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Deck tool. Am I the only one???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TLS, Jun 25, 2002.

  1. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    A post in the Exmark section got my gears turning enough to fire up the haf broken digital camera the other day and snap a pic of something that I thought everybody uses to check deck cut height.

    Turns out, many still use a ruler or tape measure :eek: to level your deck.

    I've been using one like this since at least 1990. The original one has a shorter arm and will not reach all blade positions on the Lazer with the striping roller, so I bought this one with the longer arm. My first original one was purchased at my JD dealership, the second at my DC/Exmark dealership.

    My dealer mechanic had one that is stainless steel and has engraved measurements, no name on his or even on this one. I would worry about the metal one bending if I ran over it or burried it in my tool box. The plastic is great and is virtually indestructable. They cost about 10 - 12 bucks, but are so handy that I'd spend up to $30 if I didn't have one.

    No signs of any in any "mailorder" catalogs.
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    Sorry :D

    Forgot to attach pic!!!

    blade height tool.jpg
  3. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    Calm down, Tommy....:D

    There are (at least) two people in the whole world using them.

    I got the little yellow John Deere plastic one.

  4. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Central Illinois
    Posts: 381

    I've been using my John Deere model for quite a few years. Much better than a tape measure.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I have the John Deere version also.
  6. lahanko

    lahanko LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 173

    Can these be gotten off of the Internet?
  7. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    Those things are as handy as pockets on a shirt!!!

    I got mine at the JD dealership several years ago

  8. Grasshog

    Grasshog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 270

    Never heard of this fine tool you have brought to my attention.
    I will stop in at the loal JD dealer and ck them out.
  9. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    My Lesco dealer is selling the metal ones, but I think they are close to $50 or so. The engraved numbers were hard to read and I didb,t need one that bad. I would like to get a plastic one for $10 though.
  10. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,261

    Those are cool. I cut pieces of hardwood flooring in 1/4 increments starting at 2.5(never use that one) up to 3.75. Drilled a hole in them and ran string through them. Mowing guage blocks. Good for checking height of one mower vs another and calibrating decks.


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