Just to be clear, my kids absolutely love this swing and climbing set, here are a list of pro's;
1) It's robust - the frame is solid and the metal components are well made and appear of good quality 2) It's relatively easy to build - that's not to say it doesn't requires effort, it says it takes about four hours and that's about right with two of you. Be warned it gets a bit heavy to move around to get as close to the desires position as possible during construction. 3) It has a good bit of variety - the swings along with the rope climb and climbing wall with hand grips mean there are enough elements to keep the kids amused for a while. 4) The swings swing really well! - I know that sounds like an obvious thing but sometime rubbish swings go all wonky or ropes slacken etc... but these are really good.
So overall a great set and the kids are thrilled with it, they literally spent hours playing on it when we put it up. However, there were a couple of minor issues;
1) Cost! - shop around £350 (Amazon 16th Marh 2015) is a lot of cash for this. We ordered from a different online supplier for around £150 less than this. 2) Missing coach bolts - There were four missing in total which would have been a pain but thankfully I had some spare ones that were a similar size and allowed us to more or less complete the job. 3) Softwood too soft for T-nuts - There are some boulder style foot and hand grips that attach to the wooden planks on the opposite side to the rope climb which are a really good idea, however these work by inserting a T-nut into a pre-drilled hole on the plank which you tap into place with a mallet and then bolt on the grips with an M10 allen bolt. This is the standard method to attach these I found that when you tried to tighten the bolt enough to stop the grip spinning (essential) then the tension became too much for the weak grip of the softwood on the T-Nut and ripped it out even with light pressure on some of them. As a result I abandoned them, ordered some longer allen bolts, nyloc nuts and washers and secured them from both sides of the plank instead making the whole thing much more secure.
Couple of other hints and tips for assembly;
1) There is a definite top and bottom to the rope climb, but the long end at the top or you'll have to unthread it all (like we did!) 2) A ratchet socket set and some spanners are essential 3) If you struggle to get the metal swing holders to join together enough to get the retaining bolt through use a G-clamp to pull the ends together
So in summary, great product, great fun and looks pretty attractive in the garden too - just let down by a couple of issues at the construction stage.
This is a fantastic swing and climb set! Really sturdy, well made and lots to keep the kids entertained! My 4yr old loves it and we love it too as it just blends in so well with the garden (natural timber and green - no garish colours and very little plastic (apart from the swing seats). The instructions (supplied with the set) are really easy to follow and in total I think it took two adults around 3 and a half hours to build. I actually bought a separate trapeze style swing with rings for a bit of variety as the swings hook on and off securely via sturdy carabiner clips so we can have one normal swing and something a bit different. We paid about £269.95 for our set, worth shopping around.