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Operator's Manual

CLASSIC

Ladder Stand

MODEL RE646

Maximum Height

15' 3" to seat

Maximum Field Rating

300 lbs

Tree Diameter Range

12" to 20"

Wear Your Harness!

PRODUCT MEETS

INDUSTRY STANDARDS

RECOGNIZED BY

PARTICIPATING MEMBER

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© 2022 RETI

All Rights Reserved

P/N: 23744

C/N: 32496

REV5: 01/31/22

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INTRODUCTION

Rivers Edge® Treestands are engineered with you the hunter in mind. We appreciate your purchase of one of our world class treestands. Follow these few simple instructions and your stand will provide you many years of trouble-free pleasure. Instructions should be kept in a safe place and reviewed at least annually.

If for any reason you have a problem with your product, DO NOT return to the retailer, contact the Rivers Edge® customer service department at 800-345-6007 for assistance.

CONTENTS

Introduction/Warranty ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................2

Warnings .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................2-3

Inspection and Maintenance ......................................................................................................................................................................................................3

Hardware Identification Chart ....................................................................................................................................................................................................5

Tools Needed ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5

Assembly Instructions ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................6-8

Warnings .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................9

Finished Ladder ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 10

Setup and Use Instructions .................................................................................................................................................................................................11-12

Illustrated Parts Breakdown................................................................................................................................................................................................14-15

WARRANTY

RETI offers a one-year warranty for all components of the treestand. These warranties apply to the original owner with a proof of purchase.

These warranties begin on the date of purchase by the first retail consumer and continue for the period specified above. These warranties apply to products that are not modified, abused or used in a manner that deviates from the product’s intended usage. Minor fading in color is normal and is not covered by warranty. Any corrosion of painted surfaces that occurs as a result of paint being removed or damaged is also not covered by warranty. RETI offers no other warranty expressed or implied. Products for which warranty work has been approved must be sent directly to RETI and performed by RETI. To obtain warranty service and/or replacement instructions, you must obtain prior approval from RETI before shipping your package to us by calling our customer service department at 800-345-6007 or by writing to: RETI, P.O.

Box 755, 1730 Industrial Avenue, Cumberland, WI 54829 for a return material authorization number (RMA#). All items must be shipped prepaid. RETI will, at no charge, repair or replace, in RETI’s sole discretion, any product that satisfies the conditions stated above. RETI retains the right to change models, specifications and price without notice.

This equipment has been manufactured under strict quality and safety guidelines. As with any equipment of this type, full understanding of the instructions and its use is mandatory and imperative for the safety of its user. RETI is not responsible for any damages or injuries sustained due to improper use or modification of any of its products, or resulting from any use which deviates from the product’s intended usage. RETI is not responsible for any injuries sustained due to failure to read and adhere to the instructions for use. Any misunderstanding or questions regarding the products of their use should be directed to RETI prior to any use. All RETI treestands are sold with a full body harness (“Fall

Arrest System”) that meets standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (“TMA”). It is the owner's sole responsibility to inspect the product regularly for damage, improper installation, or conditions that could jeopardize the ultimate safety of the product. Failure to use or improper use of the provided Fall Arrest System may result in serious injury or death. ALWAYS wear the provided Fall Arrest System while using this product. Owner is responsible to understand and follow product field weight rating and must never exceed maximum

weight rating. RETI is not responsible for any malfunction or injury resulting from normal wear and tear, damage caused by improper use, improper maintenance, negligence or accidents. This product, if used safely as intended, will provide trouble free service for the useful life of the product. We hope you will enjoy the quality of our products for years to come, and have a safe hunt.

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STOP

READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING WARNINGS BEFORE ASSEMBLY

MODEL RE646

MAXIMUM USE HEIGHT - 15' 3" TO SEAT

MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY - ONE (1) PERSON

TOTAL WEIGHT LIMIT - 300 LB

TREE DIAMETER RANGE - 12” TO 20”

WARNING

This product carries strict height and weight restrictions.

Do Not use this product if you exceed the total weight limit. Please note that the total weight limit includes the user(s) and their equipment.

WARNING

When hunting from a treestand falls can occur any

time after leaving the ground causing injury or death.

Always wear a Fall Arrest System (FAS) comprising of a full

body harness at all times after leaving the ground. You

must stay connected at all times after leaving the ground

while using climbing and hang-on treestands. Single

safety belts and chest harnesses are no longer allowed

and shall never be used. If you are not wearing a full body

harness properly attached to the tree that is protecting

you from a fall, do not leave the ground.

