Over the years, we’ve told you about how our blow-molded products are made, and how our metals are powder-coated to protect them, but how does the whole process work, anyway?  I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.  But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.  When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.  No kidding.  Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?  The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic and prepare them for a... More

The coolest thing about working at Lifetime Products is our dedication to innovate and make stuff that just doesn't exist yet. Our newest basketball system  - the Power Flex System - is my favorite system that we make because of just that.  In an industry that is saturated with competition, we were able to come up with an in-ground basketball system that is unique in many ways. First, we started with the height adjustment mechanism. Our engineers were able to patent new technology with a gas-assist, triggerless handle adjustment called the Power Lift® XL Height Adjust.  This new Power Lift XL is similar to our existing Power Lift® mechanism that Lifetime invented in 1996  - which was the first pneumatic height adjustment mechanism for basketball hoops.  However, our new Power Lift® X... More

 This giveaway has ended. Halloween isn't even here yet, but if you have walked through any stores lately, you know that retailers are already in full swing with Thanksgiving and even Christmas displays.  Personally, I like to think about one holiday at a time!  But, at Lifetime we're already starting to think about the holidays, too with products, sales, and more.  In fact, the holiday entertaining season is one of the most popular times for people to purchase Lifetime folding tables and chairs because they need extra dining space for Thanksgiving dinners, extra buffet table space, and more. So even though it's still October, this month our giveaway is geared for your November and December needs.  We're giving away a Lifetime 34" Fold-In-Half Square Table and four Lifetime Light Commercial Folding c... More

Here in the water sports department we often get asked, “Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water?”  It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES. Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions.  The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your kayak or on your paddleboard.  More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling.   It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device - aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak.  You never know what could happen out there and it is alw... More

 We did it again! Back in 1998, Lifetime revolutionized the folding table industry by inventing the first blow-molded folding banquet table.  The tables were lighter and stronger than traditional wooden folding tables.  Our invention made heavy, wooden folding tables practically obsolete as blow-molded tabletops became the new market standard.  Today, I'm excited to introduce to you Lifetime's new line of stackable folding tables - the biggest innovation in the folding table industry since our original invention!  Why is this new design such a big deal?  Several reasons.  First, the new Lifetime 6-Foot Stackable Folding Table features an innovative nesting design that allows multiple tables to easily be stacked together for space saving... More

A few months ago I forewarned you of the top three things to know before assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop. Today, I'm going to share with you some of the specific hurdles I alluded to in that post that we crossed along the way when assembling our own Lifetime Basketball Hoop (model 90228). To be honest, I'm kind of embarrassed to share my story with you given some of the pretty major "oopsies" we had.  After all, since I work for Lifetime, you'd think I'd know how to assemble the products.  Not necessarily true.  This was my first time assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop.  Let's just say, I can definitely empathize with our customers now! Before we started assembling, we laid out all of our parts and pieces to make sure we could easily find everything.  Thankfully, all the parts and bags of ha... More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of the health campaign, this month you can get a great deal on a sit-inside kayak while also contributing to a great cause!  If you love to fly fish, check out the hot pink Emotion Glide™ Sit-Inside Angler Kayak.  We are excited to offer $100 discount off the regular price of the Emotion Glide™ Angler Kayak in the Lifetime Store Online. In addition to the discount, Emotion Kayaks (which are manufactured by Lifetime Products) will donate $25 from each pink Glide™ kayak sale to Casting for Recovery®.  Casting for Recovery® is a non-profit organization which supports women who have or have had breast cancer. This innovative organization was founded on the prin... More

In this post, I wanted to share with you more information about our new Grabcessories™ products. We've all seen safety grab bars. So, what makes Grabcessories™ unique? First, they look GREAT!  Honestly, they do!  Our new product line is designed to be both beautiful and functional - seamlessly integrating as actual bathroom décor while providing the convenience of safety accessories.  If you read between all that marketing mumbo-jumbo, it means your bathroom will still look like a home bathroom and not a hospital or nursing home. The second thing that makes Grabcessories™ unique is that they currently are the only safety grab bar product on the market offering a complete line of coordinating bathroom safety accessories.  Most manufactures only offer one bar fo... More

Wow!  A LOT of you have storage projects on your to-do lists!  We were overwhelmed with entries this month and we heard dozens of different uses that all of our entrants had in mind for the Lifetime Outdoor Storage Box.  But, a big congratulations goes out to Melissa O. of Hamptom, Virginia who was the one lucky winner of our September giveaway. She will receive a free Lifetime 80-Gallon Outdoor Storage Box and plans to use it for her gardening supplies… a very popular idea shared by many of you.  It's always interesting to learn how our customers plan to use our products. Your feedback helps us design our products to best fit your needs so thank you for always sharing. Just because you didn't win the giveaway doesn't mean you're completely out of luck.  If you are still wishing you had ... More

 
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Angled or Straight Basketball Poles?
On occasion, I have been asked whether I prefer a straight or an angled pole when selecting a portable basketball system. At first glance, an angled pole may appear to have performance or safety advantages, but when looked at from an engineers perspective, some deeper insights can be gained. I sat down with one of Lifetimes head engineers to discuss why Lifetime chooses to use straight basketball poles on our systems. Ed has been an engineer at Lifetime Products since 1993 and has played a large role in developing our basketball systems over the years. Here are some of his insights on angled vs. straight basketball systems. Are basketball systems with an angled pole less likely to tip over than ones with a vertical pole? The stability of a portable system has to do with the weight of the backboard and the weight of the ba...
Be My Valentine and Get $15 Off the Lifetime Kids Pink Picnic Table
In honor of Valentine's Day, the LifetimeStore onlineisoffering $15 off the kids pink picnic table throughout the month of February. Be sure to check out our other pink and red products, too, like the pink youth kayak, and our red and white tablecloths. The Lifetime kids pink picnic table is popular because it is portable, durable, and cheerful! This is the perfect little snack and craft table for a child's bedroom, a daycare center, or a backyard patio.Polyethylene plastictabletop and benches are water proof, stain resistant,and UV-protected from fading or warping. Powder-coated steel frame is sturdy and resists rusting. Thisbright littlepicnic table is fun for kids to use and easy for parents to maintain. The pink youth kayak is a fun model that has just recently been added to our line of outdoor recreational products. ...
Fishing Kayaks for Father's Day
Father's Day is almost here. If youre like me, you are always rushing around trying to figure out what to do for Dad at the last minute. For years I always based my Fathers Day gifts on two things, fish and sports. My dad either gets the latest Jets (dont hold it against him) football team sweatshirt or a nice wooden fish decoration to hang on the wall. Since these were always my dads favorite activities, this always seemed like the best route, until he ran out of wall space for all those wooden fish decorations. Im sure Im not the only one at there who has a dad that loves fishing. I mean loves it. You know, the dad who gets up at 4am so he can get out on the water . The dad who has more fishing rods than pairs of pants. Instead of adding to the shiny collections of rods, or in my case, fish that hang on the wall, why not g...