This was a gift for my 7 year old from her Nana. I wasn't sure if she'd be too old for this since I read that is was for smaller kids. We assembled it June 2012. The assembly took about 5hours without help. It has lasted the entire summer with my 7yr old and 9yr old son and their daily friends. [...] I don't worry any more because they have broken the thing in and it is ready for next summer too. [...] They really do enjoy the swing even during the sunny days of fall. If the set last another summer it will be worth the price for all the fun moments they have had on it.
I was so glad I was able to get this shipped to the house, way too big for any of our cars. Arrived on time, in great shape. Took both my sons to put together, but now we can't keep my 3 yr old Grandson off ... every evening he stays out there til dark.
Although when I first purchased this kit I thought that I would receive a full swing set wood and all, I am still happy that i purchased this kit. It ended up costing me a total of 600 dollars to build this swing set after purchasing all the wood and screws and slide that were required to complete this swing set. This is less than half what it would cost to purchase a swing set already built for you. The 2 of us worked on it for about 5 hours a day for 3 days and we are very happy with the results.
Cassandra K Jun 26,12
5 of 5 stars
Lots of work, but worth it! DIY helps you save money.
I ended up buying the Alpine 612 kit. Similar to this one, but w/o the extra deck section. When i ordered this kit, i pretty much knew what i was getting: all the pieces for assembling a play structure but w/o the wood. Knowing that i actually went to the manufacturer's website, www.swing-n-slide.com, and researched my options. The website not only gives you ton of options, but also gives you an estimated cost for complete set up once you add cost of kit, wood, and accessories.The kit was fantastic. All the pieces are quality, durable, and built to last.Instructions are super easy to follow. They make it as simple as possible every step of the way. Not only are the instructions clear, there is even a DVD that you can watch if you want. I didn't watch the DVD so I'm not sure if it's any more informative than the written instructions.Ok. So how easy was it to build this [...], and how long did it take me?I am not a experienced carpenter or craftsman. I'm probably the least experienced guy i know, but i think i'm smart enough to follow instructions.I knew there's no way i'd be able to build this in 6-8 hrs like it states on the box, especially if i'm doing this alone. I ended up building the structure little by little throughout the week after i got home from work. I then spent the weekend doing a majority of the work. Most things are doable if you are alone, though it would be easier if there was a second set of hands. The only point that I truly NEEDED a second person was when i needed to set up the swing support beam and connect it to the tower part. I grabbed my neighbor and used him for about 10 minutes.After tallying my hours i probably spent a total of 24 hours. Having said that, I was going at a comfortable casual pace, and I was alone. If you are more experienced in this stuff, i'm sure it'd go by much faster.I'm really pleased with everything overall. Good price for what else is out there.One final note. If you buy this set, you should by ground anchors at the same time because they aren't included in the box. I didn't know that until later, after the structure was pretty much done. Also I'd double your purchase of 2 1/2" screws recommended in the instruction book.I'm very happy with this set. Kids love it. You will too. Here's my breakdown of cost of the playset.Play set Kit - a big price from Overstock.comlumber - approx. a big price from Lowes10 ft' slide - a big price from Lowessteering wheel accessory - a small price from Lowesbaby swing - approx a cheaper price from Babies R Us.Ground Anchors - approx a cheaper price from HomeDepot.comTotal - Just over a big price (right where they said it would be)
When I ordered this kit, I thought it was the WHOLE KIT. I should have known by the price alone that it was just the hardware, no lumber. Then I did some comparison shopping. We discovered that we could have a great playset (including the lumber this time). A comparable playset at other stores sold for more. It did take my husband, a friend and myself 2 full days of cutting, drilling and installing to get this playset finished, but we did it. The kids LOVE it.
At seventy I wanted a play set for my great grandsons. I was pass the wood sets and having all types of Step Two products in the pass made me check them out. Wow this set was just perfect. Big, easy to put together and good looking. The look on my great grandson's face said it all! Thank you for the love of children your people that comes up with these ideas must have. Would highly recommend this play set.
Great grandmother still young at heart! Apr 6,2013
We bought it as a birthday gift for all our grandchildren, since it offers something for every age. It exceded our expectations and is so sturdy it even holds grown-ups. The only problem we encountered during the assembly was that the nuts and bolts were not clearly identified which took some figuring out what went where.
THIS PRODUCT WAS PURCHASED FOR OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO USE WHEN THEY COME TO VISIT. THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. WE GET A PHONE CALL EVERY NIGHT ASKING IF THEY CAN COME OVER THE NEXT DAY TO PLAY. IT SURE KEEPS THEM BUSY AND THEY ENJOY EACH OTHERS COMPANY. THANK YOU STEP 2, WE ARE VERY HAPPY THAT THE CHILDREN ARE HAPPY!!!
This swingset has the worst instructions.
After putting it together many times and figuring out which way is up on the different pieces, none are marked and no directions that say what way is up.
Directions read like bad English spoken by someone sitting in another country trying to write English. Nouns and verbs switched throughout the directions.
Obviously no one at flexible flyer ever followed the directions to put this swing set together.
Smaller than you expect too.
Watch the holes they are not all drilled out and you will need a screwdriver to pry them all the way open so you can put in bolts. The bolts, half were missing and none of the metal joints lined up. Very frustrating to put together and I work with tools all the time.
Plan an afternoon to put this together and have someone who can get you the tools that they don't list as needed on the directions. Missing tools included a large head Phillips screwdriver and flat head screw driver to pry open the holes where flexible flyer did a poor job drilling them out.
FAir in the quality and that is being generous.
Not impressed with this product at all.
I bought this for my two little kids. The younger boy is 5 and the girl is 9. Both very active outdoor kids. The girl is into gymastics so she loves to do all kinds of things on this. The fort is much larger than it looks as well. They have campouts in it during the day and sometimes can spend hours on it in just one day. [...] I am very please wit the build of this. My husand put it together in about 3 hours. No bad compared to the neighbors which took about a week.
The kids absolutely love this. We have a 4 year old and a 1 1/2 year old. We purchased a little tikes baby swing and replaced the middle swing with that for the time being. The little guy is too small to climb up the fort area, but we filled up the sandbox area with plastic basketballs and he loves to play with that. There's a lid that keeps this dry and clean. We also pick him up and put him on the fort area, and he loves the slide. Both kids swing next to each other. The set took awhile to put together but it is very durable. They say it's good for ages 3-10, but it works fine for younger if you replace one of the bigger swings. They love to swing together on the glider! I feel that this is a smart investment and you'll get your moneys worth. We didn't want to purchase a wooden set b/c of possiblity of splinters, rotting wood and low resale value. It is very attractive as well.
We were shopping around for a swingset for our 2 1/2 year old. We purchased this one because of it's maintenance-free construction. Comparable wood sets require sanding and staining, not to mention more extensive setup and cost. Our son just loves it!!
I was very surprised how big this kit is. You get alot for the price. It was fairly easy to put together as long as you take some time to read the plans which had good instructions, With the bracket system I could do most of the build with a cordless drill and a helper. All the wood came cut to length and well stained. It took me and my brother about 6-7 hrs to build. The kids love it. It has my thumbs up!