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Got tired of using the screw-in style tree steps. Had a friend of mine who owns an alum. frabricating shop make me some custom climbing sticks to my specs. Very pleased with the results.

Best thing of all is I was able to make them for less than 1/2 price of what I could buy them for

Here's a link to some photo's if your interested:

http://community.webshots.com/album/553735349jaXSsi

* very lightweight - 400# plus working weght.
* 46 total feet in 5' and 3' mix & match sections.
* wider 7" long individual steps.
* Camo paint.
* Steps spaced for easy stretch free climbing.
* sticks are secured to tree using custom made polyprop. cam-buckle straps from strapworks.com.
 

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cool...

now how about making me 3 sets and shipping them to me!! What would it cost (aside of shipping)? Roy
 

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Those are sharp!
 

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If your friend wants to make some money, post the details!

I just started using the climbing sticks last year and will never go back to tree steps. For one, I hunt on managed timber land and there aren't any "cull" trees anymore to use the screw in steps. And 2, those screw in steps are dangerous, hanging off a tree to screw them in and if they break you will get disemboweled. A good climbing stick is awesome.
 

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i want some too

I would buy some if your gonna market and sell some. Put me on the list!!!!


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Steve
 

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Anyone that has a buddy that is handy with a welder and some scrap alum or steel stock can whip these up really cheap!

Very nice looking!
 

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romanc333 said:
I would buy some if your gonna market and sell some. Put me on the list!!!!


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Steve
I'd like to but unfortunately the liability side would be too great. You could always look-up a local fabricating shop, bring in a prototype set to copy from and have a set made up for yourself, then order straps seperate as I did. The only cost savings I did was paint rather than powder-coat. Figured being aluminum, painting would be good enough.

FYI I've got about $140 into them (parts/labor) - $300 + for something similar at Cabela's of equal length in aluminum. Steel is cheaper of course.

Thanks for the comments!
 

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Decent
 

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buckhunter2054 said:
How heavy are they?
Being aluminum -about 2 lbs. per 5 foot section. I can carry all the sections to get me 23' in the air with very little effort.

They would be easy to make out of 1/8" tube steel and an Arc welder - although a little heavier. If anyone is interested I could post some measurements.
 

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Very cool.
Nice woork too.

I made a couple adder sections out of steel a while ago to get higher then 16'.
I dont carry mine though. LOL
The atv does the work for me.
I set mine up weeks in advance though...
 

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VTbowman said:
Very cool.
Nice woork too.

I made a couple adder sections out of steel a while ago to get higher then 16'.
I dont carry mine though. LOL
The atv does the work for me.
I set mine up weeks in advance though...
Yea - I hunt private land adjacent to state land abd usually have my stands up weeks in advance. A little leary though that these sticks are gonna "grow feet and walk away" . I may hang my stand now - remove the sticks and leave the stand hung in the tree.
 
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