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Millennium L200

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 Millennium, Rivers Edge, Summit and Muddy.

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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Millennium L200

* 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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Millennium L200

The Millennium L200 was the last tree stand to arrive for this review and being the last one put it at a definite disadvantage. Learning about 2-man tree stands from the other three and the features they have, I was able to quickly notice construction and feature differences. I may have started out being the most critical of the L200, but by the time it was assembled, set up, taken down, had the ladder disconnected, took measurements and spoke to the staff at Millennium to get answers to technical questions, I definitely suggest that anyone looking to purchase a 2-man tree stand should consider the L200.

For starters, the platform was surprisingly stable even though there is only one ratchet strap for the platform assembly, not two. The additional stability can be attributed to the wider top and bottom ladder sections, and the stabilizer straps. Instead of wrapping around the tree and attaching to the ladder, the stabilizer straps are snugged up using cam buckle tie downs attached to the bark biter on the ladder support. The L200 was amazingly stable for the climb up and even for the maneuvering to hook up the ratchet strap for the platform assembly. The Millennium L200 gets an A+ for stability.

The physical construction of the Millennium L200 is different from the other tree stands in this review. With the exception of the platform support braces, all of the tubing used in the L200 is 1"x1" and all of the tubing is 16-gauge; even the shooting rail is made from 16-gauge 1"x1" tubing. This heavier grade steel adds strength to the tree stand. Plus, almost all of the ends of the tubing used for the platform seating assembly are sealed with plugs to keep out rain and bugs.

The seat material is a high grade, heavy weight material that gives superior resistance to the elements and is very comfortable. There is a brace in the middle underneath the seat from front to back giving additional support for the material. Leaning back in the seat reveals another design feature that may go unnoticed; the backrest is 19" high which will make it comfortable for many shooters.

The only suggestion or recommendation I would make to Millennium about their L200 is not about the tree stand, but the instruction manual. A detailed parts list (especially for the nuts, bolts, washers, etc.) would be very helpful especially when sorting everything out before assembly.

While they may not seem like much, sometimes it's the little differences that are important. For example, the L200 was the only tree stand of the four that came with wrenches for assembly. The bottom ladder section has a brace that can be used to push the legs of the ladder into the ground and it can keep the legs from sinking unevenly. Sometimes a difference can be a major factor in determining which product to purchase. The Millennium L200 comes with a 3-year manufacturers warranty; that is impressive.

Millennium L200 Specifications:
Tree Diameter:12"-22"
Height to Platform:16'
Platform Size:40" x 17 3/4"
Platform Weight:49 lbs.
Platform Attachment:1 ratchet strap
Seat Height:17 1/2"
Seat Dimensions:39 1/2" x 17 1/2"
Seat Frame Width:39 3/4"
Footrest:Yes
Shooting Rail Height:Adjustable
Ladder Sleeves:Outside and Angled
Ladder Joints:Spring Pin
Ladder Uprights:1"
Step Dimensions:1"
Step Distance:12 1/2"
Steps (inside width):13", 20"
Construction:Steel
Tubing Gauge:16 ga.
Grade 5 Bolts:No
Finish:Black Powder Coat
Piece Count*:25
Total Weight:95 lbs.
Wrenches Included:Yes
Seat Replacement Cost:$80
Full Body Harness (FAS):2
MSRP:$279.95
Warranty:3 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.

Millennium - (601) 932-5832 - millenniumstands.com

 
 

 

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