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What are playground seesaws?

The seesaw is an iconic and classic playground equipment characterised by a narrow board supported by a midpoint between both ends; as the weight shifts, one end goes up, and the other goes down. For centuries the seesaw has been one of the essential pieces of playground equipment: a plank balanced on a central support. Today, the seesaw has evolved to more than a plank, but the joy and excitement of rocking are the same. We offer different playground seesaw designs in different shapes and sizes, including traditional and Springer Seesaws. With our multi-user commercial seesaws, children can share the fun and rock all day long! Our seesaw range uses two, three, and even four ground-embedded springs to create a movement which is not just up and down but much like a teeter-totter, which can move horizontally and hold multiple seats. From school playgrounds to community park playgrounds, children love the up-and-down ride of a seesaw.

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    Benefits of Playground Seesaws

    Despite being relatively simplistic, seesaw playground equipment provides essential development skills. The thrill of rocking with a friend or in small groups advances social abilities while training muscles and overall motor skills.

    Seesaw, outdoor playground equipment, challenges children's balance and coordination, helping to develop these skills. The rocking up-and-down motion of seesaws provides sensory stimulation, helping to develop children's awareness.  Seesaws also promote social interaction and cooperation as children have to play together and take turns balancing the equipment, which also allows children to communicate and learn to work together. Our range broadens the potential for activities and friendships since many children and children of all abilities can join play activities across age groups and skill levels, making seesaws a versatile addition to any public playground.

    Safe and Exciting Play with Our Commercial Seesaws 

    Seesaws or teeter-totters, whatever you like to call them, are a playground classic - and we have been making them for years. It all started with the springer The Crazy Hen back in the 1970s. The Crazy Hen is not characterised as a seesaw, but KOMPAN’s design team instantly saw that the spring as support had immense potential, especially if you employed more than one. Today, our extensive range of seesaws comes in many shapes, sizes and themes. We offer traditional seesaws for two, with three seats and several large seesaws for more than eight users. The Wehopper takes seesaws to the next level as it spins the kids 360° while rocking. A perfect and challenging choice for older children. It goes without saying that our seesaw playground equipment complies with international safety standards.

    How to Choose the Right Playground Seesaw

    When choosing a seesaw for your commercial playground, there are a few things to consider. First, consider the intended user. Second, have the size of your play space in mind as well as capacity. A smaller outdoor play equipment seesaw may fit into a smaller space, while some of our high-capacity seesaws, fit for ten users, are fitter for a larger play area as these require more fall space around the actual equipment. Last, have a theme in mind. At KOMPAN, we offer great flexibility in terms of colour and aesthetics. Your playground style often goes hand in hand with the intended age group. Do you have an ocean theme in mind? In that case, a seesaw featuring sharks or octopuses will enhance the overall theme of your playground. Selected seesaw products are available in GreenLine versions with low-carbon emissions created mainly from post-consumer ocean waste

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do we get started?

    Choosing the right products from KOMPAN's extensive range of playground equipment is the starting point. We encourage you to explore our website to be inspired by the amazing outdoor playgrounds we have installed around the world. Our very competent and experienced support team can then help you translate your wish list into your own unique playground solution. Feel free to contact us and ask all your questions, or to receive a quote.

    2. How robust are the springs that support the seesaw?

    KOMPAN springs are engineered to make the movement of the seesaws optimal for many users. The unique designed PA6 brackets fixated with stainless steel hardware ensures high safety while playing. The springs are cleaned, primed and powder coated for high durability in any environment around the world.

    3. Do the triangular three-seat versions need three children to work properly?

    Effectively yes, but that is their strong point. The three-seat seesaw encourages broader friendships, avoiding the feeling of exclusion that ‘my best friend’ can often generate. There’s even a tempting position for a fourth child, standing on the central pivotal platform. 

    4. What’s the warranty on a seesaw playground?

    KOMPAN seesaw playground equipment is designed using a variety of materials. The EcoCoreTM HDPE plates and hot dip galvanized steel parts have a lifetime warranty against production defects. The spring systems and other movable parts have five-year warranties.

    5. What are the weight limits of the seesaws?

    All our seesaws are tested to be compliant with relevant safety standards. The weight capacity varies from product to product.

    6. What is the lifespan of the spring used?

    KOMPAN Springs are made of high-quality spring steel, according to EN10270. We have industry-leading warranties on all components, and the spring has a 5-year warranty.

    7. Are they weather-resistant?

    Wood on seesaws with wooden beams has been pressure impregnated to prevent rotting, but they are not water resistant.

    8. Can they be customised to fit a theme?

    Our large range of seesaws has various standard styles and panels to choose from.   We offer everything from horse-themed panels to sea creature—themed panels. Please contact your local play consultant if you have queries about specific themes. We are happy to help.  

    9. Can they be installed on the existing surfacing, or do they need a specific one?

    It depends on the surface you have. Please contact your local play consultant for more information on the surfacing. 

    10. Are playground seesaws safe?

    Yes, commercial playground seesaws are safe when designed and installed properly. At KOMPAN, we use high-quality, commercial-grade materials that are extremely durable and comply with strict safety standards that regulate the height and fall space dimensions of our seesaws.

    We also take extra precautions to ensure our seesaws are safe for children by providing safety flooring to absorb falls and clear zoning around the seesaws to prevent collisions with other playground equipment.

    11. Do seesaws still exist and are they still popular?

    Yes. Seesaws are still widely used as essential playground equipment everywhere around the world. Mostly, seesaws are used in smaller public or smaller park playgrounds such as community or school playgrounds since large modern playgrounds, often install larger, more complex playground structures or systems.