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Mower Deck Leveling Gauge: What Is It and Why Do You Need One?

Mower Deck Leveling Gauge: What Is It and Why Do You Need One?
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Many homeowners and professionals alike often ponder, "Why do I need a mower deck leveling gauge when I have a perfectly good tape measure?" If you've ever found yourself asking this question, you're in the right place. Today, we're diving deep into the importance of a mower deck-leveling gauge and why it's a game-changer for anyone serious about lawn maintenance.



At first glance, a tape measure might seem sufficient. After all, they both measure, right? You could easily measure the side of your deck, ensure both sides are level, and call it a day. But, as with many things in life, it's not that simple.




Deck Mold Variations


One crucial aspect to consider is the molding of decks. Not all decks are molded the same. When you set a deck flat on the ground, it might not be perfectly level. There could be slight variations, with one side a tad higher or the front and rear differing by a sixteenth or an eighth of an inch. These small differences can drastically affect the quality of your cut.



Measuring the Blade, Not the Deck


The real secret lies in what you're measuring. Instead of the deck's outer edge, you should be focusing on the actual blade. This is because we're interested in where the blade cuts the grass. Using a tape measure in this scenario can be cumbersome and inaccurate. Imagine trying to bend the tape to touch the blade's top – it's not only challenging but also imprecise.


In contrast, a mower deck leveling gauge allows for precise measurements. You can slide it underneath, push down until it touches the blade tip, and then note the exact measurement. This precision ensures your mower deck is perfectly level, leading to a flawless cut every time.



While it might seem like a trivial tool, a mower deck leveling gauge is indispensable. It's an affordable investment that guarantees the best cut for your lawn. After all, when you've invested in a quality lawnmower, why compromise on the finish?


If you have questions about any of the things outlined above or are just more of a visual learner, head over to our YouTube channel and watch our step-by-step video (also attached below)! Leave a comment or question and receive a personal reply from Brent, our resident John Deere expert. Be sure to subscribe!