Read and understand all of the manufacturer’s Warnings

and Instructions and use all safety devices provided by

the manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer for any

questions. Failure to do so could result in injury or death.

Never exceed the total weight limit of the treestand.

Never use a treestand during inclement weather such as

rain, lightning, windstorms or icy conditions and end

your hunt and return to the ground if inclement condi-

tions arise.

Never use a treestand while using drugs (even prescrip-

tion drugs) or alcohol.

Never use a treestand while feeling ill, nauseous or dizzy,

or if you have a prior medical condition that could cause

a problem, that is, heart condition, joints that lock-up,

spinal fusions, etc., or if you are not well rested. Never

sleep in stand.

Never use a treestand on a dead, leaning, diseased or

loose barked tree, or a utility pole. Always avoid electrical

power lines.

Never rely on a tree branch for support.

Never jump or bounce on a treestand to seat it to the tree.

WARNING

Pull up a bow, backpack, or firearm or other equipment

only after being secure in the treestand and a firearm

must be pulled up with it unloaded, chamber open, and

muzzle down.

Always inform someone of the hunting location, where

the treestand will be located and the expected duration

of the hunt.

A signal device such as a mobile phone, radio, whistle,

signal flare or personal locator device (PLD) must be on

your person and readily available at all times.

Inspect the treestand and all safety devices each time

before use and Do Not store a treestand outdoors when

not in use.

Never modify your treestand in any way by making

repairs, replacing parts, or altering it except if explicitly

authorized in writing by the manufacturer.

Practice installing, adjusting and using your treestand

at ground level prior to using it at elevated positions.

Study your new stand to become familiar with all of its

features and design. Doing so will confirm that the prod-

uct is manufactured, assembled and installed correctly.

Instructions (written and video) shall be kept in a safe

place and reviewed at least annually. It is the responsibil-

ity of the treestand owner to furnish the complete

instructions to any person who borrows or purchases

the treestand.

Use at least three (3) people to install or take down a

ladder treestand.

The criss-cross straps/ropes and stabilization devices must

be attached before climbing to the platform.

When installing a ladder stand, always bounce on the

first rung to set the ladder into the ground according to

manufacturer’s instructions before proceeding to climb

any higher.

Check every ladder section connection every time you use

the stand before you leave the ground. If ladder sections

are separating, do not use the stand.

Check the ground under the stand to make sure it is firm

and level. Sloping ground or uneven surface (one side

on a rock) can cause your ladder to tilt or shift off the tree

as you climb.

Always maintain three (3) points of contact when climbing

a ladder treestand. Proper three-point contact means

having either two feet with one hand or one foot with

two hands on the step portion of the ladder or climbing

aid at all times.

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WARNING

Always lean forward as you climb and attach your harness

to the tree before securing the platform to the tree and

stepping onto the platform.

Never exceed the stated maximum use height.

Do Not use this product until you have watched the online

safety video, understand it, and practiced the techniques

for safe hunting discussed in this video. Video can be found

with the QR code and/or URL shown on front cover of this

manual.

Read and perform all inspection and maintenance tasks

before each and every use. Replace any questionable

components immediately with RETI original replacement

parts.

Do Not crush tubing when tightening bolt assemblies!

Identify and familiarize yourself with all parts before you

start. Bolt identification chart can be found on the follow-

ing page of the manual.

Double check assembly steps to be certain you have

correctly assembled this product.

Never use any product that has not been maintained or

inspected properly - Your life depends on it!

Replace any and all treestand straps every two years or

when any signs of damage or wear exist before.

Always wear the appropriate footwear when using a

ladder treestand. A good non-slip safety boot is import-

ant to your personal safety. Be especially careful that

boot laces do not get hooked on the stand or any of its

components (tuck shoelaces into boots before climbing).

WARNING

Only use approved RETI parts. Failure to do so may result

in serious injury or death!

INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE

BEFORE EACH USE PERFORM THE FOLLOWING:

• Inspect all webbing, rope, cord, and strap assemblies for wear or damage.

• Inspect cables and/or cable ends for damage or kinking.

• Inspect all hardware and chain components for damage or wear.

• Inspect for any structural damage to product. (If any exists stop use immediately and call RETI Customer Service.)

• Inspect all nut and bolt assemblies to be certain none are loose.

• Inspect for any missing parts.

• Lubricate all pivot and slide together points with powder graphite, petroleum jelly or silicone spray to prevent noise, wear and rust.

