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|Finish: Red||Swing Seat Material: Plastic; Other|
|Hardware Material: Stainless steel||Non-Toxic: Yes|
|Weather Resistant: Yes||UV Resistant: Yes|
|Rust Resistant: Yes||Mildew Resistant: Yes|
|Fade Resistant: Yes||Fray Resistant Rope: Yes|
|Number of Swings Included: 3||Swing Type: Belt swing|
|Swing Positions: 3||Swing Suspension Type: Chain|
|Ladder Included: Yes||Slide Included: Yes|
|Climber Included: Yes||Glider Included: Yes|
|Rooftop Included: Yes||Monkey Bars Included: No|
|Playhouse Included: No||Play Deck Included: Yes|
|Sand Box Included: Yes||Picnic Table Included: Yes|
|Trapeze Item Included: No||Lumber Included: Yes|
|Pre-Drilled: Yes||Installation Type: Free-standing|
|Required Surface Area: 961.48 Square Feet||Age Group: 5 to 6 Years; 7 to 8 Years; 9 to 10 Years; 11 to 12 Years|
|Weight Capacity: 1470 Pounds||Recycled Content: Yes|
|Eco-Friendly: Yes||Country of Manufacture: China|
|Assembly Required: Yes||Installation Required: Yes|
|Additional Parts Required: No|
|Product Warranty: 10 year limited warranty for wood and 1 year warranty for accessories|
|ASTM Compliant: Yes||FSC Certified: Yes|
Still going strong
matt from Methuen, MA– Verified Buyer
Great set, my kids and the neighborhood kids love it! The two slides are key, keeps the bickering to a minimum. There is no better set for this price. Had some issue with some parts though, and ended up just attaching the wooden ladder, not the chain one. Getting replacement parts was a huge hassle, so if you run into issues, expect some time for the parts to get there. The wood is not the quality of "creative playthings", but it is 1/3 the price for what you get. I only wish the swing bar was higher than 7'. Be thorough when prepping and assembling. Be SUPER organized. YOU GET MORE WITH THIS SET THAN ANYTHING ELSE ON THE MARKET. Sandbox, picnic table, three swings, rock wall, ladders, and TWO SLIDES! I even attached flags to the vertical poles for some added fun. Buy different anchors though, the ones it comes with are GARBAGE! Ensure it is truly level. I cannot stress how much all kids love this set, my neighbors have their own set(from creative playthings), and their kids play on mine! Did I mention the two slides!!!
Great swingset for a great price!
Kate from Charlton, MA– Verified Buyer
Weeks of research, dozens of websites, hundreds of reviews and we ended up with the Sequoia Swing Set and couldn't be happier. Our needs/requirements for a swingset:1. 3 kids (soon to be 4) ages 6, 4 and 22. We wanted something all kids could use but wouldn't be too small/babyish for our oldest and her friends.3. Budget was between $750-$1000Why we chose this set:1. Price. Yes, it was more than our original budget [..]2. Features. Three swings were a must. The two slides was a great idea, the kids love to race up the ladders/rock wall and try to beat each other down the slides. The three different ways to climb up are awesome too. The picnic table underneath one of the clubhouses was a pleasant surprise. Never really a feature we considered but love it in the end. It's so nice to bring snacks/lunch down and enjoy them in the shade of the clubhouse overhead. We've yet to fill up the sandbox but my son (2) keeps saying that's his favorite part. I'm quite sure it will be once we fill it. The monkey bars were an added bonus too because my oldest has been trying to conquer those as of late and despite her maddening frustration at not being able to get across, she still loves them and runs to them first. Cons:1. Of course it's going to take a long time to set up. It's a huge swing set! All the usual advice applies: separate your hardware ahead of time and label it, set aside a weekend and call a friend or two in to help. It took my husband about 16 hours total to put it together. He had help for the first 6 hours of the first day and about 2 hours of help for the second day. The rest of it he did all by himself. The biggest reason to have a second set of hands (other than to get it done quicker) is because of sheer logistics. The first thing you assemble is the clubhouses and then the pieces underneath them. It's quite tall, you need someone to hold pieces in place at different times.2. The swings seem a little close together to me. I keep trying to gauge them against other commercial and residential sets I see and they seem on par with other sets. But I've got a 4 year old who always manages to swing crooked so I've just taken extra notice of it.3. The monkey bars are metal anchored in what looks like a wooden ladder before it is mounted underneath the bridge between the clubhouses. The rungs still turn even after the set is complete. Needless to say, it doesn't make it any easier to learn how to maneuver monkey bars.4. The picnic table is big enough to fit an adult or two just beware when trying to get to it. It's a little bit of a trick to get to it under the ladder side, so I would suggest going under the slide.Other Things To Consider:1. Some people have suggested labeling the wood pieces with chalk. If you have the time and a place to put the wood, go ahead and do it. The pieces are all stamped with a reference number on the end, but it's quite difficult to read so having another reference isn't a bad