Six years ?....Where they made out of pressure treated material? As with having a deck on your house even PT needs maintenance to last...Some of my stands are 15yrs old and the stands at camp we built are over 20yrs old.....braces.... nails ... bolts.(all decking rated) need to be checked at least yearly.....yes the wood is heavier but as with the latest hang on style I made a simple pulley system and the stand is easy to secure...by my self....that being said ...SG has great deals and I've purchased many a stand thru them....one last thing ....ratchet straps are fine and I use them but I also use heavy chain as a back up....just loosen both at the end of the season so the tree has room to grow.
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