• Inspect entire product for any rust, corrosion, cracks, freezing, excessive heat or rotting damage that may effect the safety of your product. Discard any questionable product.

• Inspect entire product for any structural damage - pay close attention to all weld locations. (Discard product if any damage is found.)

• Using correct wrenches inspect all nut & bolt assembly locations and snug up any that may be loose. Be careful not to crush tubing when tightening!

• Inspect and check operation of all cables, cable ends, cord, rope, webbing, and strap or chain assemblies. Replace with RETI original replacement parts any item or assembly that shows signs of wear, damage, kinking, or functions incorrectly.

• Inspect seat for damage or wear. Replace any seat with factory new that shows signs of structural damage or wear.

• Never modify your stand in any way by making repairs, replacing parts, or altering by adding or attaching anything to it except if explicitly authorized in writing by the manufacturer.

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HARDWARE IDENTIFICATION CHART

Bolts shown are for size reference.

Extra hardware may be included in the parts bag.

10 5/16-18 X 1-3/4" Bolt - Qty 4

11 5/16-18 X 2-1/4” Bolt - Qty 8

TOOLS NEEDED

2 - 1/2" Wrenches

13

5/16" Nut

Qty 12

12

Lockpin

Qty 8

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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

IMPORTANT ASSEMBLY TIP:

Do not tighten any nut and bolt combinations completely until all parts are assembled together! Finger tighten plus one turn of a wrench only! This will temporarily hold the lock nut on the bolt while helping alignment of all parts! After all parts are assembled together, all nut & bolt combinations must be completely tightened.

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All assembly must be done in this order at ground level before uprighting.

Do not remove labels/warnings from product, they are there for your safety.

Recommended for adult use only.

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1. Attach the two seat side rails (4) to the seat platform (5) using four 5/16-18 X 2-1/4" bolts (11) and four 5/16" nuts

(13). SEE FIGURE 1.

2. Slide the flared platform rails (2) into the already assembled seat side rails (4). Insert two 5/16-18 X 1-3/4" bolts (10).

Do not secure with nuts until a later step. SEE FIGURE 2.

3. Attach the two support bars (3) to the rounded end of the foot platform (6) using two 5/16-18 X 1-3/4" bolts (10) and two 5/16" nuts (13). SEE FIGURE 2.

4. Attach the free ends of the two support bars (3) onto the

5/16-18 X 1-3/4" bolts (10) that connect flared platform rails

(2) and seat side rails (4) and secure together with two 5/16" nuts (13). SEE FIGURE 2.

5. Attach the square ends of the foot platform (6) to the flared platform rails (2) using two 5/16-18 X 2-1/4" bolts (11) and two 5/16" nuts (13). SEE FIGURE 2.

6. Attach the top ladder rung (7) to the front side of flared rails (2) using two 5/16-18 X 2-1/4" bolts (11) and two 5/16" nuts (13). SEE FIGURE 2.

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7. Slide together the two ladder sections (1), single ladder section (14) and the assembled top platform section on the ground and secure all sections together using six spring lock pins (12). SEE FIGURE 3.

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8. Slide the stabilizer bar (8) into the stabilizer support bar (9) and secure using a lockpin (12). Make sure the lockpin passes through the support bar (9) and the stabilizer bar (8) at the appropriate hole to achieve the desired distance from the tree. Adjustment in length may be needed when ladder is uprighted later in the Setup and Use Instructions. Connect the stabilizer bar assembly through

the middle ladder section with stabilizer slot (14). These components will be connected using a lockpin (12). SEE FIGURE 4.

NOTE: Treestand should ALWAYS be fully assembled

on the ground prior to mounting it in the tree.

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9. Preassemble 16’ stabilizer straps (19) and 6’ ratchet strap (18) as follows: a. Attach the two long ends of the 16’ stabilizer (criss-cross) straps (19) to each side of the rear frame tube on each side of the seat platform tree blade. These long stabilizer straps should be attached by pulling the free end of the strap through the loop end of the strap to create a cinch knot around the frame tube. SEE FIGURES 5A AND 5B. b. To aid in the ease of installation, pre-attach each end of the 6’ ratchet strap (18) to each side of the rear frame tube, just inside of the 16’ stabilizer straps (19) on both sides of the seat platform tree blade. Use the same method as above. This way each end of the main ratchet strap is pre-attached before the stand is lifted from the ground. SEE FIGURE 5B SHOWING ALL FOUR ENDS

ATTACHED.

