I bought my Equalizer climbing stand about 4 years ago. The main reason for buying the Equalizer was a friend of mine had bought one a year earlier and showed it to me and explained the leveling concept associated with this stand. I’m a pretty big guy who doesn't have the agility and flexibility of Jean-Claude Van Damme, which comes in handy when trying to get into and out of conventional climbing stands that provide steep angles to deal with on certain trees.
Anyone who has hunted from a climbing stand can empathize with what I’m about to say. The challenge of finding the right tree with the right diameter to enable you to get to the right height can be a challenge when you are hunting without a leveling stand.
When hunting with a gun it's not as critical to find the perfect tree based on having the ability to reach out and touch a whitetail deer a couple hundred yards away. When it comes to bow hunting it's a whole different story with associated challenges.
Using other stands without leveling capability can be very challenging. When you put the platform and climbing apparatus on certain trees, you have to start at such an exaggerated angle it's nearly impossible to get into the stand to start to climb. If you minimize the angle at the bottom of the tree to enable you to get into the stand you’re probably not going to be able to get to your desired height without the stand leaning or sagging forward.
The technology the Equalizer provides is the best of both worlds. It has a geared leveling system that enables you to safely and quietly level the stand at any point. You can start at the bottom of the tree with a flat platform, climb to your desired height and re-level your stand by cranking the handles on both the platform and the climbing apparatus while remaining attached to the tree.
The Equalizer has a cabling block that enables you to extend and contract the stand for up to 12 inches. The swiftloc cable is very strong and rated at 10,000 pounds with a nylon coating This stand employs the positive locking system which secures the top and bottom of the stand together while locking both of them to the tree as if they were permanently attached. This stand also has a tandem blade stabilizer system that reaches further around the tree providing additional stability.
The Equalizer is a very strong stand. They demonstrate its strength by having 4 or 5 men stand on it at the same time with no problem. The stand is reasonably light weighing in just less than twenty pounds. It fits around trees with a diameter of up to 20 inches. It's fairly compact and easy to assemble/disassemble.
All cable attachments are fixed to the stand no dropping or losing parts in the woods. The swiftloc technology enables you to quickly and safely lock your treestand around the tree. The seat can be used in three different positions; facing tree, facing away from the tree on a flat bench, and facing away from the tree on an angled bench.
I highly recommend this product. Stop trying to beat the angle game when it comes to climbing stands and invest in one of or the most flexible stands on the market.