Tree stand maintenance?

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  1. Josh Stewart

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    I've got a couple of latter stands and a climber, and was wondering what sort of maintenance should be done year to year. What do ya'll do?

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  2. WillO

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    Look for any excessive corrosion, check the straps, bolts and fastenings.

    Check it hasn't moved too.
     
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    I don't leave my LW stand in the woods unless I'm in it. I just check everything for tightness and look over my traction belts for any possible cracks each year. Other than that it's pretty much maintenance free.
     
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    Check the ratchet straps, if your stand has any, for tears. I’ve seen straps cut in half by squirrels.


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    Loosen and retighten your ratchet and chains. You don't want the tree growing around/over them. If you're using a lock-on and ladder stick and leave them in the woods for several years, you're in for a big surprise unless you adjust for tree growth.
     
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    Hogs need lovin too Weekend Warrior

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    I came in to say this. I do this every year, as well as inspect cables and connections + load test my stands if they get left out.
     
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    Guess I’m the odd man out, I don’t leave mine out. I paid too much for them to let them hang out unattended for 7 months.
     
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    This is a lot more important than you may think. I just removed 3 abandoned stand from my lease property. Unused for 3+ years. 2 ladder stands and one hang on with sticks. Tree had grown over the strap on on ladder stand. Had to cut it off and leave part of the strap. One came down OK. The hang on and sticks had ratchets and had pulled so tight they could not be moved. Had to work from a ladder to cut everything free. It is one thing to leave your stand out when the tree is dormant. But to leave them out during the growing season is asking for trouble. Mine are home hanging up, straps are in a plastic pail with a lid.
     

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