The Plan-it Play difference
Patented Swingbeam Bracketing System,
7 gauge steel (extra-heavy duty)
Plan-It Play - patented swing beam bracketing system, simple 2 piece assembly, 7 gauge steel with zinc/galvanized lags screws and carriage bolts
Others complex 4 to 6 piece bracketing system, considerably thinner gauge steel and screws (lagless) without any carriage bolt reinforcement.
Three pair of zinc/galvanized bolt swing hangers and spring clips (rated at 300lbs.)
8mm spring clips
- Zinc plated to resist rust and corrosion
- Spring clasp keeps clip firmly closed
- Wider loop than standard spring clips, specifically designed for our swingset
hangers and ductiles
6" bolt-thru swing hangers
- Bolts, 6 inches
- Durable nylon bushings
- Hot-dipped galvanized to resist rust and corrosion
- Includes washers and lock nuts
Wide, flat ladder steps with ten powder-coated ladder brackets and hardware (bottom view)
Plan-It Play The ladder is the most accident prone area of the playset, yet also the most preventable. Our ladders feature wide, flat, sturdy ladder steps mounted with L brackets, 4x 4's and 2 x 6 lumber. All of our ground ladders are inclined 30 degrees or 2-to-1, never vertical and the steps are 12" inches apart.
Others - Dowels and 1 boards have very little foot-contact-area in most cases less than 1 inch. Some manufacturers separate the steps by more than 16 inches! Short legs require shorter steps. Couple this with vertical or improper inclines these ladders can quickly lead to accidents.
Solid 4x4 framing with all-bolt construction, no nails to work loose or ground anchors needed.
Plan-It Play - Our kits utilize all 4 x 4 framing, 4 x 4 and 2 x 6 re-enforcing. In fact only one 2 x 4 is used for re-enforcement of the deck boards. Due to this design additional bracing or ground anchors are never required. Galvanized screws are used instead of nails that can rust and/or work their way loose over time.
Others - While researching other playset kit manufacturers pay particular attention to how well the fort is supported. Are 2 x 4s used extensively as load baring supports? Are additional supports such as braces or ground anchors recommended? Are nails used in the construction?
Polymer injected swingbelts with molded inserts, "pinch-free" (commercial grade) plastisol coated chains
Plan-It Play Our belt swings are a one-piece injection molded design. They conform to the childs body for added safety. They have built in UV protection so they wont heat up or fade in direct sunlight. The chain is 3/16 proof coil hot dipped in plastisol and rated for 800 pounds. The plastisol not only adds an attractive matching color, but also makes for a "pinch- free" grip.
Others Swing belts that incorporate 'wire-form-framing' are significantly weaker, in some cases only rated at 75lbs. The chains are twin looped and only rated at 255lbs. Twin looped chain is actually wire curved into links and covered with a vinyl sleeve that can crack and peel over time.
Easy to follow manual
Manual step-by-step 3D illustrated instructions which repeat the steps twice, once in text and once as an illustration. This will reduces mistakes and building time.
Lumber purchase sheet describing exactly what size lumber is need in what quantities. Only standard lumber is required. Everything should be readily available at your local building, hardware or home supply warehouse.
Lumber cut sheet shows you exactly where to measure, mark and cut. To minimize waste scrap ends/pieces can be used for other components on the playset saving you time and money.
Tool list only commonly found tools are needed. To reduce the difficulty angle cuts are not incorporated into the kit designs (with exception the free standing swingbeam does require angle cuts). Also included are optional tools to help reduce building time and give your playset that professional high-quality look and feel.