Where to get blade height gauge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PR0 TURF, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am looking for a blade height gauge. We bought one over the summer from Simplicity, but the overall design of it wasn't very easy to use. Does anyone know of a place to get them online or anywhere else? Im looking to check the height from the ground to the blade tip.
    THANKS!
     
  2. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just took some pieces of oak flooring and cut several pieces a 1/4" different in length starting at 2" up to 3 1/2". I did this so I could compair the cutting height to the scale on adjustment and between different mowers. I drilled a small hole in each block and strung them together with a cord. I carry them in the trailer box.

    Mark
     
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    John Deere sells a plastic one that is satisfactory for about eight dollars.

    A snap gauge for measuring cylinder bore diameter would work also.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Richard Martin....thanks for the link to the gauge. That is exactly what I was looking for!
     
  6. PR0 TURF

    PR0 TURF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Speaking of blade height/deck leveling....when you adjust the blade height do you strive for a perfectly even cut across the length & width of the deck. If i am not mistaken I think i remember hearing to try to get the rear of the deck either a 1/4" higher or lower than the front...or maybe an 1/8"..something minimal. Anyone have any experience with this to achieve the best cut.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    The recommended pitch is normally around 1/8" to 1/4". Rear higher than the front.
     
  8. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know about the rest of you but I just park the mower on concrete, lower the deck and check the height with a tape measure. I don't think it could be much easier.
     
  9. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sounds workable but you miss the opportunity to add a cool new gadget to your tool box. :D Where's the fun in that.
     
  10. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess it is neat to have all sorts of "gizmos" :p
     

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