I ordered the Motta 8350 leveling tool off amazon, since I trust the Motta name and it was less than $60. It's insane to me that most of the other similar tools cost as much as an OE Lido! Anyhow, the tool arrived Friday, but due to the shipper indicating required signature on delivery, I didn't get it until today. The thing weighs in at 400g...wow! I've been doing a pretty elaborate WDT pattern for years now. A couple of weeks ago, I received my Niche Zero, but wasn't super happy with the recommended distribution method, as I cannot seem to palm tap the pf and actually level grounds. For me, they always just bunch up on the far side of wherever I tap it. Anyhow, I pulled two shots this afternoon. Both with the leveling tool adjusted down to it's least protruding setting. After shaking the Niche catch cup over the pf and inverting it, I did palm tap to get the grounds as close as I'm capable of leveling them (which isn't very good - but the idea is to get away from WDT and simplify my prep routine), then dropped on the Motta tool and gave it a few spins. The puck was perfectly leveled! I put my tamper in and checked to see if it needed any more compressing, but it was at least as firm as when I typically stopped tamping before I got the tool (I'm a rather light tamper anyways). Both shots pulled perfectly for me.
btw: I use a naked pf with a LM Strada 17g basket...19g dry dose for most coffees. Right now, I'm using Nossa Familia Full Cycle, which is one of my 2 staple blends.