The Product



Does this fit the description
of a NEW carnival Ride?

What about Safety?

YOU be the Judge!

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4) Assembling the ride parts (at least those which were received).

Next I had to begin assembling the ride. The first job was to attach the ten sweep arms that the seats hang from via the seat posts or columns.

Sweep Arms.
The sweep arms were installed and the securing pins also. As we began installing I noticed that the plastic conduit (wire channel) and plastic junction boxes were broken or missing their covers. These carry the wiring for the decorative lights on each of the ten sweep arms on this allegedly NEW ride. See image below:


Then with the help of a friend we began to install the sweep arms to the central pivot on the ride. Each of the sweep arms had a chrome plated metal channels (light fixtures) which contained the wiring and the bulb cover receptacles for the decorative lights.

It was while unwrapping the ten sweep arms from the bubble wrap that I noticed that the metal light fixtures were all bent and dented. At this point I was becoming frustrated, as every stage of the assembly process uncovered yet more evidence of problems and identified more extremely poor quality and shoddy manufacturing. Rather than try to fix the light fixtures I elected to simply remove them completely.

Spreader/stabilizing Arms.
Once the Sweep arms were attached then we had to attach the stabilizer or spreader arms. These are located on the end of each sweep arm and are what separates the sweep arms at the outside perimeter and keeps the sweep arms firmly in place and rigid.

What I found as I attempted to install the first arm was that the bolts that anchor them were too short, they didn't reach all the way through the nut.

Engineer's and bolt manufacturers require at least two threads to protrude through the nut. Manufacturers of vehicles know this and comply. This image shows the bolts that were supplied to me with the ride and this was long before I submitted the ride for inspection by a qualified engineer. I could see for myself it was inadequate.

Do any of these parts shown so far look NEW? Is it unreasonable of me to expect those parts to look NEW?

See the image below.

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Again I was forced to go shopping for new bolts of the correct size. This was a two hour period of my time adding to the previous time I had already invested. 
Seat Hanger Brackets 
Next was the installation of the Seat hanger brackets low an behold other than poor quality plating on the bolts this was the first thing I had done on this ride that did not require buying new parts or correcting. 

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Seat Hanger Bushings.  
These are the bushings note the appearance of them brand new out of the box so to speak:
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What I found when attempting the installation of the bushings was that some of the bolts were in less than good shape
And as I will show later some of the welds on these bushings were condemned by the engineer for having poor quality welds.

 Seat post/Columns.
The seat posts or columns are the part of the ride that suspend from the sweep arms and which the fiberglass seats are fastened to.

The first problem I noted with these was that there wasn't any plastic plugs in the central box post. Poretskins own paperwork clearly states that any cavities that are open to the elements are required to be sealed. One can only wonder why he doesn't follow his own safety instructions.

The engineer confirmed that the post should be sealed in order to eliminate water from building up which if it froze could expand and compromise the integrity of the steel. The engineer went further to say that all cavities even if sealed from the elements should also have a drain hole, there were none on the ride nor were there any seals.

And so once more I had to order parts in this case plastic sealing plugs for the seat posts this took about five days as they had to come from the states. Also I did drill drain holes into the posts in order that drainage could occur as I wanted to be in compliance.

   This image shows how the seat hangers go together 
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It was during the installation of the seat post/columns that I discovered three damaged fiberglass seats. I took images and sent them to Poretskin. I decided that I would give him the benefit of the doubt in this instance since there was no way to know whether or not they were damaged during shipping. I therefore paid for the repair myself.

    There was also a purple seat damaged.
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Here is the ride now at the assembled stage sitting on my driveway as of April 01 2011.