« White Mountain Puzzles Lakeside Cottage – 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 1.8M 5.9ft Telescopic Fishing Rod Retractable Fishing Pole Rod Free Shipping Rod (1.8M 5.9Ft) » 3 thoughts on “Lion Sports Solaris No-Tools Table Tennis Table (2-Piece)” 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful Not as easy to set up as they claim, but it’s a decent table, December 21, 2013 By Kathy Cunningham (Bowie, MD USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Lion Sports Solaris No-Tools Table Tennis Table (2-Piece) (Sports) I ordered the Lion Sports SOLARIS PING PONG TABLE for two very simple reasons: 1) it claims to be pre-assembled, requiring only 15 minutes to set up (with no tools!), and 2) Amazon offered it as one of their “Holiday Deals” before Thanksgiving at a very low price and with free shipping for Prime members. Anyone who has shopped for ping pong tables knows that they all require major assembly. And shipping can easily run $200 or more, which makes this a very expensive purchase. So I figured I was ahead of the game on both counts. First, let me be clear – my husband and I did manage to get this thing set up in our basement. But it took a lot longer than 15 minutes! And it’s so heavy and difficult to manipulate that we weren’t sure we were going to be able to pull it off. The problem is with the instructions, which are ridiculously obscure and difficult to follow. The table arrives in two pieces, each weighing over 100 pounds, with the legs already attached. The instructions tell you to work with the table halves on their backs so you can extend the legs upward and “lock the hinges” to secure them. The problem is, the “hinges” don’t lock. Try as we might, they just didn’t seem to do anything at all. We tried with both halves of the table, with no luck. We also called their customer service number (included in the instruction booklet), but we were never able to get hold of a human being (we kept getting a “no one is available to take your call” message). Finally, we decided to try standing one side of the table on its end to see if gravity might get the legs to lock – and miraculously, it worked! I have no idea how they locked, or why, but they did. Then we had to turn the table onto its legs (hoping they wouldn’t unlock during the process) – it wasn’t easy. They’re not kidding when they say it takes two adults working together to set this thing up. And I’d suggest two adults under the age of 60, but then my husband and I didn’t have any choice on that! But we did it. So take it from me, it can be done! Once you get both halves of the table standing on their legs, you have to move them together (which, again, takes two people) and attach the net (no instructions are included, but it wasn’t hard to figure that part out). There are also wheels which need to be attached to T-bars underneath the table – we haven’t tackled that yet. We were too worn out from getting the table set up. The wheels enable you to fold up and move the two pieces of the table. Since I don’t think we’ll be doing that anytime soon, we’re in no hurry to fool around with them (and the instructions for this are even more ridiculously unclear than they were for the table itself). But folding up this table is not a convenient process, wheels or no wheels. The instructions tell you to turn each half of the table onto its back (this definitely requires two people), “unlock” the legs (very funny – in that position, they unlock on their own!), and then stand it up on the wheels. Yikes! That’s a major project that I doubt we’ll attempt unless absolutely necessary. Once we got the table up and centered in the room, we started playing. And it’s a nice table. The surface is a deep royal blue, and the net is sturdy and serviceable. Two paddles and three balls were included – the paddles are very flimsy and not really worth playing with, but it’s nice to have them in case you don’t have any of your own. I’d recommend buying some better ones if you plan to use this table very often. One other thing I need to be clear about – Amazon sells this table with “scheduled delivery” through a number of delivery companies they’ve contracted with. Our original scheduled delivery date was December 6 (about ten days after we placed the order), but we were notified the week before that it would be delayed. It finally did ship on December 12, and the delivery company (CEVA Logistics) contacted us by phone to schedule the new delivery day and time (December 20). They called again on the delivery day to tell us they were on their way – they did arrive on time, and they did bring the box into our basement through a slider from the backyard. CEVA explained to me that they will only “cross the threshold” with the box, meaning they will bring it through one door (could be a garage door, front door, or basement door). Once inside the house, moving it is up to the customer. The guys who brought our table were gracious about bringing it around back into our basement, and they even offered to bring it all the way into the house to the room we had prepared for it. That was a huge help, and not something we expected. There are a number of negative reviews online about CEVA, but we had a very good experience. Bottom line, the SOLARIS ping pong table is a decent table that looks nice in our basement. We hope to play a lot of ping pong next week when our sons come home for Christmas. It’s not… Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful I like it!, May 27, 2014 By scootern – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Lion Sports Solaris No-Tools Table Tennis Table (2-Piece) (Sports) Nice table tennis (ping-pong) table. Pretty good construction and frame on it. Easy to assemble and can be put up in a matter of minutes 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply This table was easy to put together, January 8, 2015 By Janet L. Werner – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Lion Sports Solaris No-Tools Table Tennis Table (2-Piece) (Sports) This table was easy to put together, and it is very solid. I read reviews for other tables, and was very discouraged because they were hard to put together and that the screws fell out almost immediately. This table was a snap to put up, because it was already put together at the factory. Very happy. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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