Anyone have a Van Dyke model A mounting stand? If so, what is your opinon of it? Quality, strength, etc...?
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it will last a while, but the tightening bolts will soon strip out due to ware. You really have to crank them down tight to make them hold. The bolts seem to soft and light duty for me. I have already cut the nuts off and went to the next larger size bolt, and now those are shot. I am looking at a different stand now. This stand would last a long time if you only mounted small game on it. I have had mine three years.
And Steve built it just for what Mr. T. stated. It was made of aluminum and used at shows for displaying Epo-Grip deer mounts. It was light weight, collapsable, and easy to use but was never intended for heavy duty work. Bob Phillips "borrowed" the idea and constructed the stand from steel to make it a litte more durable.
If you are a part timer, the stand will work but could probably use a little modifying so you didn't strip the threads. If you're full time, it's almost better to build your own or have a welding shop build you one out of good pipe and good steel so you an handle elk and bison with the same ease as you can whitetails.
I've had mine for 5 years and mainly do deer shoulder mounts and bear,some elk and have never had a problem yet.