idea. However, we just put the wood out on the lawn, pairing up similar size pieces and went from there. When all is said and done, it probably added an extra half hour or a little more to the total construction time.2. If you sort the hardware ahead of time (DO IT!) wear gloves! Rubber gloves, leather gloves, anything that will protect your hands from scrapes and cuts. I found that out a little too late into the process. Oh and since they appear to separate pieces into separate bags, I would go through everything before bothering to count. I would count one piece and then stumble across a handful of loose pieces that matched later on. So there was a lot of crossing out numbers on my ziploc bags.3. It can't hurt to have some extra hardware on hand. I'm not sure what we needed more of, but there was something we had to run to the store for. So either have it on hand or have your helping buddy pick up some of the more basic hardware pieces on their way over.4. We placed a white plastic tarp on our lawn to put all the baggies of hardware on and it proved to be a good idea. In the rush of construction sometimes extra pieces were thrown back onto the tarp. If they were tossed or fell onto the grass, they were pretty much lost. Especially the first night when my husband worked on the set until 9pm. 5. It's very sturdy. We've not had a single problem with stability. All three kids have been swinging like crazy and not nudged the set a bit. And myself and my husband have both sat on the swings (at the same time) and not had a problem with our weight. We also had two grown men in the clubhouses during construction... so it will hold quite a bit of weight.All in all, great swingset, great price, great service. We are very happy, our kids love it and it's great having our own little playground in the backyard.
Lots of FUN! Worth the effort!
Sara from Embrun, ON– Verified Buyer
The assembly of this swing set can be daunting to think about it, but my husband and his father-in-law worked for about 15 hours in total to assemble everything. They reported much like the other reviews that some stamps on the wood are hard to read but 80 of them were legible. The instructions are also a challenge as it is only in pictures (no words) - you have to really pay attention to how the picture looks. Sometime you wonder why you are doing it the way you are doing it but when you get to a later phase you see exactly why you did that way! With some patience the swing set can be assembled with little frustration. We were only missing a bag of screws on one board that goes with the second tower canopy. If you lay everything out first, you are off to a good start. Select all the pieces you need at the beginning of every phase - and it goes much quicker.
Value and Service
Alexander Raring from Midlothian, VA– Verified Buyer
OVERVIEW: for the money, I thought this was the best play set after looking around both at local stores and online. The final product is sturdy, fun, safe and multi-functional. The bottom line is the kids love it. ASSEMBLY: I did this 100% by myself, which definitely slowed things down, but it can be done and by someone without much building experience. The instructions are basically pictures only you have so have a high level of attention to detail. I did make one or two errors along the way. One error is irreversible but was not fatal to the construction, but did require some creative thinking from me. I was using two cordless drills to avoid having to switch bits. A few of my other tools that aren't technically "required" came in handy. I stacked and sorted the wood but did not sort the hardware...I really thought despite what all the other reviews said that the hardware would come labeled. Wrong. It is many 100s of fasteners and washers that you must locate each step. Sometimes I would think I did not have the right hardware but the bolts would be packaged elsewhere. MANUFACTURING/PACKAGING: Like other reviews, there was a part missing. Unfortunately, it just happened to be one of the main uprights to the whole fort. I had help lined up for the first weekend it got there but had to cancel on my friends because of it. By the time the part showed up the next weekend (which was quick), I had decided to do the whole thing by myself. I will say, for my trouble, that I got a very, very nice discount off the purchase price. If you have any issues with missing parts, make sure you are compensated for your efforts. As others have said, some of the wood labels are illegible or completely missing and you'll need to rely on some measuring and common sense to make sure you have the right part. Wood is very soft; some of it was cracked pre-installation, but it also seems very sturdy once built and I will need to treat it probably after the second summer. FUN FACTOR: Once done, this thing is a mecca of activities in the backyard. Racing slides, climbing wall, chain ladder, regular ladder, picnic table, swings, glider, monkey bars, and we squeezed a sandbox with a cover into the sandbox area. I bought some cheap plastic toy phones at Walmart and put those in each tower and the kids "call" each other. Steering wheel and telescope are oddly popular hits as well. It gets us outside so much more. Fun factor earns the five stars despite any headaches.
