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I'm wondering what you guys that use Amsteel for tree steps instead of straps use as for as diameter and are there different types?
$24 for an 8' rope mod? Ouch.
You can get over 100' of 1/8" for that much. It's super easy to splice a loop on the ends.
I bought mine back in 2020 they were less then half that then.
As an aside....EWO are great people to deal with and you can buy amsteel by the foot from them as well.
I use 1/4”…and thats bad enough releasing some knots.
I have some of the skinny stuff, and its plenty strong enough…
…but in testing it was difficult to untie half hitches with the skinny stuff. Forget it with gloves on.
What knots are you guys using with the skinny stuff?
Amsteel rope isn't good for knots because it's a hollow braid. Knots tend to pinch down on themselves and will reduce the strength by up to 80%, depending on the knot. It should always be spiced when possible. I learned this the hard way when using my Jeep winch with a section of Amsteel blue rope.
“ What knots are you guys using with the skinny stuff?”
No knots. I 3D printed rope cleats similar to the one Tethrd uses on their sticks. I use 1/4” amsteel on one of my platforms but use a Harken cam cleat on that.
I've been using amsteel daisy chains and using a truckers hitch to snug up a little more. Worked great this year for me.
I tie a half hitch after I go under the button and behind the looped end of the rope. The more weight you put on it the more the two pieces of rope are pinched together on the button.
The picture is from Eastern Woods outdoors. The difference I do is they went around the tree from your right hand to your left. I go left to right.