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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Tree stand maintenance

Be certain to inspect, repair and assure all your tree stand are safe. I spent most of a day recently going over my climbers, hang-on and ladder stands. On the metal stands the paint tends to peal/rust every year, on all stands the bolts acquire some rust and the cables tend to fray over time. I do not recommend leaving stands in the woods or outside non season however, if you have be certain to make repairs to the stands structure and attachments before using them. If you determine a stand is questionable and proper minor repairs cannot be easily made...don't be too cheap. Dump it before it dumps you. Be safe.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 06:01 PM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

Amazing how many ladder stands, climbers at tree bases, even deer carts, on gamelands during spring gobbler.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2014, 06:39 PM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

really good advice here. don't think it can't happen to you. it happened to me, your turn will come too, so do all you can to minimize the chances.

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My group spent $400 on new ratchet straps that were installed over the weekend while at camp.

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-19-2014, 02:23 AM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

Good advice! One thing to add to this, never step onto your stand without being harnessed to the tree. The majority of falls happen during this time and in the even that your stand does fail, your harness will save your life.


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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-19-2014, 03:06 AM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

And for 30 or 40 bucks, less if you make your own, put in a lifeline on all your stands.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-19-2014, 02:03 PM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

If you own any gorilla hangons,check the cables.Those puppies rust like crazy.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-22-2014, 11:35 AM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

Ha, my one tree stand gets inspected after it is taken out of the shed after a non season of use.
My pre-season hikes insures that it is a carry in- carry out tree stand in season.
Lasted nearly twenty years doing that. And I remember how much I only paid for it then. And it fits a 185 pounder real good.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-23-2014, 12:55 AM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

my climber gets new cables every 3 or 4 years, I store it inside and yes im scared of gravity. ive seen climbers in use that should have been thrown in the dumpster 10 years ago.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2014, 01:50 PM
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Re: Tree stand maintenance

I had to take my favorite stand down due to tree dying.
Don't forget to check for dead branches above your head...

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Leave the rest behind it will be there waiting when you return.

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