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Treestand life lines

It finally clicked this year that fixed lifelines are the only way to go for sets that are left out for the season. You really can’t beat the fact that your hooked in from the ground, and could even stay hooked in rather than switching out to a tree strap. Only downside might be that the rope can move and possibly alert deer.

I bought a single hss line and see you can buy a 3 pack for 87$. Before I do this I’m looking into homemade options as it’s easy to tie a prusik knot. I’m pricing rope out right now and wanted to see if anyone had any input on what to buy and from where. Premium single braided poly ok? Obviously half inch is ideal.

If it’s cost effective I’m gonna assemble a few of my own. Links to products would be awesome.
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I have been making and my own out of rope I bought at the local hardware for years. I can make one for a couple dollars and they work just fine.

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You need 5/8 arborist rope for your life line and usually 5/16 or 3/8 prusik cord. Pretty sure HSS uses 5/8 life lines and Muddy uses 1/2 inch.

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Also just tie tag end to tree with 550 cord no movement
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^ Two preferences on opposite ends of the spectrum. PA bone... I looked at that but it would cost me nearly the same as buying a 3 pack, RSB... do you buy single braided poly?
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https://www.arborist.com/

Check this place out, a few years ago I made a bunch for about 18 bucks each.
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Try kf7p.com for dacron line and qualitynylonrope.com for nylon rope.

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Yes 5/8 arborist rope is expensive and your best bet is to find two or three people to go together and buy in bulk, even then it's not cheap. The problem I have a lot of the time the HSS 30 footers aren't quite long enough and I end up having to hook up 8 feet off the ground or so.

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I have been making and my own out of rope I bought at the local hardware for years. I can make one for a couple dollars and they work just fine.

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How do you know they work just fine?
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I have been making and my own out of rope I bought at the local hardware for years. I can make one for a couple dollars and they work just fine.

Dick Bodenhorn
How do you know they work just fine?
This is kind of the discussion I was looking for...

hardware store diamond braid poly... roughly 10$ per stand (tie you own, 300lb working load, 900lb break strength average)

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Arborist rope nearly the same cost as hss 3 pack (complete with beaner, no knots to tie, working load/break strength well into the thousands) 30$ per stand.
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