questionscan you recommend a christmas tree stand that…

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This one:

http://www.amazon.com/Swivel-Straight-1-Minute-Christmas-Stand/dp/B0046CJFJA

I've had one for several years now and can vouch for the fact that it not only doesn't suck, but it may well be the best Christmas tree stand in existence in the known universe.

[EDIT] I just noticed that there are subtle differences between this one and the one I own - mine has lever style tree clamps rather than straight in screws to hold the tree. Stand by while I try and locate the exact duplicate...

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@durkzilla: I have this stand and it works great. Make sure you take the tube thingy with you to the tree lot.. They can trim the stump of the tree to fit.

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In the old days, we used a galvanized bucket full of gravel. And we walked 10 miles to school in the snow up hill both ways, and hey, you kids get off my lawn!

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got one like this a few years back at the after Christmas clearance sale. Pretty Bulky and your tree skirt won't fit "just right" but if you have a house with animals (we have a tree curious cat and a big goofy lab), it is perfect! Once the tree is in the stand, it isn't going anywhere. About $35 not on sale but I don't anticipate having to every buy another one. And it has a huge water reservoir.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-Express-Tree-Stand-for-Trees-Up-to-12-ft-Tall-C-144E/202739136#

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My Dad made one years ago out of plywood and 3 inch pipe, was one of the best tree stands I ever saw.
Now he just uses one he bought a couple of years ago he got at tree trimming store.

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@ohreeds: I second that stand, I picked one up about 5 years ago at my local Ace hardware for under $20. I've never had any issues with it despite the nearly all plastic construction of the body of the stand (I was skeptical). The stainless screws have no rust and turn easily after 5 years and it holds the tree steady every year after the first try of setting it up.

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Been using this one for several years and I am pretty happy with it.

http://www.homedepot.ca/product/classic-metal-tree-stand/986196

It's very sturdy and has a very large base ring compared to many stands so it's very stable. There is a spike that comes up from the bottom of the "bucket" which I drill a hole for. Once you tighten those bolts (which does require getting on the floor a bit) it is super secure. The bucket is pretty wide, too, which is good if you like noble firs or one of the other tree types which often have really thick trunks.

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Can you recommend one that does suck?

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@durkzilla: Agreed. I bought one from hammacher schelemmar maybe 15 or so years ago. They don't sell them anymore but it's the best stand I've ever seen. This one is close. Just minutes to mount a tree and you can straighten it once it's mounted if it's crooked. Truly amazing.

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Our local Christmas tree purveyors have a spike stand + will punch the right size hole in the trunk for you at the lot. Haven't had tree problems since we invested in one. In my youth, my parents used to send my siblings and me out on Christmas Eve to collect chunks of gravel + cement to fill a bucket to hold the tree. Spike stand much better. http://www.strathmeyerchristmastrees.com/send_a_tree.asp

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I think my parents used one like you described but with a modification. My dad took a leftover chunk of counter top rounded the corners and bolted the tree stand to it. I can't think of that thing ever tipping.

It was probably one of these two or a very similar one, they used it till they got a rotating pre lit tree
http://www.etsy.com/listing/88284559/vintage-red-green-metal-christmas-tree
http://www.etsy.com/listing/168700437/vintage-red-and-green-christmas-tree?ref=market

But the trick was the additional base. with that our tree survived years of cats, dogs, and kids

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The name truely implies the exact nature of the product.
Bowling's last stand. Check it out on reviews, it is heavy duty and will not fail.
http://www.christmastreestand.com

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@durkzilla: Thanks again for your suggestion. I found a swivel straight at Salvation Army yesterday for $5, with all the parts! I wouldn't have known about its greatness if you hadn't responded to me. Thanks everyone!