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.