Lifetime has emerged as one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of backyard playground
equipment. For the last 10 years they have had much success in producing backyard
equipment including storage sheds, picnic tables, storage deck boxes, and more.
It was a bold step to enter an arena that seemed somewhat saturated. There are several
manufacturers producing backyard playground equipment, but nobody producing equipment
consisting of commercial grade quality with a residential price tag. Wooden playgrounds
can be a lot of fun. They do involve maintenance such as painting, staining, crack
and chip repair, and are prone to insect infestations including wasps and termites.
Many of these issues are solved by using Lifetime Playground Equipment. Lifetime
began producing commercial grade playground equipment under the subsidiary name
Big Stuff. Big Stuff slowly began changing back to the brand name of Lifetime. The
big stuff brand included some models that are now discontinued such as 435001 and
438001. These models were a great introduction to lifetime's playground category.
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Lifetime Playground Equipment
Today Lifetime manufactures a lot of playground equipment. There are deluxe play
sets that have monkey bars, two sets of slights, a climbing rope wall, and a clubhouse
such as model 90440 and 90274 (the difference being primary colors versus earth
tone colors). These are very popular models and the highest end that lifetime manufactures.
The newest Lifetime Playground Equipment deluxe play set does not feature a clubhouse,
that has a tower. Recent popular box office hits have made this one of the top sellers
when you consider the tower. This would be model
90042 and it has a very contemporary and unique design. The tower has a platform
or deck area where children can play. There is a safety bar that goes all the way
around. The bottom part of the tower is enclosed and feels like somewhat of a fort.
It includes the rock wall, two swings, a trapeze bar, and the next for large slide.
There are several A-frame play sets (not just a-frame swing sets - we'll get to
those in a minute) currently being manufactured. These are model numbers 90042 (same
as 90188) and
90137 again with the difference being earthtones versus primary colors. These
are a step down from the deluxe playsets in size, but there is no compromise in
quality and functionality. These playgrounds have the same size of extra-large slide,
clubhouses, climbing walls, swings, and trapeze bars. The design is somewhat different
as illustrated in the picture below.When
considering what type of swing to put in your backyard it's important to recognize
whether or not cement is required. The good news about all of these models is that
there is no cement required. Should you choose to put these in a more common or
public area there may be local county regulations that require you cement them into
the ground anyway. The footprint is so large that it is impossible to tip from swinging.
Smaller A-frame swing sets can commonly run into this problem.
Monkey Bar Adventure
As time went on Lifetime realized that many customers want a commercial grade playground,
but may not want something quite so beefy and distracting. Enter the monkey bar
adventure playground sets. The Lifetime Playground Equipment monkey bar sets have
the same basic functionality. They include, as mentioned in the title, monkey bars.
They do not have a clubhouse, but they still have a slide. There is nothing on the
structure that could catch enough wind to threaten the integrity of the structure.
It includes three swings as opposed to two and also has a trapeze bar. It's difficult
to see in the picture, but there is a fire men's pole in the back. These have become
very popular as the pricing point allows one to own a commercial quality structure
without breaking the bank. These also come in earth tones and primary colors under
the models 90143 and 90177.
A-Frame Swing Sets
Some people prefer to have the simple good old A-frame standalone swing sets. These
are models 290038 and 90200. Even these do not need to be anchored down. Heavy 3
inch diameter steel tubing keeps the structure solid and in place. It includes two
swings and trapeze bar. Many people like to swap out the trapeze bar for a toddler
bucket seat to accommodate infants and small children. One nice thing about all
of these models is the quick clip Carabiner products that attach these to the mainframe.
In other words, you can quickly change out a trapeze bar for swing or vice versa.
There are no special tools required. This comes in handy if you have a toddler bucket
that you use when children or grandchildren come over. Having assembled one of these
myself I was surprised that it only took us about 20 minutes. It is definitely a
simple process that does not need to be hired out.
Many of us have fond memories of playing on Teeter totters. You don't see those
very much anymore it parks. There's probably a reason for that. It probably has
something to do with safety. This Teeter totter passes all safety standards. Any
hard edges have been rounded or covered to eliminate scratching. Unlike wooden Teeter
totters children will not get splinters or scrapes. It has a weight capacity of
600 pounds. Lifetime manufactures a Teeter totter that is a perfect addition to
any playground system. The can seat 1-7 children at one time. As the Teeter totter
rocks back and forth the driver of the plane fills the plane turn and tilt. The
propeller even spins as the child turns the wheel. Many people don't realize that
it has an adjustable height setting to accommodate older and smaller children. These
also come in primary and earth tone colors. A word on primary versus earth tone
covers. Many people prefer earth tone over primary colors. In fact, the majority
of Lifetime playsets are earth tone. There are, however, many people who like the
loud McDonalds like colors in your backyard. The bright yellow, red, and blue signal
playtime in shout fun. Often times, people will purchase the earth tones only because
it's required in the neighborhood covenants. Whichever model you prefer - rest assured
they are identical in every way besides color.Lifetime
used to manufacture a Teeter totter that was a helicopter and not any supplier.
The helicopter was not nearly as popular and is currently not being manufactured.
However, Lifetime is notorious at bringing back models due to popular demand. Stay
tuned if you are waiting for a helicopter Teeter totter. The swivel Teeter totters
the newest Teeter totter on the Lifetime market. The neat thing about this Teeter
totter is that you can seat for children. Everybody faces each other and it isn't
long before there is a lot of laughing and giggling going on. Not only does it go
up and down, but it swivels from side to side. It is a completely different experience
from the ace flyer and has a lower price tag. It is also quicker to assemble. Although
most people still prefer the ace flyer, many do not know of this new model and it
is gaining momentum. This would be model 90511. The last of Lifetime's playground
equipment includes home climbers. People often referred to these as monkey bars
depending on where you live in the United States. The dome climber is a dome shaped
structure that children can climb on. Many families get creative and will throw
tarps over the top to create a fort. Worried about the grass? Two adults can easily
move this to minimize traffic on the grass and to accommodate the good trusty lawnmower.
These are 5 feet high and 10 feet wide. They don't stand out like a sore thumb and
can be moved with some help from the grown-ups. Children love to climb on these
and begin to resemble monkeys and now sloth animals.Fire
up the barbecue grill and invite family and friends over for a nice summer dinner
and games in the comfort and safety of your own backyard. The Lifetime playground
equipment will entertain your kids while you enjoy time relaxing with friends and