Guide Gear 10′ Elevated Hunting Tower Platform Climbing Ladder Stand

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Guide Gear 10' Elevated Hunting Tower Platform Climbing Ladder Stand
PROS
  • 4 REVIEWS TRAP DOOR
  • 10 REVIEWS PUT TOGETHER
  • 3 REVIEWS POP UP BLIND
  • 5 REVIEWS GOOD PRICE
  • 4 REVIEWS MISSING PARTS
  • 10 REVIEWS PLATFORM
  • 8 REVIEWS LADDER
  • 10 REVIEWS STAND
  • 11 REVIEWS INSTRUCTIONS
  • 11 REVIEWS ASSEMBLY
  • 6 REVIEWS HARDWARE
  • 5 REVIEWS DIRECTIONS
  • 5 REVIEWS HOLES
  • 12 REVIEWS PUTTING
  • 11 REVIEWS ASSEMBLED
  • 7 REVIEWS BOLT
  • 3 REVIEWS GUIDE
  • 4 REVIEWS MINE
  • 4 REVIEWS NUTS
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Top Positive Review


You cannot break the economics triangle: there??s fast, cheap, and right, and you can only get two. This was cheap and right, but it was definitely not fast to assemble, which is fine. None of the assembly was too difficult; I was able to use all the predrilled holes, all the product dimensions were correct, and all the hardware was correctly provided. The instructions are brief, accurate, straightforward, and in good English, with little effort spent on images.

I did the assembly myself, preset with the mindset that it was going to take a full day from reading the previous reviews. It took me 6 hours from opening box to hunting from it, working at a casual pace.

Tips:
1) assemble the platform (first step) on a flat working surface if possible. This made the platform assembly and first leg connections easy.
2) a socket or impact really speed up the process. Keep in mind using the impact will remove some of the powder coating.

The description does not do this product justice. It comes with extension pieces to attach a pop up blind easily, even if the pop up is up to 6ft wide. The ladder is very narrow, but climbable, and they were thoughtful in designing the top of the ladder so it flips up to serve as a handle to balance yourself as you access the top of the platform. It comes with stakes to anchor the ladder and platform to the ground.

Accessing the ladder, however, is acrobatic. You can see in the vendor image and my pic that the bottom cross-brace is on all 4 sides, preventing you from just being able to walk under it.

I plan to touch up some of the places where the powder coating was scratched off during shipment and assembly and possibly fill some of the square tubing ends with fast foam to deter critters and internal rust. Great value, especially when combined with a pop up blind and comparing against a conventional tower box blind.

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Top Critical Review


The price is right however , it comes in 3 boxes . The box containing the hardware and instructions was broken . The instructions are the worst iv’e ever seen . The bolts and parts are not numbered at all and makes for a lot of figuring out on your own . This leads to several rounds of bolts being taken in and out to get it right and several hours of trial and error. The longest bolts barely fit leaving the nylock part on the nut to short to do what its supposed do .

Mine came before my hunt club weekend so i could get there and assemble them in the few days i had and get them in the woods. The first problem was the main platform had not been welded all the way leaving that part useless (can’t bolt it to the other sections) and the bolts and other parts were missing . So i went to build the second one , this one was also missing parts and was possibly returned because it had a zip loc bag in there with a few bolts in it . After robbing parts from both to build one i managed to get one built .

I called Sportsmans Guide and let them know the issue they said this was typical with this stand because its heavy and packaged poorly ! i can’t believe after reading the reviews on their website all the negative reviews about this stand over the years that they haven’t improved the product. After arguing the fact that i was in the middle of Georgia on a hunt club work weekend and needed to get the stands in the woods they agreed to overnight the parts . Well that never happened ! i’m still waiting for the parts ! WHERE ARE MY OVERNIGHTED PARTS ??????????

Before you buy this do yourself a favor and visit their website, read the reviews about this platform before you waste your hard earned money on it . The price is right but the product and shipping need serious attention along with Sportsmans Guide customer service .
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Customer Questions & Answers


what size is platform
Answer:

The platform is 10 feet tall and the top is 4 feet by 4 feet square. It is very stable when anchored with the stakes included. I was able to expand the top surface area to 4×6 feet with thick outdoor plywood, and then was be able to put a 4×6 foot blind on top.
http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/4×6-plastic-hunti??

can someone email me an instructions to put this thing together. Mice chewed mine up?
Answer: It??s been 5 years since I assembled this, but as I recall the instructions didn??t make any sense in the first place; the Chinese didn??t translate very well. This made it impossible to assemble. Only after I tossed the instructions and used common sense, was I able to properly assemble the tower.

Is there a particular pop up blind that works well with this stand
Answer: Yes it is one 48 by 48 ground blind will stretch on top of it .

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