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    X-series Deck Leveling Tool wearing out?

    I've had my X500 going on four years and I level my deck every time I service the machine. Today while doing the 200 hour service I was leveling my deck and I noticed that the tool felt a little funny, like there was some play in it.

    So I took a closer look and discovered that the end is nearly rounded off. Has anyone else experienced this? I know the tool JD supplies (M162737) isn't exactly tool steel but I sure didn't expect it to wear out this fast. You can't really abuse it. You stick it in the adjusting hole and give it a turn one way or the other. The leveling bolts do seem to turn a bit hard but I believe that it by design so they hold the adjustment.

    JD Parts doesn't give any specifications on the tool but I seem to remember reading somewhere that it was an 8mm ball hex head. Does anyone know where you can get a long 3/8 drive 8mm ball hex tool? It has to be at least 7" long to get down in there and reach the adjusting bolt through the access hole.

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    I feel your pain

    I feel your pain. I just posted a thread about the cheap design of Deere's deck leveling system and I noticed that you also posted problems with yours. The tool that is supplied is junk and the angle that you have with it and adjustment bolt head is stupid. Deere could have designed and more robust system and better engineered one. If they are sold on this design at least beef it up. When my dealer was showing me how to adjust deck we both commented on how difficult it was to adjust.
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    Sorry to hear this , I've used a x738 now close to 100 hrs and have never had to adjust the deck. Haven't even had the adjustment tool out of the holder since the delivery person showed me and the owner .
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    Sorry to hear this , I've used a x738 now close to 100 hrs and have never had to adjust the deck. Haven't even had the adjustment tool out of the holder since the delivery person showed me and the owner .
    My deck seems to need adjustment every 25 hrs or so. It's never off by much, at times it's only 1/8" and the most it's been off is 1/4". At least the tool only costs $8.08.
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    You should be able to buy a T handle tool or extended socket that would work. Just has to be ball allen on the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    You should be able to buy a T handle tool or extended socket that would work. Just has to be ball allen on the end.
    Thanks for the tip. I didn't think of that, duh! I'm going to look for one of those first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etcallhome View Post
    Sorry to hear this , I've used a x738 now close to 100 hrs and have never had to adjust the deck. Haven't even had the adjustment tool out of the holder since the delivery person showed me and the owner .

    I'm with you on this one. Did mine after hitting a cast iron curb valve with the front U shaped support bar. Was totally covered by debris and I didn't even see it. After replacing the bar I leveled the deck on a nice flat concrete shop floor. That was 2 years ago and it has been good ever since. I bang my deck off of a lot of stuff on a regular basis. I got 3 bad spots just to cut the place I'm living at now. Plus I trailer the tractor all the time. Usually set the hight to cut knob at 1.5" and drop the deck onto the anti scalp wheels. Doesn't bounce around as much.
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    If your lawn is rough or you step on the deck to get on the tractor that would cause adjustment problems.My neighbor had a rough lawn and had to keep adjusting his Cub Cadet.I rolled his lawn the last few years and he hasn't touched his deck since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJR345 View Post
    If your lawn is rough or you step on the deck to get on the tractor that would cause adjustment problems.My neighbor had a rough lawn and had to keep adjusting his Cub Cadet.I rolled his lawn the last few years and he hasn't touched his deck since.
    Every place I cut is not exactly golf course smooth. My deck does take quite a beating. I'm pretty sure my daughter, FSIL and kids were using my 54" deck as a step and not just getting on or off the tractor. Just trying to walk by it in a cluttered garage. It's another reason I'm glad it's being stored in my girlfriend's garage. Plus they just had a small garage fire at my daughter's place. Luckily she got it put out with the garden hose before the fire department needed to show up. She said they had 2 extinguishers but neither worked. This guy was fixing the carb on the FSIL's Sportster. The bike backfired out the intake and the show was on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJR345 View Post
    If your lawn is rough or you step on the deck to get on the tractor that would cause adjustment problems.My neighbor had a rough lawn and had to keep adjusting his Cub Cadet.I rolled his lawn the last few years and he hasn't touched his deck since.
    My lawn is very rough and has a lot of dips and valleys. It's one reason why I opted for the 48" deck over the 54" because I knew the 54" would scalp all over the place. I roll it several times in the spring and while it reduces those lunar surface-like freeze/thaw craters it would take an earth mover to smooth out the dips and valleys.

    I never step on the deck.
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