Posted by Terry Blackwell on 22nd Feb 2014
I have two of these tree stands and had to modify them to in order to use them.
Cons: Very difficult and unsafe while trying to enter the stand from a ladder, steps, etc. You have to stand on side of stand with bar up and step around brace on side of stand. This requires adding a ratchet strap at bottom of stand to keep it from shifting.
Seat was totally not useable. Suspension style puts you in awkward angle facing upward when sitting in it. Very difficult to stand up from sitting position.
Seat material very slick and noisy as well as stiff when trying to sit or stand. You will not get up from this seat with a deer anywhere in the neighborhood without being heard.
Stand creaks and squeaks when you shift your weight from side to side. No nylon washers at joints.
Shooting rail too low to use except to lay gun own.
Platform needs additional cross bracing to stop excessive flexing of wire mesh platform.
Powder coating is of poor quality and rusts quickly.
Pros: Very solidly built from heavy material and all hardware was included.
Good starting point from which to build a good stand. I discarded the seat entirely and welded an additional cross piece at top and made a simple flat seat out of nylon straps wrapped around the two seat cross pieces. Longer bolts were required to make the shooting rest high enough to be useable. I welded in an additional cross brace to the foot platform to better support the steel mesh and stop the excessive flexing. All the joints where the bolts pass through were welded in order to stop the squeaking when your weight shifts while sitting, standing or just looking around. This stand is also sold at S Guide and receives some good reviews which is a mystery to me. If all you want to do is sit in a stand and look upward this stand would suffice. If, however, you are a serious deer hunter and have spent any time in a stand, this stand is completely not useable as it comes. Double so for a bow hunter. I kept both stands and have used them for the 2013/2014 deer season. I have unlimited access to scrap metal in the form of square tubing, channel, etc. and a best friend who is a certified welder. This is the only reason I kept the stands and have ended up with some very roomy and solid stands. The stands don't much resemble the stands as they came out of the box however.