Stens 750-442 Deck Leveling Gauge John Deere AM130907 MTD 490-900-0041 Cub Cadet 490-900-0041, reviews, comments

Stens 750-442 Deck Leveling Gauge John Deere AM130907 MTD 490-900-0041 Cub Cadet 490-900-0041

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Works like a charm, I am finally getting a quality, level cut from my 42" Craftsman mower! While my deck was level from side to side, the front was pitched down almost a FULL INCH from the rear, resulting in a scalloped cut and serious clumping when mulching. I assumed that my mower was properly set up when it was delivered - boy I was wrong! I was spending 3+ hours using my old 21" Lawn Boy 2 stroke to cut my lawn because the cut on the rider was so terrible, it was embarrassing.

Now that the deck is at the proper 1/8" forward pitch, the cut quality is much better (still not on par with the Lawn Boy, but close enough for me), and the clippings are being more evenly distributed and not clumping anymore.

I checked my neighbor's John Deere, and his was set up incorrectly also. His deck was heeled back 1/2" and off almost 1/2" from side to side. His cut quality has drastically improved also.

I own a Craftsman Professional Series Lawn Tractor 24 HP 42" deck. From the day Sears delivered it, set up & ready to go, never have been real pleased about the cut. Of course I've made adjustments here and there which kinda helped, purchased different blades, but? If you go by the Craftsman's destruction manual, they expect you to measure the distance from the blade to the ground. At least on my model, impossible. They also suggest to eyeball the deck from side to side, then make adjustments. I remove my deck each year to mount my snow plow. So each spring comes the frustration of leveling the deck or at least trying to.

I was highly skeptical as to whether or not this little plastic tool was going to work, even after reading the positive reviews due to the shenanigans around different amazon stores over the last year or so.

Let me point out this tool was made for leveling the deck on a different brand of lawn tractors/mowers. Also the tool comes without destructions. It only took me about 5 minutes to figure out how to use it. I couldn't believe that I was almost 1/8" on the discharge side and the front was off. There is no doubt some frustrated lawn tractor owner came up with this idea, it's simple design makes leveling you're deck a breeze.

What I thought was cool was watching the tools arm move as you adjust the deck bringing it to level. I'm easily amused when a simplistic tool actually works!
In my opinion, this tool should work for most decks as long as the deck skirt doesn't hang low with you're blades tucked way up. Some newer models are made this way, no doubt designed by lawyers.

I do recommend this tool, it should last quite a while if you put it away, keep the grand kids/kids from playing with it. The only "Con" or negative things I can come up with is, it's made of plastic and lightweight. It was a bit wobbly from side to side. I would like to see some type of lock so once a measurement has been made, you're able to compare it to the opposite side. If the base was a bit wider, it would take the wobble out of it. Again it's made from plastic and inexpensive, it is what it is. You can purchase a similar tool made from metal that does cost more money. But for the ordinary homeowner needing to level a deck, I don't see the need for the more expensive one.

I would have given it 5 stars if some type of destructions to at least give an idea where to begin & it wasn't quite as wobbly.

This is worth the money in terms of the time it will save you. Especially if you have a commercial mowing business.

From what I can tell, it's very accurate in terms of measuring the actual blade height, but what's even more important, is that you can be assured that it will be accurate in terms of measuring the relative height from one side of the mower to the other — left/right front/back. In other words, regardless of how well it actually measures the actual height of the blades, it more importantly allows you to easily make sure that your mowing deck is level, which is what is going to give you the best cut anyway. And it's a huge time saver.

I was able to get my 62 " mower deck leveled on my new jd 2050 and now it is pure pleasure to mow getting such fine results .. it you take the time to get the deck level both from the sides and front to rear it will give you an amazing looking lawn ,,,this tool was all i needed to get it done

A bit more worrisome to use than finding level ground with a four foot bubble level, then turning a 2x4 on edge, driving the mower over the 2x4, setting the deck height adjuster to 3.5", and adjusting the deck accordingly. But if you want to set the blade tips, side to side, front to back, to within a gnat's posterior of the manufacturer's specs, this is the tool to use.

This is a great tool and it saved me lots of time trying to level my mower deck. Before using this gauge, I used a tape measure which is not as accurate and takes much much longer.

Tips:
1. Make sure that your tires are inflated evenly before leveling the deck.
2. While you are at it, clean the caked on clippings that are built up under the deck, your mower will function much better.

Allowed be to confirm that my mower deck was out of adjustment. I made the adjustments in less than 10 minutes and confirmed the new settings.

A must have for anyone with a riding mower. YouTube will show you how to use and adjust your mower deck. If you think the blades should be level front to back, you should buy one of these and check out the intraweb for how to adjust your mower deck.

It works just fine and I don't need wood blocks that are exactly 2.5 inches tall to be able to level my mower deck. Was worried when I bought it because I didn't get the more expensive metal gauge, but do not see that as a problem now.

Works great, used it to level the blades on my 42" Husqvarna rider, only took a few minutes. Trying to use a ruler or gauge block was driving me and my scalped lawn nuts. Feels like quality tool, plastic but solid

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