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The stand was sturdy and easy to assemble. It was NOT universal. The base was too short for the standard hammock I had purchased. Don't know yet if I'll go through the company for another length of pipe for base or just adapt it myself. If the hammock was set up at its shortest length, it was on the ground.
THE GOOD The stand shipped promptly. The overall space saving design is great, which is why I gave it 2 stars instead of just one.
THE BAD The design of the stand should make it easy to assemble. It is only 5 pieces if you don't count the fasteners. But I ran into problems trying to get the inner and outer pole junctions to fully seat. Turns out there are crazy big burrs on the inside of the slotted holes due to poor machining. Thankfully, I was pretty mechanically inclined and keep a decent tool set in the garage. So twenty minutes of cussing, using spray lube, a dead blow hammer, and a long small square metal file and I got the thing fully assembled, but not before bending the metal at the top fork of one of the supports from having to use the dead blow hammer. I go out to use it the next day, and within a half hour one of the feet bent up where it meets the hammock support bar. The whole support is toast. The hammock and stand are supposed to be rated to 450lbs, but obviously the stand is not. Thankfully the Prime return policy is easy.
TL; DR Great space saving idea with extremely poor execution. Stronger materials and manufacturing quality would make this one a winner. The space saving design is worth another try, so I'm hoping the next one isn't a lemon like this one.
I bought this item less than 2 months ago and it has broken. One of the arms had a lot of give when assembled. It now has bent so that arm is now at a right angle. The item was rated for 450 pounds. I am a big person at 340. Don't tell me that the item is good for that amount of weight if it isn't.
I was happy with the sturdiness of this product and the ease at which I put it together. I had two issues though, one was my fault, this is my first hammock purchase and the hammock I ordered has the wood piece on each end. Unfortunately this type of hammock is not to be used in this stand. However, I've made it work and am happy with it. The bad thing is I've only had this for a month or so and my hammock stand has rust already on the bends and on the seems where one piece slides into the other piece. For the price and previous information I read about this stand I am quite dissatisfied that I already have rust in such a short time. I spent more thinking I was getting a heavy duty stand that would last a long time. Obviously with it already having rust, this is not going to happen.
This does not work for a cross bar hammock. I can not get it tight enough. BEWARE- return shipping looks like it is going to cost my ~$28! While the product looks sturdy and easy to put together I am not pleased to have to return at such a cost!