Guide Gear 12′ Hunting Climbing Tree Stand Tower with Ladder
Top Positive Review
Just received this tower, and I’m overall impressed. It took my buddy and I about 2 hours to assemble. Important to take everything out and organize all the parts. A measuring tape helps with the bolts. We got stuck when it came time to install the support struts that criss-cross between the legs, until we realized that if we had glanced up and to the right of the installation diagram, there were pictures describing each bar (There are 3 different types of bars that are distinguished by where the center hole is drilled.) This helped to determine which went where. So in this case, RTFM…. The tower itself is sturdy once assembled and staked down. The number of bolts/nuts and other parts were exact. No Spares…so don’t lose anything. We did have to expand 2 holes by 1/4 inch that we could not get bolts lined up from the main frame members connecting to the actual floor. 3 out of 4 on each bar lined up perfectly. We also had to clear the holes of 2 support strut brackets, as they seem to have a bit of slag in them from manufacturing. All the nuts are Nyloks, which are nice, but we noticed that the nuts that used 13mm wrench were tougher to get started on the bolts. Recommend the use of an small impact drill, if you’re light on the trigger. You can collapse the metal bar ends if you aren’t careful. Also note that if you are installing the optional hunting blind, you may want to ensure that the all bolts insert from out to in, so as to not cause issues with tears in the fabric. I’m still working out the chair placement, as there are 4 different places to mount them. The chairs aren’t horrible, and seem plenty sturdy, but then I haven’t sat in them for hours yet.
Top Critical Review
There isn??t anything that??s great about this about this but it??s not really bad. The seats are pretty small. Im not an huge guy. Roughly 6?? 215lbs let??s just say I fit but?? Its not real comfortable or uncomfortable but I??ll be switching out for a folding camping chair. If I even get to use it.
The base platform and shooting rail are pretty flimsy. Could see this only lasting this year.
Rungs in the ladder are pretty far apart, not terrible going up but it??s worse trying to come down, its extremely too far a ten year old to climb up with a rifle.
With the shooting rail not moving and being an unreliable brace to use while climbing in and out it??s pretty much just an obstruction that makes getting in and out even more of an issue.
I??d would be nice to get a refund for this and the blind that didn??t even last a week.
Customer Questions & Answers
What is the distance between the legs at the very bottom ?
Answer: It was made to last if you can follow the instruction’s. The cross supports to the legs are confusing and after we got it down and standing one of the cross supports were in the wrong position. Make sure if you buy one you need to get better stakes( a lot longer) to secure it to the ground
how many legs are there?
Answer: 2 and ladder is other legs so instead of 4 legs one on each corner you only have 2 with ladder holding up other side
Can this be mounted in a tree or do you need a platform stand?
Answer: this is a 12′ free standing platform. it is a tower blind
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