2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #21[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Add A Zipline To Your Backyard
“The majority of our customers buy it for their kids with the intent of using it themselves,” says Ryan Olszewski, owner of the Portland, Ore., business. The Ultimate Torpedo Zip Kit is perfect for adults. For $440, it includes 200 ft. of cable, a brake setup, and a handle and seat with a 350-lb. limit.
Made of stainless steel and galvanized materials that are rubber or powder coated, the parts are weather-resistant and made to last by a U.S. machining business that tests the parts for safety.
“The safety aspect is a good reason for buying from us. Not all parts are safe on a zipline,” Olszewski says. “Some homemade ones use a rope and pulley, which shakes and can come apart. Rope has give and stretches so you can hit the ground.”
Backyard Zipline kits come with or without cable, giving buyers the option of buying the cable (from 3/16-in. to 3/8-in.) locally.
While most kits are used in backyards, many go to camps and church groups. The company has custom-cut cable from 10 to 1,800 ft., including a few commercial ziplines.
Olszewski started his business with Backyard Playplaces and developed the zipline kits when he found there wasn’t much available. The kits are available through the business’s website.
Dealer inquiries are welcome.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Backyard Ziplines, P.O. Box 68258, Portland, Ore. 97268 (ph 888 771-2579; www.backyardziplines.com).
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