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Designed for use with the FreeStyle™, Refuge™, or Trophy Box™ Blinds, allowing you to use them from an elevated position. Steel construction with a 48" square platform and a 20" x 20" flip-up trap door opening. Height to platform: 7'. Weight: 115 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 500 lbs.
Manufacturer model #: CR9400.
Platform: 48" x 48"
Entrance: 20" x 20"
Climbing Steps: 9" Wide
Weight rating: 500 lbs.
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My comments will only be about the tower, not about any blind that sits on top. I only bought the tower and the 3 foot extension, with the intent of putting a Primos ground blind on top that I already had.
The Booster and the 3 foot extension take about 6 hours to assemble if only one person is doing the entire job. They provide an over abundance of bolts and nuts, in case you lose any in the dirt. The instructions for the extension kit assume that you have already fully assembled the tower, so you have to do a lot of interpolation if you are assembling the two kits at the same time. It's not difficult, just time consuming, because all the nuts are nylon locknuts, which is brilliant for longevity and reliability, but takes a bit longer to assemble, because you cannot use your fingers to snug the nuts.
The only problem I had in assembly was that the holes for the 4 primary bottom legs were in the wrong place. I had to drive to Lowes and get a round file and enlarge the holes, which took about 10 minutes per hole. Really inexcusable lack of precision on the part of whoever did the drilling.
The only problem I have, once assembled and erected (which one person can do easily), is that the ladder comes in 3 pieces if you have the 3 foot extender, and when I at 290 pounds climbed up it, it bent quite considerably at each joint. It felt very unsafe. I am going to reinforce the entire ladder with some long pieces of angle iron.
Once on top of the tower, the 4'x4' platform seems tiny, and you are going to want to have something with sturdy walls surrounding you. I used to climb mountains in my younger days, and this even scares me!
I sprayed every joint, every nut, every bolt with silicone spray, because I may have to take the tower down next year, and I know what rust and corrosion will do to make that task impossible if you don't think about it up front.
All in all, for the price of a tripod chair stand you get a much sturdier tower with more space on top, in exchange for a longer construction time and more permanent unit.
November 2, 2011
Sturdy, nice product. Ladder is a bit narrow, recommend also purchasing the step out kit.
September 6, 2010
The platform on top of the tower is 4 feet by 4 feet. There is a 20x20 trap door in the middle of that space. To find out how tiny that is for 2 people, get yourself a piece of 4x4 plywood, draw a 20x20 square in the middle, and try standing in the outer space while another person stands inside the square in the center. And you're doing all that 10 feet up in the air. It's spooky, but it can be done. Be careful!
The platform is 4ft x 4ft, so any blind that has legs that width or narrower will sit on top of the platform. Anything wider and you'll have to somehow extend the platform at the corners. I intend to do that with some wooden stakes. Realize that a cloth blind will not prevent you from falling off if you lean against the walls unless you really tie the legs down firmly, and preferably also tie the sides down. The tower comes with 4 rods that stick out from the sides that are designed to tie off a blind at the sides, and has metal tabs on the platform at the sides, but nothing specifically for attaching the 4 corners.
I have both blinds. The platform is 4 foot by 4 foot. So i think it depends on which ameristep blind you have. One is smaller, i believe that will will work. however there is no solid floor on the platform, plan on making your own, from plywood or do like i did a buy a horse mat from TSC and cut it to size.
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