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Erecting your blind tower #7582121 08/17/19 10:41 AM
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I have a 5’ tower base. It is pretty lightweight. My blind is a 4’ square one of these: www.blynd.com

How would you get the blind atop the tower & erected safely?


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Assemble on ground? Weight? Front end loader or a buddy if not too heavy.


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Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.


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Assemble blind complete where you want it located. Stake ground contact legs so the blind cannot slide as it is pulled. Use a gin pole as noted in video that lifts blind up off the ground as you pull with vehicle. Make sure you have control as noted by atv so it does not flip forward when it reaches apex
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We have raised using my bucket loader to start lift then used truck to pull up the rest of the way. Again stake legs down and have restraint so it will not fall forward at apex

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Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582192 08/17/19 01:59 PM
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They're only about 100 pounds and given your stand height, should be nothing to it. You'll certainly want to anchor it good.


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Re: Erecting your blind tower [Re: Reloder28] #7582231 08/17/19 02:57 PM
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Yeah with what you are doing, erect the base and then just lift the blind up and put it on. Those are light enough to do that way and with a 5’ tower it should not be a problem.

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Bolt together the stand and set it up. Back a pick up to it with the screwed together Blynd in the bed. Lift the Blynd on top. Done. Two guys can easily move it around if adjustment of Blynd position necessary. We've carried them around with ten foot stands and the Blynd attached.

The Blynd does have a tendency to rattle in the wind, but these things are amazingly sturdy after you put in the thousand screws (seems like it). Do not forego t-post on each leg or install a center mobile home tie down.

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Originally Posted by snake oil
Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.


I would recommend not just t-posting the legs. A little wind at the top of that blind provides a lot of leverage, even on a short tower. I would recommend guy wires out to t-post at the height of the tower away from each corner. Ask me how I know...

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Or best is to cut off a mesquite a foot off the ground, wrap chain around tree and connect to large eye bolt screwed under stand into 2x4 and tighten with come-a-long. No other guys needed.


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Originally Posted by snake oil
Or best is to cut off a mesquite a foot off the ground, wrap chain around tree and connect to large eye bolt screwed under stand into 2x4 and tighten with come-a-long. No other guys needed.


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The one I had I set stand then lifted blind by hand two people can do it easily then bolt to stand. I used a mobile home tie down put dead center of stand and put a eye-bolt in each corner of blind then ran two cables from corners opposite each other with a turn buckle on cable and connected to tie-down tighten turn buckle till it’s rigid. My survived two hurricanes and lots of wind it will not hold up in a fire. Had mine for over 10 yrs.

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Originally Posted by snake oil
Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.

I have done them like this out of the back of pickup, but buy a trailer house tie down and put one in the middle to tie it down. If to rocky set it over a green cedar or mesquite and cut the tops of the tree and tie it to the trunk. Leave some green limbs if you can so the stump lives. The root system will hold the blind upright.


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Originally Posted by ckat
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Put the blind on the back of truck or trailer and install base. Then just push it up. Tie down w/t- posts driven at a 45 degree angle to leg, secure w/wire.


I would recommend not just t-posting the legs. A little wind at the top of that blind provides a lot of leverage, even on a short tower. I would recommend guy wires out to t-post at the height of the tower away from each corner. Ask me how I know...

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Drive the T-post in at same angle as the leg right next to the leg then wire securely. Have several blinds on 10-foot stands that made it through the aftermath of several huricanes in south texas with no issues. One is a 4x8.


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Chat, you are putting in your t-posts wrong. Hurricane Harvey's eye went right over my place. All three of my tower blinds did not fail. When I go out into the pasture, I will get a picture of how to do it.

As a note, with tropical weather or a hurricane, I fill my feeders and use sheet metal screws to secure the tops. No problems with that either.

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Or best is to cut off a mesquite a foot off the ground, wrap chain around tree and connect to large eye bolt screwed under stand into 2x4 and tighten with come-a-long. No other guys needed.


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Done the same with a single tpost driven really deep. Then drill and hole and cable through.

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Old guys "learned" me this a long time ago, now I'm an old guy and haven't lost a blind yet. Drive the T-posts into the ground, parallel to the leg angle. The posts won't be up tight against the legs because you need room for the T-post driver. That's a good thing as you will cinch them up to the tower legs with heavy brace wire which places a lot of pressure on keeping things put.

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This blind has been in place since 2005; it has seen all kinds of weather. It was on my San Antonio River ranch from 1991 until 2005. There during a tropical storm, the River rose to where the water was just below the floor. The River was two miles wide at that point. I'm not sure why a tree or something didn't whack it, but it held against the substantial flow.

I've had three of these blinds in place for the same period of time. No damage from anything.


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As previously stated, Stakes on the legsl and a CENTER GUY WIRE are very effective. Pick up an auger anchor at TS and auger all the way in. Wire cable with a turnbuckle will allow you to tighten up over time.

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I like to cut down a good sized tree and set up over top of the stump to use as my center anchor point...cinch down with an hd turnbuckle and your set...not had one blow over since i started doing this...FYI....a stump with a Y works best...I stil tie some rope to other stumps in several directions but I don't think it's necessary

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Originally Posted by Ranch Dog
Old guys "learned" me this a long time ago, now I'm an old guy and haven't lost a blind yet. Drive the T-posts into the ground, parallel to the leg angle. The posts won't be up tight against the legs because you need room for the T-post driver. That's a good thing as you will cinch them up to the tower legs with heavy brace wire which places a lot of pressure on keeping things put.

This blind has been in place since 2005; it has seen all kinds of weather. It was on my San Antonio River ranch from 1991 until 2005. There during a tropical storm, the River rose to where the water was just below the floor. The River was two miles wide at that point. I'm not sure why a tree or something didn't whack it, but it held against the substantial flow.

I've had three of these blinds in place for the same period of time. No damage from anything.


When I use to hunt out of blinds, years ago, this is what I would do to the stands and feeders. It worked great. Even kept the stupid cows from knocking them over.

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I had a hunter use the mobile home anchor under center. It didn't work during a tropical storm, and not a bad one at that. The ground got saturated, the wind came up. All it needs is a little bit to get it started over and it will buckle the downwind legs to get it started over. The T-post anchored as depicted not only anchors it but reinforces the legs.

To each their own. Three blinds up since 2005 without issue. If you don't count the move when I sold and bought another ranch, up since 1991. I do move the blinds every couple years, pull the posts and reset them at the new location. I use the pallet forks on my tractor's front-end loader, but that would not work with a small tractor. I've had my blinds since 1991, and have laid them down and back up dozens of times by myself using rope and a 2x4x12 or 16. I walk them up a little at a time with the help of my truck. The box is attached to the tower when I do this.

I've also pulled the boxes off about every five or six years to replace the floors and seal the seams of the blind. If I cannot get the loader to where I placed the blind, I lay them over on my own as described. I have no help.


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