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    Default JD 455 Purchase

    HI all

    Just picked up a JD 455 diesel All Wheel Steer off Craigslist for $2,300
    It's a 2001 with 800 hours
    Was not sure about the price but I took a chance because it was a diesel - should have a lot of good hours left - I hope
    See pictures attached

    Needs a lot of TLC but seems to run great so far
    Just ordered a new JD high back off ebay for $127 delivered

    In the process of changing all fluids and filters
    Will refurb and paint the 60" heavy duty deck asap

    Does anyone have a 455 operators/service manual they do not have a use for anymore?
    Need to research fluid capacities, filters, and grease points
    as well as routine maintenance schedules

    Any advice on the 455 would be greatly appreciated
    This is my first 455 - I'm updating from about a 1972 JD 140

    Thanks in advance for your comments and advice on refurbing and operating this machine
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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Nice score.........

    Look on e-bay. Type in JD455..........

    Good luck

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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Looks like a great deal. A bit of TLC, and it will shine again. Where did you find it ?

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    That looks like a great score! I would love to find one at that price, in that condition. You will love that upgrade

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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Guido455 View Post
    Looks like a great deal. A bit of TLC, and it will shine again. Where did you find it ?
    Fella in Gilbert, AZ had it on Craigslist
    He only had about 1/2 acre to mow
    Had another Zero turn mower - had both up for sale and decided to keep which ever one did not sell
    I grabbed on to the Deere right away of course
    He was asking 2500 but we negotiated to 2300 because it needs a new seat,
    has a slight leak from the oil drain valve and going to need a new battery soon

    I have mowed 1 acre with it so far - so far seems to run and mow great!
    Man it is a real mowing machine
    Hardly took anytime to mow at all - compared to my old 140
    Have 5 acres at another property - looking forward to mowing it

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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Wyobuckaroo View Post
    Nice score.........

    Look on e-bay. Type in JD455..........

    Good luck
    Thanks
    Will give e-bay a try for a 455 manual

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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by Gumby542 View Post
    That looks like a great score! I would love to find one at that price, in that condition. You will love that upgrade
    Thanks
    So far I'm very pleased with it

    Definitely a terrific upgrade from a 140

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    I purchased a 1994 AWS 455 with 1200 hrs on it a couple years ago for $2500. Like yours it needed some TLC. After replacing some odd and end parts here and there it mows like a champ. As far as the manual goes, you can purchase a CD manual for around $10-$20 I believe. Congrats on your purchase. The 455 is a beast!

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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by smitty9805 View Post
    I purchased a 1994 AWS 455 with 1200 hrs on it a couple years ago for $2500. Like yours it needed some TLC. After replacing some odd and end parts here and there it mows like a champ. As far as the manual goes, you can purchase a CD manual for around $10-$20 I believe. Congrats on your purchase. The 455 is a beast!
    Thanks for the good word Smitty

    Found a couple of sites on Ebay for the manual
    ($9.00 to about $12) very reasonalbe - thanks will get one ordered

    I agree it is a mowing beast
    Very pleased with the purchase

    Ordered a new high back seat off Ebay ($128 delivered)

    Ordered some miscellaneous moldings, decals, steering wheel cap and engine drain valve, hydraulic plug cover kit from
    GreenPartStore - Parts for John Deere Lawn Tractors, John Deere Lawn & Garden Tractors, John Deere Mowers, John Deere Attachments, John Deere Accessories

    Had some oil sepage (I think it's coming from the engine oil drain valve)
    so I ordered a new valve
    (hope the new valve fixes the problem)

    Do you have some pictures of your 455?

    Need to pull the deck and refurb it next

    Thanks to all

    Ron

    Have you had any trouble with the AWS
    I was reluctant at first but after reading TBN - the AWS does not seem to give any problems

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    Default Re: JD 455 Purchase

    Ron,

    I don't have any pics of the 455. I wish I would have taken a few before and after pictures, but I diden't. I still need a new seat and I have thought about repainting the tractor. However, my mower looked very simular to yours. The deck was rusted up pretty bad and had some cracks in it here and there. I had the deck sandblasted, welded the cracks up, rebuilt the spindles, and I repainted the deck. It does a great job mowing. I had to put a new oil sending unit on the engine(old one was leaking) and a valve cover gasket and the engine runs great. Very pleased with the mower. My uncle bought a new 430 in the mid 80's and probably has close to 10,000 hrs on the little yanmar diesel. They are hard to beat in my opinion. As far as the AWS, mine kind of lurches a little on tight turns, but I have read on this forum that it is a common problem. However, after getting used to the AWS, I have found that it is great for mowing around small trees and other objects. Best $2,500 I have ever spent! Happy mowing!! Eric

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