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Summit Crush Series Dual Pro

2-Person Tree Stand Review

February 7, 2016
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

The Fall 2015 issue of Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine featured an article covering four 2-person tree stands. For the review, 9 companies were initially contacted. Through a process of elimination, the choice was narrowed down to four Summit, Rivers Edge, Muddy and Millennium.

Initial customer service was a key factor in making the selection. Getting answers to simple questions and the responsiveness of the manufacturers right from the beginning was necessary, and these four companies excelled above the others. They are well known in the industry, have a solid reputation and are readily available through a variety of retailers. Each tree stand was carefully scrutinized for a variety of specifications and features. Some information was readily available and some was not. Information was compiled from the owner's manuals, web sites, emails and phone calls to the manufacturer. Making a smart buying decision starts with having the facts.

Even though these tree stands come from different manufacturers in different states, they have a lot in common.

Article Video

* a DVD included on tree stand safety

* manuals have comprehensive 'Warning' information about tree stand assembly, set up, use and safety

* only (2) 7/16" wrenches are needed for complete assembly

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Summit Crush Series Dual Pro

* assembly time was 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hour (one person)

* all meet or exceed industry standards recognized by the Tree Stand Manufacturers Association

* all shooting rails have protective wrap-around sleeves in camo finish

* all nuts were self-locking (neoprene inserts)

* all come with two (2) safety harnesses

* all are imported

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Summit Crush Series Dual Pro Ladder Stand

For many hunters, fulfilling your wants and needs can be a challenge especially if you're on a tight budget. For those individuals, the Summit Crush Series Dual Pro Ladder Stand can be the solution for 2-man tree stands. Of the tree stands in this review, it has the lowest MSRP of the four at $229.99. Summit did not accomplish this by cutting back on features that are important or could affect safety.

Assembly of the Crush Series Dual Pro Ladder Stand platform was done in my garage just like the other tree stands. Of the four, it took the least amount of time primarily because of the simplicity. For example, there are only three bolt lengths so there is less confusion and less of a chance of using the wrong bolt length.

One of the nicest features is the 32" depth of the platform. With the seat folded up, there is ample room to move around and this makes it easy to get on or off of the platform. The depth of the platform makes this tree stand very suitable for archery hunters. Flipping the gun rest up and out of the way or removing it completely gives an archery hunter the openness needed for a larger range of motion. Speaking of the gun rest, this is the only one that was adjustable for length using predrilled holes in the tubing and spring clips

The Dual Pro Ladder Stand uses cam buckle straps to stabilize the ladder and platform. I find that climbing any tree stand for the first time to attach the platform ratchet strap(s) can be an exhilarating experience. Ascending the Dual Pro ladder for the first time to secure the platform was a lot easier on the nerves. This method for stabilizing the platform and ladder is so effective that I plan to use the same concept with my 1-man tree stands replacing the stabilizing strings with cam buckle stabilizing straps.

Keeping in mind that this ladder stand is designed to be safe, functional and affordable, I can understand the lack of some of the cosmetic or premium enhancements found in other tree stands. However, a little extra support for the backrest could be easily accomplished at a minimal cost.

The Summit Crush Series Dual Pro Ladder Stand may not have the amenities of other tree stands, but it does meet the primary needs for a hunter. The platform feels safe and secure because of the stability. The simplistic design adds to the sense of safety because you almost feel like you're sitting in a protective cage. The tubing used for the steps is the largest of the four tree stands in this review. If you're of larger stature and a one-man tree stand is too confining, this tree stand would be would make an excellent alternative for you.

Summit Crush Series Dual Pro Specifications:
Tree Diameter:8"-20"
Height to Platform:15'
Platform Size:39" x 32"
Platform Weight:51 lbs.
Platform Attachment:2 ratchet straps
Seat Height:18"
Seat Dimensions:37" x 15 1/2"
Seat Frame Width:37"
Footrest:No
Shooting Rail Height:Fixed
Ladder Sleeves:Outside
Ladder Joints:Nut/Bolt
Ladder Uprights:1 1/8"
Step Dimensions:1" x 1 1/8"
Step Distance:14"
Steps (inside width):15"
Construction:Steel
Tubing Gauge:16 and 18 ga.
Grade 5 Bolts:Yes
Finish:Gray Powder Coat
Piece Count*:23
Total Weight:87 lbs.
Wrenches Included:No
Seat Replacement Cost:$40
Full Body Harness (FAS):1
MSRP:$229.99
Warranty:1 Year
* excluding hardware/straps/strings/etc

*** Summary

One of my greatest concerns about 2-person tree stands is stability. Each tree stand was set up against the same tree measuring about 20" in diameter at the platform. With the help of an assistant, we took turns climbing up and down the ladder, and moving around on the platform. With our combined weight in the 360 pound range, we were both impressed with the stability of all four of the 2-person tree stands.

There are safety issues. (1) Putting up a 2-person tree stand is a 3 person job. When you have a platform assembly that weights around 50 pounds at the end of a 14 to 16 foot ladder, it's easy to loose control. (2) A 2-person tree stand may be rated with a 500 pound capacity. However, there can be an individual weight limitation based on a tree stand design or a limitation of the safety harness. Read the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer if in doubt. (3) Do not over tighten any nuts/bolt. This may weaken the strength and integrity of the construction. It can also make disassembly more difficult.

You may be considering the purchase of a 2-person tree stand for the first time, getting a replacement for an existing one, or maybe just upgrading from a 1-person tree stand. It's always best to shop around after you have determined what you need. In this 4-part series, details for each tree stand were covered that can help you determine which one best fits your needs. If you're still unsure, check out their website or contact them by phone; I found the staff at each of these companies very helpful and informative.

Summit - (800) 353-0634 - summitstands.com

 
 

 

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