit to other sets. It was a much better value here than all other places I checked!
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