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Independent review 2009
Asgard is very intuitive to assemble, the instructions aren't really needed. The panels are handed and have a sticker on them for the man who would rather go blind than read instructions (me!). There are a lot of screws in this shed so an electric screwdriver is essential. The weight and quality feel of the panels is immense, the roof of the Asgard weights as much as the entire weight of shed X. (I must admit putting the roof on myself was tricky as I am (ahem) a little short. I would get a helper next time. The finish of each panel is near perfect, no sharp edges anywhere and despite the vast number of screw holes, EVERY SINGLE ONE lines up! - which is pretty amazing. The Asgard shed takes a little longer to assemble (45 minutes on my own + the odd rest) simply because there is a base in this shed and so many screws. When I say base I mean a real base!! It's rock solid, all the side panels link into it internally, so it really is a tough little cookie. Again I recommend gloves - Asgard has no sharp bits, but these panels are very heavy.
I am no expert in sheds, but I did notice that all the fixings on the Asgard are internal so once the shed is locked up you can't get in. Shed X has all the screws on the out side which I really don't understand!?!? If I am a burglar all I need is a 50p screw driver to break in. However it does make shed X really easy to put together where with the Asgard you have to be inside the shed to screw it together.
Shed X The doors are made from the same disappointing material as the rest of the shed (low grade, thin metal) The finish is very poor and again the door is attached from the outside. The hinges are tacked on with either glue or weld.
Shed X has a traditional hasp and staple arrangement for your own padlock. However as I have already mentioned, with all the screws on the outside and the fact you can lift the shed up negates the need for a padlock as it is in effect - useless. There is a benefit to this system though. If I ever lose my key I can lift the shed out of the way to get my lawn mower out.
The Asgard shed has an integral drill and pick resistant lock. Superb locking action! A lovely touch is the ability to unlock from the inside without a key, so the kids won't get locked inside (though that is tempting). Inside the shed you will find an integral lock and bolt system giving this shed no less than 3 reinforced steel locking points. These locks will shear off if a break-in is attempted. The Asgard locking system has been approved by the UK Locksmiths Association so I think that's a pretty decent endorsement.
Shed X's inside is absolutely fine. It does what it says in the box. There are no leaks and no sharp corners. A few screws do stick through in the roof though, so look out if you are one of those tall types. The external weather proof coating is also present on the inside, so rust should not be a problem internally.
Asgard has no leaks and a good quality internal finish. The Asgard does has the benefit of accessory packs of hooks and shelves (at extra cost). These (I'm told) screw into the back at predefined points and are made from the same material as the shed. The integral floor is the winner here, this will keep the moisture out as well as the thieves.
Looking around both sheds the difference is remarkable. The Asgard shed is much better looking IMO (the neighbours will be jealous) Nice touches such as the integral rain guard keep driving rain out of the door joints (I'm told that if you pay for installation Asgard will also apply Silicone around all other joints as well) A series of hidden vents in the underside of the roof reduce condensation. The whole shed is very substantial. A very nice piece of kit.
The Asgard shed is twice as much to buy as Shed X. That you can't deny. But for twice the money you get a metal shed with a ten year warranty, made in the UK (support local industry), with a recognised reputation (these guys sell to the Police). The shed is of top quality, looks great and will last forever. It is my understanding the Asgard shed is so good that it sells into local government for schools and colleges for sports equipment storage...
Shed X is fine if you want a cheap way of covering up some low cost plastic patio furniture from the rain. In honesty though Shed X really has no security benefit at all. No matter how good your padlock is a potential thief only has to lift the shed out of the way or unscrew the lock. For those of you who are environmentally aware Shed X is made over seas and imported in huge crates, so not great for our carbon foot print or the ailing UK economy.
"If you can afford it buy the Asgard shed. If you can't afford the Asgard shed then save up a little longer until you can".
Independent Shed Review - 2009
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