We have been looking for a decent wood swing set for couple of years. As you probably already know these playsets are very expensive; especially those Rainbow Play Systems and Cedar-Works swing sets.
If you already have Rainbow or Cedar-Works swing sets than I congrats you – you can afford it, but most of us can’t.
Rainbow and Cedar-Works swing systems have been in business for over 20 years, and Cedar-Works have won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice Award, Oppenheim toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, and etc.
However, most of us working people (or families with one income) have to sacrifice known brand names to realistic substitutes.
So, we went to Sam’s Club and picked out Woodridge Wooden Swing Set with Slide for $1,100.00 (without tax) – our local Sam’s Club had an awesome sale – YEAH for US!!!
Of course, before we bought the item I did an extensive research on this product: i.e. reading reviews, price comparisons, construction information, dimensions, other available substitute, and etc.
After thinking through what I have learned I was still hesitant about buying this swing set – it’s still $1,100.00!!!! I just can’t believe outdoor play equipments are SO expensive!
But, in the end we went with Sam’s Club swing set over Toys R Us swing sets and Lowe’s swing sets.
If you read reviews on Sam’s swing set you might come across many comments about difficulty putting the item together.
My husband and I are not handy people what-so-ever, so before I bought the set I talked with a gentleman who put the swing set for the store – he was an employee of the stores.
His rate was reasonable, $400, and it was worth every penny!!! Also, you can hire commercial contractors to put the swing set together as well — they might just cost little more, but you will have the companies work warranties for their jobs though.
If you break your time down to put the swing set for yourself it would have cost you more money (than $400), and have gotten TONS of headaches.
Also, to ensure stability to the structure itself I asked the “handy man” to put extra support (including the support system that came with the swing set) by putting 4×4 post timber followed by putting it concrete under the balcony area.
If you decide to buy this system I think it would be very wise to put extra support for your kids, and their friend’s kids (and you) – I want to ensure safety for myself.
We have enjoyed the swing set for over 8 months, and I think it was a great buy!