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    My dealer said my deck was all setup, leveled, and good to go. It wasn't...?

    I had gotten an x380 this spring - already have a bunch of mows on it. When it was delivered, the guy said he had leveled the deck and had everything ready to mow on it. Ran me through some quick operation and showed me where the tools were if I ever remove the deck. Away we go...

    Now, I thought the cut was great. I had been push mowing our property with an old...old... push mower for 2 years, so the cut was still better than what I had been doing before. For kicks, I decided to check the deck level....way off. At the deck leveling height indicated on the tractor, I couldn't even fit the gauge under the deck at all. I'd say roughly 1/4" low. Is there a different way they'd level the deck and not use the supplied gauge? or did they just forget?

    ...anywho, here's my tractor in action!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Px6IsIC0CY
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSR6 View Post
    At the deck leveling height indicated on the tractor, I couldn't even fit the gauge under the deck at all. I'd say roughly 1/4" low. Is there a different way they'd level the deck and not use the supplied gauge? or did they just forget?
    Could you fit the gauge under any of the check positions? There is a difference between being unlevel and the cut height being off. If the gauge was 1/4" low all the way around I'd say the deck was level but just "off" on the cut height.

    Quite frankly 1/4" isn't much to worry about from a cut height accuracy standpoint. It's possible the tech used something like a socket or a block of wood that he keeps in his toolbox rather than the actual tool for two reasons. That way he doesn't risk forgetting to put the customer's tool back in the holder and it also prevents scuffing up the tool and making it looked used. You can use anything of a known height in place of the little chess piece that they give you.

    I check the level on my X500 quite frequently and it seems it is always off at least 1/4" or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Could you fit the gauge under any of the check positions? There is a difference between being unlevel and the cut height being off. If the gauge was 1/4" low all the way around I'd say the deck was level but just "off" on the cut height.

    Quite frankly 1/4" isn't much to worry about from a cut height accuracy standpoint. It's possible the tech used something like a socket or a block of wood that he keeps in his toolbox rather than the actual tool for two reasons. That way he doesn't risk forgetting to put the customer's tool back in the holder and it also prevents scuffing up the tool and making it looked used. You can use anything of a known height in place of the little chess piece that they give you.

    I check the level on my X500 quite frequently and it seems it is always off at least 1/4" or so.
    I suppose that could be exactly true then. I didnt really pay attention to the level side to side/front to back other than that it was far too low to get the gauge in everywhere.
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    It takes a lot more time to get the deck height to match the the dial, then level the deck and not lose the height to dial match. If the deck was set up right as far as level I'd be satistified.
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    There is a different type of leveling indicator that works in positions other than the "set level" height used with the height gauge provided with the mower. They probably used one that looks like a scale with a pointer attached at a pivot point whose far end actually touches the blade.

    See this: https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-...-AM130907.html

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    In order to help much more info is needed What size Deck and What Tractor .
    I set my deck (also a 758) after the tractor was home . It was level but the settings off very common as it takes time to match level the cut setting .
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    Quote Originally Posted by BANGER View Post
    In order to help much more info is needed What size Deck and What Tractor .
    I set my deck (also a 758) after the tractor was home . It was level but the settings off very common as it takes time to match level the cut setting .
    The first sentence says X380 so we know it's a 48 or 54" which have the same leveling procedure. Watching the video I'd say it is a 54" although it is tricky to tell given the video is sped up so much.
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    I think you mow too fast......
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    The first sentence says X380 so we know it's a 48 or 54" which have the same leveling procedure. Watching the video I'd say it is a 54" although it is tricky to tell given the video is sped up so much.
    It's a 48" deck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BANGER View Post
    In order to help much more info is needed What size Deck and What Tractor .
    I set my deck (also a 758) after the tractor was home . It was level but the settings off very common as it takes time to match level the cut setting .
    It's an X380 w/ the 48" deck.
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