May 2, 2017
...on what you need. I have had a clothesline all my life, and a pulley system for the last 14 years. Every time we move my husband goes to Lowe's and buys the line and cheap pulleys and puts it up for me 1st thing. I am sure within the first 2 months, the thing has paid for itself in the energy savings. However, we just moved to a house that has no yard...just a driveway. Knowing the kids having some place to play was going to take precedent over me being able to hang clothes out, I stated researching. I came upon this one and, because of the price, immediately dismissed it. I knew I needed the elevator pole system to keep it up out of the way, so I kept on looking for pulleys with that feature. I did find others, but all with small pulleys that worried me because of the steep incline we were going to need. (My hands are frequently sore, so pulling wet clothes out so high was going to be hard.) I finally bit the bullet and decided this was the only line system that was going to get me both ease of use on my hands, and the height I needed. Here are the pros and cons, as i see it: Pros: 1. Easy to roll the line out and in. Much easier than any previous pulleys we've used! 2. Seems very sturdy and well made. 3. Can get it up out of the way if you purchase the elevator system. Cons: 1. Price is WAY too high for what you get. (Woodward Crossing Country Basics has a similar system that comes with everything you need except the line for less money. If I didn't need the elevator system, I would have gotten that one.) 2. The directions are junk. They send you a diagram without a lot of detail and not much in the way of directions. We had to guess and figure "it must go like this" the whole way through. I Youtubed it and couldn't find this particular system. If all you need is a standard pulley clothesline system, go to Lowe's and save your money. If you need to get your line up and out of the way, there are others out there that do that, it just might be harder on the hands. If you have to go easy on your hands AND you have to get it up and out of the way, this one is for you. It will take a while for it to pay for itself, though.
Lehman's says: Thank you for your input! This item is locally made by Amish craftsmen which differs from products you would purchase from other retailers. Because it is USA made the price is going to be higher than products made in China. We will review the product directions and see if there are improvements we can make to provide clearer directions for product assembly. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know.