Just wanted to give everyone some info before buying treestands from this maker.
I bought a bigdog bearcat xl stand from Menards today as I set many stands out during the season and needed one more.
What I saw on the box impressed me for the $55 price.
When I got home to assemble the stand, I noticed that the cables were "White", there was paint missing from many sections of it and rust already starting to form on it.
I know, I know---you get what you pay for--but I have to say i was pretty disappointed with this.
It has a webbed seat and a shooting rail. the problem with the shooting rail is that it will make it hard to go over my head when I get into my stand and want to pull it down over me.
I am only 5 ft 9" and I have to crunch down to get under the bar.
I think the instructions were made by a foreigner because some of the words dont make sense.
I was also displeased with the welding spatter left on sections of the metal that was just painted over and not even scraped off.
The tree strap buckle is probable the cheapest kind of buckle that you can get. If you buy one of these stands, i would consider purchasing some type of ratchet strap as the manufacturers system is cheap and not dependable.
normally i wouldnt go on a site to bash a product, however i went to their website and they have no "contact us" section that is easily found. when I called customer service i was treated somewhat rudely. I explained my concerns and disappointment and the lady just said "well im sorry for that, is there anything else you'd like to tell me?" I was asking for some type of paint to finish painting the stand and possible some black cables, not the white ones that they sent.
That got me nowhere.
the stand may work fine, and for the price i guess what should i have expected.
Anybody else come across all of these problems with their stands from this company????