10. Secure the seat cushion (15) to the seat platform (5) by wrapping straps around metal frame and securely fastening all plastic buckles together. Pull straps tight so seat is not loose.

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READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING WARNINGS BEFORE SETUP AND USE

WARNING

Double check assembly steps to be certain you have

correctly assembled this product.

Study your new stand to become familiar with all of its

features and design. At ground level, following provided

use instructions, practice attaching stand to tree and re-

moving stand from tree. Practice sitting, standing, and

using this product before attaching overhead. Save

these instructions for future reference. You must always

use the provided Fall Arrest System (FAS) while using

this product.

Always use at least three (3) people to install or take

down a ladder treestand. Always have two people stabi-

lize the ladder before climbing to the platform the first

time after every set-up.

Be absolutely sure the tree blade(s) on stand and the

stabilizer bar are contacting tree before climbing ladder.

Stabilizer bar must always be correctly and securely

attached to ladder and tree before climbing ladder.

Make sure ladder bottom is firmly seated on dry, level

ground. Attach your harness tether to the tree before

securing the platform to the tree and stepping onto

platform. Refer to the Full Body Harness instructions.

Never ascend or descend ladder without criss-cross

straps/ropes securely holding ladder to tree and sta-

bilizer bar securely attached. Failure to correctly perform

these steps can cause the ladder to collapse/buckle-over

backwards during the initial ascent to attach ratchet

strap resulting in serious injury or death.

Always lean forward as you climb and attach your har-

ness to the tree before securing the platform to the tree

and stepping onto the platform.

WARNING

Always maintain three (3) points of contact when climb-

ing a ladder treestand. Proper three-point contact means

having either two feet with one hand or one foot with

two hands on the step portion of the ladder or climbing

aid at all times.

Always wear the appropriate footwear when using a

ladder treestand. A good non-slip safety boot is import-

ant to your personal safety. Be especially careful that

boot laces do not get hooked on the stand or any of its

components (tuck shoelaces into boots before climbing).

Never stand on seat, it is designed for sitting only.

Do Not allow excessive strap buildup in ratchet as this

will prevent the ratchet teeth from engaging causing

slippage.

Always attach ratchet straps securely while using

this product!

If seat is removable, be certain it is securely attached

when in use.

Some models include a shooting rail. Never lean against,

lean over, or sit on shooting rail. It is designed as a shoot-

ing rest only. Always be aware that the shooting rail can

swing to one side or pivot up and down.

Some models include a footrest, which is designed as a

footrest only. Never stand on footrest! Always be fully

aware of foot placement.

Some models include a multi-piece stabilizer bar system.

Be sure attachment hardware goes through both the

extension tube and the stabilizer bar.

WARNING

Never use a treestand on a dead, leaning, diseased or loose barked tree, or a utility pole. Always avoid electrical power lines.

Bring ratchet strap(s) up with you in a pocket - Do Not carry in your hands!

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PADDED SEAT

LOCKPIN LADDER

ATTACHMENT

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RATCHET STRAP

CRISS-CROSS

STRAPS

STABILIZER BAR

CAM STRAP

STABILIZER BAR

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SETUP AND USE INSTRUCTIONS

During installation and removal of ladder treestands, you must always and properly use the included Full Body Harness

(Fall Arrest System). Refer to the Full Body Harness instructions included with this product for proper use.

1. Select a straight, healthy tree. Do Not attempt to install on a tree that is not healthy.

2. With assembled product lying on the ground, position one

person at bottom end of ladder lying on the ground. This person has to prevent the ladder end from tilting up when platform end is lifted and prevent the ladder from skidding across ground.

3. a. Position two people at the platform end of the ladder, lift the platform end and continue uprighting by walking toward bottom end of ladder and moving hands along ladder legs. Stand ladder up against chosen straight tree

on dry, level ground. Use caution when ladder comes over center against the tree. SEE FIGURE 7A.

b. Step back and look at the ladder top to see that it is level.

Adjust as needed to achieve a level platform top. Make sure tree blade is contacting tree. SEE FIGURE 7B.

c. Step down hard on bottom step to push ladder legs into the ground. SEE FIGURE 7C.

4. While two people hold the stand in place, the third person should connect the horizontal stabilizer bar to the tree.

Adjust the length of the stabilizer bar as need so it contacts the tree and is level to the ground. Then secure it to the tree with the 6' cam strap (17) by forming a cinch knot with both ends of the strap and running the long end of the strap through the cam buckle. SEE FIGURES 8 AND 9.