Nelson Duenas from Goodlettsville, TN– Verified Buyer
It is the compressed cedder wood several people are complaining about but then again so is EVERY swing set they sell anywhere! Unless you buy the lumber yourself that's what you're going to get. Having said that all my boards came in usable shape. The hardware is a different story, missing quite a few bolts, nutts, and screws. Fortunately those things are very cheap at any hardware store so I didn't have to wait to get them from the manufacturer. Took about a week of working on it a bit every night after work. Do be warned though, the instructions are wrong in some places. They flip flop the placement of the towers several times. It can get a bit confusing but as long as you pay attention and do everything you should such as sorting matterials a d reading the directions in detail first you should be fine. It was pretty easy to put together, and definitely worth it. My 2 yr old and the other kids on my mommy group love it! I'm keeping the plans and when the wood starts to warp or we move I intend to rebuild it using lumber from home depot. It really is a great set.
FAMILY from MINNESOTA
After much research and evaluation, we purchased this playset. Here are my thoughts: Wood is pretty, but soft, some boards did have decent sized cracks in them. YES, sort wood, check to make sure they are just like the pictures, some are very close in size. I didn't sort the hardware till about halfway thru, but it does make it easier. Again some hardware is very similar, so double check it. BIG TIP - insert all T nuts first, much easier to pound these in good and deep when the boards are on the ground. Is relatively easy to put together. Had multiple drills going. I made the sandbox into another play deck. Sturdy, I felt safe up there working on it, but not heavy duty. Good things: Kids love having the to decks to run to. Lots of play value for the money. Good for young children, decks not too high, deep slides. Bad things:Swings alittle close together. Monkey bars run into picnic table. Chain ladder junky. Longevity??
Monica from Chillicothe, OH– Verified Buyer
This is an awesome swing set once it's built. The instructions are not totally clear. We were missing a couple of screws which were easy to find at our local hardware store. It took 3 days plus 4 evenings after work to get this thing built. We had 2 adults (and 2 eager kids) working. I'm very glad my husband is handy and is an engineer! My 7 and 9 year old kids love it and play on it every day. The double forts are what sold us on it. They each have their own space. The biggest disappointment was there are no monkey bars. We thought there were supposed to be some under the bridge, but there are not. A great addition to our backyard!
Perfect Swing Set!
Happy Mom from Spiritwood, ND– Verified Buyer
We purchased this for our 2 year old son. He's a bit young for it now but he has many cousins of varying ages that will be using the swing set as well as friends. It is definitely a swing set he will grow into. The two slides are great for when multiple children are playing. Plenty of things for the kids to climb on, swing on, sand area, etc.
Wow. Its a heck of a thing.
Rory from Titusville, FL
My 6 year old daughter loves it.. Thats the most important part.
Problems But Still Good Playset
Nadine from San Diego, CA– Verified Buyer
We had a lot of problems just like most of the other reviews before me. The wood pieces were not properly stamped or not at all making your search for a piece of board very hard and frustrating. The wood quality is great meaning there are no splinters. We did have a few pieces of wood that were bent though. One board was actually bent so badly, we had to have it replaced. The hardware was a pain in the butt because we had many screws missing and too much of other hardware we did not need. [...] It is a nice playset but it was a nightmare getting it put together because we had to wait three times for replacement parts. Overall, we are happy with the playset but it took a lot of time out of our schedule and much patience from our 4 year old son who asked every day when he could go on the playset and play. I read all previous reviews and saw that many other customers, who had very similar problems, but I liked this playset very much and did not want a different one. One thing that irritates me, is that the monkey bars turn when a child wants to hang on them which makes it very hard for them to monkey around. The slides are great and one even has a bigger bump than the other slide. The swing in my opinion are put a little too close together but it is still ok. Yes, I like the playset very much but the quality assurance as far as the hardware goes, sucks! The instructions were good except on one page were they made a mistake.