The risk you take with this cheap chair is the lack of regulation (due to where it’s manufactured; risks: formaldehyde, lead, etc.) and the lack of consistent quality. Thequestion you need to ask is does the company selling this chair have the integrity to look out after the welfare of their customers, or is it all about the maximizing of profits by minimizing cost at the expense of their customers.
The, Hercules Church Chair was built with used plywood. The large crack and the grayish looking powder are from this piece of plywood’s first life as a form for pouring cement to build Chinese infrastructure. Who knows what chemicals are left permeated from that!
You can see that the screws provided to put the back on are poor quality and may burr when being installed creating sharp edges. What’s worse is the fact that they are wood screws and not machine screws designed to go into T-Nuts for a secure fastening. This makes backs likely to pop off, and hard to line up during assembly.
Sloppy welding can cut you
While sloppy welding is not ideal, what’s worst is not cleaning it up before the product goes from the metal department to the paint department. This slag left behind becomes a point that can cut you when you reach down to pick up the chair. And by the way, there is no way to verify what’s in that paint and whether it’s lead free.
Misaligned welded crossbar
This misaligned welded crossbar is attached to the other leg with the alignment pushed as far forward as this one is pushed back. While this most likely will create very few issues in durability, it could impact stackability. And let’s face it, it’s just plain sloppy.
Razor sharp ganging device might cut you
This chair uses a very thin piece of bent metal sheeting to lock chairs together. Over time this unusually lightweight ganging device will bend and chip creating the possibility of slicing through the skin of your finger. Keep plenty of band-aids on hands when stacking and unstacking.
Needs to be assembled
So this is how the chair comes. You must put its parts together yourself. There are 8 screws in every back and no good way to line the back up to insure it goes on straight. Good luck getting a group of volunteers to put these together with any semblance of uniformity.