FIGURE 7

FIGURE 8

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C

B

FIGURE 9

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5. a. Loop the d-loop end of the two 16' criss cross straps

(19) through the loop end to form a cinch knot around the ladder rail tube. Secure beneath a step rung, at the stabilizer bar height location. SEE FIGURE 10A. b. With the stand level and being held in place by two people, the third person must cross one of the 16' criss cross straps (19) behind the tree and feed the free end through the opposite d-loop. SEE FIGURE 10B-E. c. Criss cross the other 16' stabilizer strap (19), forming an

"X" pattern on the backside of the tree and feed the free end through the opposite d-loop. SEE FIGURE 10B-E.

6. Make sure the criss cross straps and stabilizer bar strap are snug and the tree blade is still contacting the tree.

NOTE: This ground level ladder-to-tree attachment will prevent the ladder from pulling away from the tree while ascending to the top for final 6' ratchet strap (18) attachment. The same holds tree when the ladder is removed.

7. With two people securely holding the ladder, the third person must now use the three point contact climbing method to slowly climb the ladder. Make sure to keep a constant hand grip on the ladder at all times. Always lean forward, toward the tree, to keep the platform tree blade against the tree.

NOTE: Make sure the ladder bottom is firmly seated on dry, level ground. Attach your harness tether to the tree before securing the platform to the tree and stepping onto platform. Refer to the Full Body Harness instructions included with this product.

8. Standing on ladder step, lean toward tree with previously installed 6' ratchet strap (18) now in hand. a. Wrap the previously installed end of the long strap around the tree and feed through the slot in the ratchet mechanism. SEE FIGURE 11A.

NOTE: Be sure to feed the long strap correctly so there are no twists in the strap. b. Pull tail of long strap until most of the slack is taken out. Be sure entire strap is even and at the same level all around tree. SEE FIGURE 11B. c. Use the ratchet to tighten the strap to tree. The tightened strap will stabilize the stand to tree and prevent movement. SEE FIGURE 11C.

NOTE: Make sure there is at least two full revolutions of strap on the ratchet spool before the strap tightens.

Proper tension will ensure the stand is secured to the tree.

Do not allow excessive strap to build up in the ratchet as this will prevent the ratchet teeth from engaging and can cause slippage.

To release ratchet, simply pull the release lever and open tightening lever wide open (flat). SEE FIGURE 11D.

9. If necessary, re-check and adjust the 6' ratchet strap (18), 16' criss cross straps (19) and horizontal stabilizer bar assembly to securely attach the treestand to the tree. The tree blade must be touching the tree.

10. You are now ready to use your ladder stand!

FIGURE 10

FIGURE 11A

FIGURE 11C

B

A

IMPORTANT

FIGURE 11B

FIGURE 11D

C

D

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Reverse the Set-Up and Use Instructions to take the ladder stand down.

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PARTS LIST

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ITEM #

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PART #

23704

23702

23701

23748

23696

23697

23703

23698

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8655B

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DESCRIPTION

LADDER SECTION

FLARED PLATFORM RAIL

SUPPORT BAR

SEAT SIDE RAIL

SEAT PLATFORM

FOOT PLATFORM

TOP LADDER RUNG

STABILIZER BAR "A"

STABILIZER BAR

EXTENSION "B"

5/16-18 X 1-3/4 IN BOLT

5/16-18 X 2-1/4 IN BOLT

6MM X 50.8MM ROUND

LOCKPIN

60G5NYB 5/16 IN NUT

32492 LADDER SECTION

23750 SEAT CUSHION

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QTY.

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ITEMS BELOW ARE NOT SHOWN

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17

18

19

40697 FALL ARREST SYSTEM

(FAS)

MK021-1401 6' CAM BUCKLE STRAP

MK011-1601 6' RATCHET STRAP

MK034-4511 16' STABILIZER STRAP

NO EXTENSIONS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MODEL.

NEVER MODIFY OR EXCEED ORIGINAL STATED USE HEIGHT!

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WE ARE HUNTERS

Rivers Edge® Treestands, Inc.

1730 Industrial Avenue, PO Box 755

Cumberland, WI 54829

Phone: 800-345-6007

Fax: 715-822-2124 www.HuntRiversEdge.com

*All weights, specifications and features are approximate and are subject to change without notice. Due to continuous product improvements, product images may not be exact. Warning labels in some product images may have been removed for photography purposes only. Props shown in photos not included. Some assembly may be required.

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