Rated 3.3 out of 5�by 6
Rated 3 out of 5�by MS Didn't go together easily
This is a nice looking cabinet. We ordered one about a month ago and it didn't go together too well. Very wobbly. We just ordered another one and hope that one goes together better!
June 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5�by Doug Looks good, won't hold up unless half loaded
I've add this file cabinet for about 4 years. The veneer is thicker than most other similar furniture I've had and looks good if you don't mind the shiny gloss appearance. I believe this has some sort of clear plastic like finish rather than real wood veneer. But it's held up well and cleans up with soap & water, 409, etc. Furniture polish kinda smears. Overall, the cabinet is functional, doubles as a printer table (or whatever#, and saves floor space given the sideways drawer design. Based on these attributes, I gave it 3 stars. Just don't buy it if you need to load it full of files.
Now the bad. In a nutshell, the drawers are too big for the type of construction used and will eventually fall apart if you load them near capacity. Given this, you may as well buy a normal size two drawer. This unit should not be priced any higher than the standard two drawer model. If Bush redesigned it and used heavier hardware to make it sturdier #particularly the drawers and slides#, it might be worth the $130 difference. I hope Bush Ind. reads these reviews. This cabinet really has some potential if they don't cheap out so much on design and materials.
Like most consumer office furniture these days, it is made of pressboard, plastic and veneer with twist fittings and wood screws. Although the twist lock fasteners #and wood glue I added myself) seem to do a descent job of holding the cabinet together, the plastic, wood screws and pressboard used for the drawers just can't take the abuse from being fully loaded with files. Neither can the drawer slides...the cheap metal bearing races eventually deform from the weight and fail to retain the bearings. The drawer assembly is design just like the two drawer model, but they have to carry twice the weight...they just won't hold up. The wood screws eventually rip out of the pressboard. Once one strips out, it creates a sort of domino effect and the others will soon follow. The plastic L brackets that hold the front face of the drawers to the sides were suspect from the beginning, but actually held up fairly well. However, they will also eventually crack and break. Normal abuse, like slamming the drawers will accelerate the process...this is true of the two drawer as well...hint, don't get made at and slam them shut.
A few operational annoyances...the file drawers don't come out all the way past the top, so you have to twist files a little to put them in and take them out. This is only a problem when you have a file load, e.g. packed, or box-bottom files. There is an automatic file drawer locking mechanism to keep both drawers from opening at the same time and tipping the whole cabinet. One drawer must be pushed all the way in before the other will open. The mechanism doesn't always work like it should. Sometimes it gets stuck in between settings and requires you to stick your hand/arm in behind the opened file drawer and play with the levers to set one in and one out. This happens when the closed drawer isn't push all the way in until it's flush and the other drawer is opened. Hint, you can normally avoid this if you level the cabinet so it's tilted back slightly.
Like others mention, you have to assemble absolutely everything except the drawer sliders themselves. So it takes some time, but not abnormal for furniture of this type.
December 30, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5�by John Easy as 1,2, 3!
Yeah, right. With over 100 fasteners, hardware pieces and model specific items (not including the pressboard panels, laminated or covered surfaces and plastic inserts) weighing over 200 #; this was the assembly project from .... Nothing, nothing at all was pre-assembled. Assembly of the B and C side panels was especially odious, let alone the drawers which came in a close second in assembly frustration. This is poor value for the money spent.
After 4 hours, we were able to have a correctly assembled product ready to use. The doors aren't quite flush requiring significant "tweeking" as the "tolerances" were loose.
October 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5�by hirad Kinda Pricey but Very Nice as Part of the Series
DO not lose any parts because they give you pretty much exactly what u need. no more no less.
May 23, 2010