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Just became a card carrying member. My X370 arrived today. I put the bumper one, some subjectively better LED bulbs I'll probably never use and proceeded to level the 42" deck with the provided tools.
I expected it would just need some fine tuning but it was about an inch low all the way around. So low that now I'm afraid I may not understand the leveling procedure as well as I thought and maybe got something wrong (though it seems pretty fool-proof).

On my deck, set it 2.5" and lower the deck. Take the plastic tool out and check at the back at the 2 weld spots and the front bracket under the "3". Adjust the back with the wrench tool until the plastic tool just barely brushes the deck when slid underneath. On the front, loosen the nuts and bolts and adjust until the plastic piece does the same under the "3". I had to circle around the deck several times because of how far off it was until I had all 3 points right.

I searched and didn't hear anybody else talking about this. Did you guys find yours that far off on delivery or am I doing this wrong?

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You should be measuring the blades not the deck.It should tell you how to adjust in your book.The front needs to be slightly lower than the rear.Adjust side to side first blades facing towards the discharge, then rotate the blades so their pointing front to back.The front should be slightly lower than the back about 1/8" difference.Set the deck at 3" setting so you have some room and make sure the tire pressure is set in all 4 tires.(in the book)
 

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You should be measuring the blades not the deck.It should tell you how to adjust in your book.The front needs to be slightly lower than the rear.Adjust side to side first blades facing towards the discharge, then rotate the blades so their pointing front to back.The front should be slightly lower than the back about 1/8" difference.Set the deck at 3" setting so you have some room and make sure the tire pressure is set in all 4 tires.(in the book)
Thank you very much. My search skills failed me again. I did find some good info here: http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/lawn-garden-tractors/20080-x300-deck-leveling-question.html

I almost ordered that darn thing too. It's cheap. Guess I'll get that piece headed this way.

Thank you.:thumbup1gif:
 

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The supplied tools should do fine. Mine was off at least as much as yours was. It took 3 or 4 times around to get it right. Now it cuts like a dream and looks like a new mowed golf course. My mower was delivered with the Snowblower on it so I suspect they never even bothered with the deck leveling.
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I wouldn't worry too much about it being out of adjustment from new. That is not that uncommon. There is really no reason why you can't use the method described in the manual which uses the little deck height check tool (aka chess piece). It makes the deck leveling process fast and easy. I use it all the time on my X500 deck and it works perfectly. Like you I had to go around the adjustments a few times as adjusting one side has a slight effect on the opposite side.

The only time you should need the blade measuring tool is if you want to verify that the cut height on the blade matches your selector dial. If it doesn't it's no big deal you just need to know how much to compensate.
 

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Thank you for the replies. I did go ahead and order the gauge and I also verified the tire pressure before measuring. Now that I found the other thread and got your replies I'm feeling better about my leveling.

I'll just set the deck a little high at first and ease into a comfortable match with my push mower cut height.

Thank you again. :thumbup1gif:
 

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Does anyone know if Deere puts on the deck at the factory, or do they leave that to the dealer?

My X754 with 60" deck was poorly aligned, which makes me think the dealer installed the deck as it was a separate line item when I ordered the tractor.
 

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Does anyone know if Deere puts on the deck at the factory, or do they leave that to the dealer?

My X754 with 60" deck was poorly aligned, which makes me think the dealer installed the deck as it was a separate line item when I ordered the tractor.
I believe the last time I was at my dealer they had a shipment,the LT had the decks on and the larger decks (GT and X series) were not.
 

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Does anyone know if Deere puts on the deck at the factory, or do they leave that to the dealer?

My X754 with 60" deck was poorly aligned, which makes me think the dealer installed the deck as it was a separate line item when I ordered the tractor.
Since the decks are sold separately on the X700-series it is almost certain the dealers install them.
 

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D series, X 300's and 500's come with decks already on them. X700's come without decks and auto connects. Once a deck and auto connect or manual connect is chosen, it is installed. Decks are leveled when set up.
 

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The dealer is the final quality control inspector. Most don't do what they should because they have to pay someone to do it and they would rather put the money in their pocket.
Which confirms my hunch that is why the deck wasn't leveled properly on my X754, especially since I beat them down 16% off of MSRP with 0% financing when I bought it.
 

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The dealer is the final quality control inspector. Most don't do what they should because they have to pay someone to do it and they would rather put the money in their pocket.
I dont think a dealer would purposely send out a unit that wasnt properly set up just to save money. If it comes back that money they supposedly saved is gone. Especially if you send a tech out to the field to fix it.
Humans make errors, things get overlooked or maybe it was the new kids first one and his partner didnt double check it. Things happen. Its how the dealer reacts and makes it right.

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Which confirms my hunch that is why the deck wasn't leveled properly on my X754, especially since I beat them down 16% off of MSRP with 0% financing when I bought it.
Sometimes the machine is set up well in advance of a sale. If its sold then set up, we still have no idea who bought it, how much the interest rate was or what they actually paid. Nor do we techs really care. I can not ever remember a salesman or mgr coming into the shop and telling a tech to blow off the setup because the customer got a good deal.

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D series, X 300's and 500's come with decks already on them. X700's come without decks and auto connects. Once a deck and auto connect or manual connect is chosen, it is installed. Decks are leveled when set up.
Makes sense. My deck was uneven upon delivery, I figured I needed to this myself. It was about 1/2" off tilted to one side. But it was a piece of cake to adjust.
 

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Makes sense. My deck was uneven upon delivery, I figured I needed to this myself. It was about 1/2" off tilted to one side. But it was a piece of cake to adjust.
In the end you are better off doing it yourself anyway. You will then know it is done correctly and it is something that needs to be done periodically so you might as well get comfortable with the procedure.
 

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Sometimes the machine is set up well in advance of a sale. If its sold then set up, we still have no idea who bought it, how much the interest rate was or what they actually paid. Nor do we techs really care. I can not ever remember a salesman or mgr coming into the shop and telling a tech to blow off the setup because the customer got a good deal.

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Those were guesses on my part. Another guess that I have is that you don't see many X7xx series machines out here, and the dealers just don't deal with them very often.

The Deere deck gauge and two 8mm hex wrenches made it relatively easy for me to get things square to the world.
 

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i can tell you they didn't check mine at all...even though the salesman said there checking for deck level and adjusting the tire pressure. anybody on here in the area of marshalltown Iowa i'd take my business else where.
 
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