Carl K wrote:I already have a leveling tamper that has really improved my extractions. Would using a distribution tool such as the Chisel or OCD in addition to a leveling tamper be of any benefit? Any one use both?
I do the opposite. I use a distribution tool (I have both wedge and clover), set to the headspace depth my machine likes, and I don't bother tamping at all.
I, like Evergreen/Michael, RDT and WDT all the time every time whether I perceive that it needs it or not.
If you think you want a distributing tool, you can buy the Chinese ebayzon versions for around $20. Same stainless steel head with adjustable threaded anodized handle as the $$$ versions. If you still feel you need the brand cachet of the $$$ versions, at least you will know whether you like how these tools work before spending the big bucks.