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Old 05-14-2011, 02:25 PM
Location: Smyrna
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Default Wooden Swing sets...Smyrna/Murfreesboro area

We are wanting to get a wooden swing set for our daughter. We looked at Lowe's but hubby says it looks cheap...though the price says otherwise.

So any suggestions on where we might could find a good quality wooden swing set without breaking the bank. Our main things we want are swings and a slide.

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Old 05-14-2011, 02:51 PM
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With swing sets you get what you pay for.

We ordered ours (backyard adventures) online. It was $2k less than ordering it through rainbow.

We are still married :-) after spending an entire weekend putting it together (literally we hired our nanny to watch our kids for part of the day so we could work on it without distraction).

The best piece of advice we got was get the biggest play set you can get for your yard/budget. Our kids ages 3-14 play on it regularly. (14 year old likes to hang on the platform with friends and swing).
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:27 PM
Location: Smyrna
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Thanks! Hubby just doesn't want to have to deal with putting it together, thus the reason we looked at Lowe's. My uncle in West TN bought one but it was from a company in KY; he is to look up the name for me. Our daughter is 3 so we want something that will be good in 5 years too, with the normal maintenance to keep it up. I just don't think the $200 metal sets at Wal-Mart will last long. The set we liked at Lowe's will be $1,000 installation and delivery included. Is that a bad price? It is the basic model with 2 swings, slide and one of those see saw like swings...and of course the "tower".
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:59 PM
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$1k probably isn't bad. You might also check craigslist/freecycle. Sometimes you can get a $5k set for $500 or even free if the owner just wants it out of the yard.

Sam's also has a set you might price out too.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:38 PM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Delivery and installation are totally worth it. We've done both: had one delivered and put one up ourselves. We did what Sept did and farmed the kids out for a day, then it took us two days because we wouldn't have the right tool or something wouldn't level correctly.

If you're husband isn't into it, I would have the pros install a wooden playset.

We got a playset from the place that used to be USA Baby in Franklin. I think they call it Happy Backyards now, but they sold Rainbow and then another brand called Woodplay that was slightly less expensive. Woodplay is the one we installed. (Backing up a bit ... We actually had them install a Rainbow playset two houses ago, then a few years later paid $400 for them to unassemble it and move it to our last house. We've since had more kids, moved and left the Rainbow set at the old house and don't throw money around like that anymore. )

What I'm saying is there are good quality, less expensive wooden sets out there (like Woodplay). If you find a good deal on installation, go for it and consider it a gift for your child AND yourself!
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