Dynamics of Swinging

Some important information about the dynamics of swinging and keeping a portable swing frame stable

As our therapy swing frames are now being used more for a post adolescent population, we want to address the needs of these older swingers who are also stronger, heavier, and (hopefully) more independent.

Keeping a swing frame stable and safe is affected by 3 main dynamics of swinging

  1. Combined weight of swinger and swing
  2. Radius of the arc (length of rope)
  3. Force of the swinging (how high up they are swinging

Also, please note; the more slick the floor the more likely the legs will wander.

Your overview; what kind of swinging are you looking for and how big are the people, for now and in the future, who will be using the equipment? The vigorous swinging of an older heavy person will need a sturdier frame. Another heavy person may need only slight motion and can do well with either a Homestand II or HPSI frame

For instance, here is a picture of several kids, about 650 Lbs total on the Homestand II. The frame is taking the weight, but the swinging is very light. This is very static swinging, back and forth well within the spread of the legs. Also, note the Plywood Platform swing is about 2 feet off the ground for a shorter radius and the legs are less likely to move around in the front lawn. On the same setup a 50 or 60 lb. child on a light weight swing (like the 20 Lb Plywood Platform pictured here) can pretty much have any safe swinging movement they desire, even on a hardwood floor, just don’t bang into the legs. A 150 lb person can swing just to the spread of the legs, go outside and the frame will want to shift. Here we are most concerned with swinging front to back. Circular swinging (not spinning) like on a tire swing is not recommended, the frame will shift and feel unstable. However both the frames are made for spinning off the center swivel.

So, we have decided to be more prudent and lower the weight capabilities of the Homestand II, to now 250 Lbs and the HPSI model is now 275 Lbs. and to develop the VLF model portable swing frame to address the needs of this growing population. The VLF (Very Large Frame) is twice as wide, a little taller, heavier, still portable, and built to take a variety of swinging motions.

With this important explanation of stability we hope you can make a better informed choice and enjoy a safer swinging experience with equipment that will work for you now and in the future .

Now that you’re an expert in choosing a swing frame, you must visit our store and explore our selections. Of course, you can also contact us by email or phone if you have any questions on how to proceed.

  • Kim who has had a HOMESTAND for ten years says: Tom, Actually, my husband and I have commented several times over the years that it is one the best purchases for our money that we’ve made (the others being laser eye corrective surgery and the built-in cabinetry in our walk-in closet, hehe) and that is still the case. We have 2 younger boys with Autism (now ages 15 and 11) who still use it regularly. Our oldest son has Aspergers Syndrome and prefers the trampoline. I’ve often wished there was an olympic event of who can spin the longest without getting dizzy, my middle son would win the gold. I also have to mention that it is a hit with all the other kids who come to visit and play at our house (its definitely the favorite “toy” – and they remember the swing and ask about it when they come over again. I’m so glad you have found this niche in the market, I hope it is doing well for you, as it had brought our family so much enjoyment over the years. I only wish there where more well-made and sturdy products for older kids and adults who need that kinds of rocking and motion! I thought I’d share a little about our family so you can understand how deeply we appreciation your wonderful products and equally excellent customer service! Its so nice to be remembered, even when I randomly order something from website! So, just wanted to say thanks and send our best wishes to you and your family!

  • Ron of ASL Therapy in Florida says: Dear Take a Swing, we’ve been using your VLF for almost a year, it is working out perfectly for us and doing just what we needed. The we’ve tried various swing frames but your VLF is both cost and user effective for our swinging population. What a great product. Thanks again, Ron

  • From Jadey in Colorado who needed some customer service I so greatly appreciate the dedication you have shown to ensuring this gets set right. It goes a long way in restoring your reputation with us, and we will not hesitate to recommend Take A Swing to others that might find it helpful. Mostly I appreciate you taking the time and effort to make this right. That goes a long way with us. We are very grateful, Jadey

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