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Racers, for those of you who employ a practice tree. Tell us about your equipment and methods.


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Posts: 1816 | Location: Kilgore TX | Registered: March 12, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Portatree with full size tree and LED in Top bulb only. I also use the cable that allows you to hook the transbrake wire to it. With that setup you can utilize bump down buttons and set delay in your box. I have mine setup with a weather pak connector.
 
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Biondo final round,full size, practice in the car.
 
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Biondo final round,full size, practice in the car.


Same here....If you are a beginner, the table top is OK to get started but you can't beat setting in the car using the box and button like you are setting on the line. I use the relay and hook it up to the trans brake wire.
 
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Portatree Eliminator Next Gen tabletop. Set it on top of hood or air cleaner and use TB button on steering wheel to activate.
 
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I found an old biondo final rd 2 with a full size tree on Facebook for 300$. I just cut one of the hand switches and use 2 jumper wires with alligator clips to connect to my tb button wires. Works great and the power doesn’t even have to be on in the car


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I just sold my full size port-a-tree with top LED bulbs with cones and 40ft cable, desk top unit, cable to connect TB button, cable to hook to solenoid wires and use K&R Z-force delay box with port a tree desktop controller. I haven't used any of it for 5 years.
 
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I really like my Porta-Tree Next Gen.

My wife got me the full-size tree last Christmas. It’s really nice, but it’s so bright I have a hard time using it. I don’t have a huge shop to set up in though.

I definitely don’t use it enough to justify the cost. With the correct setup, I do think it is better to practice looking at full-size bulbs.


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I have a full-size tree that I built many years ago using Biondo supplies. It is a good tool and I benefited from it, however, as posted above, it is difficult to set up at the correct distance and lighting conditions.

For me, the most practical setup is a desktop wired into your trans brake button.


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I have a hand held "Tag Systems" tree with a Biondo foot pedal attachment plugged into it. Take care. Tom Worthington


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I really like my Porta-Tree Next Gen.

My wife got me the full-size tree last Christmas. It’s really nice, but it’s so bright I have a hard time using it. I don’t have a huge shop to set up in though.

I definitely don’t use it enough to justify the cost. With the correct setup, I do think it is better to practice looking at full-size bulbs.


My wife came up with this at a Christmas party we had a few years ago. We were doing a practice tree tourney in the house and the lights were way to bright. She went and go a few pairs of women's black nylon thin socks that we put over the bulbs. It works great to reduce the glare that you get in a small place.
 
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Originally posted by Lenny5160:
I really like my Porta-Tree Next Gen.

My wife got me the full-size tree last Christmas. It’s really nice, but it’s so bright I have a hard time using it. I don’t have a huge shop to set up in though.

I definitely don’t use it enough to justify the cost. With the correct setup, I do think it is better to practice looking at full-size bulbs.


My wife came up with this at a Christmas party we had a few years ago. We were doing a practice tree tourney in the house and the lights were way to bright. She went and go a few pairs of women's black nylon thin socks that we put over the bulbs. It works great to reduce the glare that you get in a small place.


That’s a pretty good idea. What I don’t like is that when I’m racing, I like to focus in on a tiny cluster of LED nodes within the bulb. I wouldn’t be able to see those through the stockings. I’ll give it a try though.

Or I could leave the top bulbs open but put shades in the rest. Some things to experiment with. Thanks!


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I have a full size Biondo with LEDs set it up in the shop you can turn off most off the overhead lights to simulate after dark -really helps me I try to wear this thing out but so far so good lol


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I use my practice tree box by setting it on the hood, and wired to my trans brake button.
 
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Originally posted by WILDMAN:
Biondo final round,full size, practice in the car.


Same but portatree
 
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Tabletop is best. A full size is not good for practice.
 
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Tabletop is best. A full size is not good for practice.


Why so?


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For those using a full tree, especially for bottom bulb, how far away are you from the tree when practicing? I would think for top someone could come up with 1 bulb and a timer you could practice with.
 
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have measured from start line to tree at several tracks they average about 40 feet but vary on height most are about 4 foot to bottom yellow my biondo has just enough cord to get it there lol


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I hit my full tree inside the car 25 times a day last off season, and I can tell you I hit the tree at the track better in the first 3 months of the season than I ever have.

I will be starting that regimen again this month now that the car is done.
 
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