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
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
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
A REAL GOOD PRODUCTJARHEAD
WE HAVE TWO CATS AND WE TAKE THEM WITH US WHEN WE TRAVEL. I BUILT A PLATFORM FOR THEM IN THE BACK SEAT AND WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT I COULD PUT THEM IN SO THEY WOULD HAVE ROOM TO MOVE A LITTLE AND REST AND I FOUND THE 30 INCH CAGE THAT FIT PERFECTLY AND STILL LEFT US ROOM TO PUT A SMALL LITTER BOX IN THE BACK SEAT ALSO. TGHE PRICE WAS RIGHT AND WE RECEIVED IT VERY FAST.
June 18, 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
exactly what we wanted
your product came fast and the box was not damaged but not used yet waitingfor puppies arrival so now my mother has placed a order with you Barbara longo looking forward to future dealings with you thanks again
February 1, 2015
Great crate as long as keeping the dog inside isn't a concern!
I have owned many crates and cages in 38 years as a dog owner. This one seems to be very well put together and is extremely easy to open and collapse. I love the front and side doors as it allows for so many more options of placement around the house. However, the "MaxLock" door system has to be the absolute worst "locking" system I have ever seen on a cage/crate. My active pup was able to open the door within 5 minutes of being placed inside it and now there is no way to keep her inside without the aid of a separate lock. All-in-all I guess it isn't a horribly difficult problem to fix but it is just disappointing that you have to take measures immediately after purchase to correct such an obvious design flaw on something advertised as "MaxLock".
January 23, 2015
Great product . Snap together quickly and sturdy as well. Good value . Also nice to get away for a while lol
January 15, 2015