Leg levelers geared for easy adjustment
Axilo leg leveler with gear tool

The Axilo tool snaps onto the geared leveler foot to raise or lower the leg.

Leg levelers were a revolution in cabinet installations, eliminating time-consuming shimming and making leveling much less of a pain even on irregular floors. But you still got your exercise jumping up and down between adjustments to check the level or reaching into the back corners of a cabinet to adjust far legs. Not anymore.

Hafele offers the Axilo system of leg levelers with an ingenious geared system that mates to a long-reach tool to make leveling quick and easy.

Axilo leg leveler system with tools
The Axilo leg leveling system consists of a mounting plate, geared leveler foot, Y-shaped pinion gear leveling tool, tool extension, and toe-kick clips.

From shims to levelers
I’m sorry, but if you are still shimming your cabinets to level them, get out of the dark ages and try leg levelers. Levelers use screw adjusters to precisely raise and lower legs to achieve level.

Where the Axilo system drives ahead is in its unique gearing system. The foot of the Axilo leg is shaped like a bevel gear. It mates with a pinion gear in a long-handled Y-shaped tool to drive the gear by twising the handle.

Axilo leg leveler tool with extension
With the full extension on the Axilo tool, you can reach more than 40 inches.

Long reach
With more than 2 feet of reach, the tool can reach easily to the back legs of most standard depth cabinets. You can even drive the tool with a drill driver. And there’s an extension handle that gives you another 12 inches or so of reach that will take you all the way to the back legs of a blind corner cabinet.

You can stay comfortably in front of the cabinet, watching your level, while you precisely adjust all the legs in much less time than it takes to talk about it.

Reaching Axilo leveler under cabinet
For standard depth cabinets, the Axilo tool reaches all the way to the back even without the extension.

Other bonuses
Another benefit of leg levelers is being able to use easily removable toe-kicks so there is ready access under the cabinets for cleaning. You save material on cabinet boxes, too, since sides don’t extend all the way to the floor.

Typically, removeable toe-kicks are attached with clips to the leg levelers, requiring that you first screw the clips to the toe-kick boards. With the Axilo system, a clever clip that just snaps into the leg leveler mounting assembly allows you to simply snap the toe-kick board in place with no tools. 

I don’t know why you’d want to level your cabinets any other way. Learn more at hafele.com. For Canadian customers, go to Häfele.ca.


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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.