March 06 2012, 2:16 am
Review by Bill in TN for Rating: If you take time to study the picture, what you see is what you get. Its a palitsc wicker mesh over a steel tubular frame. It ships unassembled by truck, which for us meant go pick it up at the ABF terminal. That was no problem. Shipping was very fast. Our box looked like crap but everything was in there and nothing broken. They package this thing using the cushions to protect parts that would otherwise damage. This is a good size box but will fit in a pickup bed. Assembly was simple and about one hour with the wife adding a third hand. The chairs and love seat used two bolt sizes and the coffee table a third. Bolts were steel, but pretty light gauge. The kit comes with one of those very small cheap open end wrenches for assembly. Its OK to use a 10mm socket, however one needs to keep in mind those little open end wrenches aren’t just there for convenience or poor people who don’t have tools. They are there because that small size controls torque. Using classic metal technique, get them all started then go back and tighten, don’t over tighten (tighten to metal to metal flat not bend), the set went together with no hitches and is sturdy with so far no retightening. The use of lock washers on each bolt is good design. We found the cushions just a tad lighter in color than we expected, but for us that was better. The cushions are of a soft almost home furniture like material not the classic vinyl. This gives a very good comfort level, however we’re not anxious to see how this will hold up in rain so can’t comment there. The base seat is classic patio furniture strap. The love seat cushion is one solid piece which two would probably have been better due to its a double strap setup underneath (classic for patio furniture). I can’t ding it much for that though. It does look better, however just doesn’t add to the comfort level due to that bar in the center you have to have to double strap. We use this in a covered but outdoor application so have very high expectations of a good long life. It appears to be as sturdy as our other set which is on year 18. All in all, nice set that we were looking at twice the cost in local stores for similar product.
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