It took an hour to assemble and by 2 hours I was already done with the yard, having picked up about 8 loads of clippings and cut up leaves. This is the first one of these I've ever seen / used / owned and I'm happy with it. Three tips: 1. During assembly, use a ratchet AND wrench as two wrenches (suggested in their book) would make your assembly take significantly longer. 2. When you have to hammer the end cap on the bag rod, use a 7/16" socket to hold the cap in place while the other end of the bar is on the floor. 3. The key to this is working well is setting the height adjustment correct, which is not all that well described in the manual. Set too low and the wheels will drag, while too high won't pick up anything (like a home vacuum in a house with hardwood floors and various height carpet, you have to adjust). The height is set by moving the short handle while the wingnut in the center of the wheel is loose. Set the height where the brushes are just into the driveway and adjust form there based on your grass. 4. Don't start too far away from where you will dump out the clippings. I made the mistake of starting in the front yard, filling the hopper and then driving to the backyard. It was very full and very heavy by the time I got back there. If I have any complaints (product suggestions), it would be that the leading edge of the sweeper should have a radius or tube welded to it instead of a sharp edge pointing down or slightly forward. When you drop a wheel off the driveway...SCRAAAAPE!!! as that edge grinds across the concrete. Second suggestion, come up with a better height adjustment and locking procedure. As soon as you loosen that wingnut a bit, BAM, it drops. Sure would be better with something else. I have to set and adjust each time I raise it so I can move it around easily.
OK first of all as several others have said, assembly is a *huge* pain. The instructions are vague and even have a few errors. No single step was particularly challenging but the whole process took about 2 hours. In my opinion for a relatively simple product the assembly was excessive. I've been using this sweeper to pick up grass clippings, leaves, and acorns. In general it does work OK but there are several serious flaws with the design. (This is the only lawn sweeper I've ever owned so I don't know if other models are better.) Among my objections: - The sweeper height adjustment is awkward and has a tendency to come undone, letting the brushes fall to the lowest setting. If the brushes go too low they prevent the wheels from turning, which causes them to skid along the ground and tear up the grass. If the brushes are too high the sweeper doesn't pick up anything. - Emptying the catch bin is difficult. When full, the bin is *very* heavy and the placement of the hinge causes quite a bit of leverage resisting emptying. Even an empty bin requires a lot of force to tip up. I am a guy in my early 30s so it's not a strength thing... anyone older or weaker is going to have a seriously tough time emptying it. It doesn't help that the rope provided with the sweeper is a very slippery nylon. Also when you empty the bin all the leaves tip forward onto the unit... why couldn't they make it so that it tips backwards, away from the sweeper? about 1/4 of the leaves end up falling on top of the sweeper and you have to drive forward to get out from under it. - It's basically impossible to drive in reverse with this thing attached. The tongue is too short and the rear tractor wheels come into contact with the tongue if you are not backing up perfectly straight. - For the 2 above reasons, it's almost impossible to create a pile of leaves from multiple batches. Once you have dumped a load there isn't any way to dump another load near it. I've had to just dump all the loads scattered around the edge of my yard and then use a leaf blower to combine them. - There is no way to disengage the sweeper (e.g. for driving over a gravel driveway), and also no way to walk the unit around detached. It's not like a cart where you can just pick up the tongue and wheel it around yourself. So overall I'm pretty disappointed. I will keep it because I don't *hate* it and I'm not sure there is a better solution, but buyer beware.
All went well except there were missing parts. but customer service was pleasant to deal with and resolved the issue right way.
Poor quality it's been 4 months and I have had nothing but problems with this thing first a brush broke in half now 30 days later the shaft broke in half that holds the brushes.. too bad I didn't buy the extended warranty but I definitely thought it would last more than 4 months this thing *****.
The instructions could be more customer friendly, the items that were suppose to be stamped on the housing sides were not there and the stamped letters on the post were not very visible made it difficult to put together, had to do over because of this.