We didn’t load the airer until the day after for fear of cracking the concrete base, the Foldaway 51 was able to manage around four big loads of laundry too, we tried hanging most of our heavy articles on one side of the drying lines for the sake of testing purposes and we didn’t witness any creaking, it stayed straight as an arrow even with an imbalanced load, silently turning when the occasional breeze decided to show up.
We’d like to note that raising the head section even when fully loaded was quite smooth and easy courtesy of the cranking mechanism, the crank is made of heavy duty plastic and feels well built, it also didn’t take long for our clothes to dry out which is not surprising for its design but we noticed that the line sagged a little upon taking everything down.
This is normal for new airers in most cases and we didn’t really mind, this is the part where the built-in line tensioner showed its worth. It was quite convenient to use but due to the way the cord was looped through the arms, we had to fiddle with the lines to get them to tighten up, it’s a little tricky to explain but it’s akin to fixing uneven shoelaces.
It was not difficult at all, albeit, a little time consuming so we suggest taking the head section off outdoor clothes dryer and resting it on the ground before tightening the lines because looking up and stretching your arms out for a certain period of time can cause some straining your neck, mostly if you’re an elderly or not a very tall person.