That sucks Duane. I hate thieves.
I've started replacing a few this year that sound like Gators. I think they've been out there about 8 or 10 years. (I still have a bunch with chains, LOL) Last couple of seasons I've been tenative when stepping out on them. I had some Cabelas points so I grabbed a few new Gorrilas to replace them. I hate spending much on them but at least a few of them are on a friends property so hopefully they will stick around. Before he bought the property I would just buy what was on sale at wallyworld because I have had a few walk off. I would not expect long life from cheap stands, those cables don't give you any warning. Replace the cables, or add homemade cables to the existing ones, or just replace the stand. Not worth a fall. Interesting when you've had stands a long time how they change. I have a few older gorrilla's that are chain on's. I would prefer they still had that. I wish the cables were chains too. I feel a couple rebuilds coming...
I voted replace every 5, if there out there year round. Bring them home and go through them.
Last edited by red44; 10-09-2012 at 10:19 PM.