MidWest Life Stages A.C.E Double Door Dog Crate
Bad lock system, flimsy construction
We have previously purchased a Large 42" MidWest Lifestages crate and was very happy with it. Our dog kept growing and growing and we realized we wanted a little more room for her, so we went on a search for a Giant 48". We were thrilled to find this crate, cheap and with double doors; however, when we received this crate it was already slightly bent from shipping on one end and it was also very flimsy. I feel like I could've bent it with my bare hands, so the idea of putting a 50lb dog in there seemed scary. Sure enough, our first outing that we left our dog in the crate, she opened the door and got out which has NEVER happened before, and she is almost 1 year old. The new "maxlock" system is horrible. We put a little pressure on our door and it swings right open. There is no secure lock, it just sits on little U shaped hooks that you lift the door over. Overall, I hope to save someone the pain of finding their dog halfway out of their crate, or worse hurt, when they come home. I am not sure if the smaller ones would be better for small dogs since they won't have as many pounds of pressure up against the locks, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has a dog with 50lbs or more.
September 22, 2013
Decent crate for medium sized dog
I ordered a 36" crate fully expecting it to be the same size as another 36" crate I had of a different brand, but the Midwest crate turn out to be a good 2-3" shorter in height. I figured collapsible wire crate sizes were all pretty standard, so I never even bothered to check the height. My 55-lb dog has to hang his head when he sits or stands in it because he bumps his head, so I'm not sure how it would fit up to a 70-lb dog as Midwest advertises. It's also not as sturdy as my other crate and could be easily destroyed by a dog with separation issues. I'd recommend this crate for 30-50lb dogs (versus the suggested 41-70lbs) that are already crate trained.
October 18, 2013
I got this crate for my Great Dane pup. He grows ridiculously fast so the divider was a must. It seems pretty durable. We'll see how it holds up when my 12 lb pup turns into a 150 lb adult!
February 12, 2014
Good Crate - MaxLock Door is Suspect
We like the design of the crate and the 2 doors. However, our Shih Tzu was able to open the wide-side door in seconds after we left. I added a plate in front of the handle on the wide-side as the manufacturer's name plate was providing similar protection on the short-side. I also tightened (bent) the clasps on the door handles and the crate so they were not so loose when the doors were closed - seems to work far better now.
December 28, 2013