Step 1: What This Product Does.
As you might notice on the video they only show you measuring the side with the mower chute. This is no accident as the other side is almost impossible to read a ruler on due to the fact that the deck obstructs your view. The current product for this purpose is a deck leveling gauge. This is the product I looked into as to the feasibility of producing my leveling gauge.
Step 2: How It Works
The gauge works as follows.
You clip the unit onto the outer edge of the outside blades on your deck.
You then run a line level tightly between the gauges with the level close to the side you are adjusting.
While adjusting the deck you can see in real time how close you are and how far you still need to go.
Step 3: Design and Production Requirements
1. Accuracy of production. I could not use conventional tools to produce this as I am wanting to improve the quality of job done as well as speed I need perfection in my production method.
2. Cost of production. I need to keep the cost down to sell them as the current gauges cost less then $20 each. Although the time saved in a production shop would more then pay for the tool I wanted a competitive pricing on what I produce.
While I have thought of sending these out to be produced this is not my only design sitting on my computer so I am hoping to justify the cost of buying or building a 3d printer for prototyping soon as this would speed up the process as well as keep production in house.
Another side effect of acquiring a 3d printer is I could test the feasibility of producing obsolete parts so that my customers could keep older equipment operational saving them money. And allowing me to see the durability of the printed parts and tools I would be designing.
Step 4: Sales and Marketing
I own a outdoor power equipment dealership so I thought about after I finished testing this product I would offer it for sale to other dealerships that I knew as well as possibly threw a current parts distributor. Currently we have at least 4 producers of deck leveling gauges and we sell a few a year. Mechanics like to have 2 of almost any inexpensive tool they use so I would expect you could have a few hundred thousand potential customers. This is not a product that would make a person rich however it would be a nice start to company that produces other tools and products.