So last year I seen that menards had these stands on sale for $30. I thought what the hell give one a shot. SO I hunted out of one 4-5 times last year. Not a single complaint. Went to Menards today and seen they have there 16' climbing ladders on sale to. I used one of those last year when I was helping a buddy put his sand up. Solid. $30.
So for the other financially challenged hunters out there $60 you can get a stand and climbing ladder. It is a sale through the end of the mth. Both rock solid and quiet. The stand has plasitic washers between all metal parts. YOU DO HAVE TO ASSEMBLE 6 BOLT. 1/2" wrench is all you need. Takes 10 min. Also I dont use the seat coshion, since I have one I am partial to and carry it to every stand, so I can not comment on there comfort.
Just an FYI
Here is a link to menards for the specs on the stand
And here is one for the ladder