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 10-27-1999, 00:00 Post: 9177
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Any comments on how well a John Deere 455 garden tractor with a 60" mower deck will:1) Snow plow a 1200' gravel driveway with a front blade attachment2) Mow 5 acres of weeds in a field (no small trees or bushes)3) Level out dirt in a field with small ridges and valleys with a front blade attachmentI am looking to buy a used 455 with a 60" mower deck within 100 miles of Canandaigua, NY. Any offers?






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 10-27-1999, 00:00 Post: 9186
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I can't say I have experience with your exact situation, but I can give you my advise:1) the plowing question will depend in large part on the grade of the driveway. It may be difficult to plow uphill oh a steep slope, even with chains and/or rear ag tires (I think i'd recommend chains since you needn't worry about scarring your blacktop). Otherwise the 54" front blade will do a good job of clearing your driveway, although it will not be nearly as fast as a larger tractor.2)In my experience, finish mowers tend to choke on anything other than normal lawn. Although they do a great job of finish mowing, they don't do very well in tall grass or weeds. If your field is mowed relatively often, you may be able to pull it off with a 60" deck, but another option is the M40, a 40" light duty 540rpm PTO rotary tiller that Woods makes especially for the JD 400 series.3)as for dirt moving, I have no experience except the really loose stuff left after a larger machine is through with it, so I'm really not sure if the front blade will handle any packed dirt or turf. I know that the blade is really only designed for light dirt work, but you may be able to push that a bit. Anyway, i hope i've helped a little.P.S.-you've probably noticed but there's a 445 for sale on the board here somewhere, I just saw it in the new messages section. I don't know if you want to step down to kawasaki power from yanmar though.






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 10-27-1999, 00:00 Post: 9188
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You mind not like what I have to say. I had a JD318 with a 54"blade. I got about 500' of driveway.Granted the 318 is a smaller piece of equipment, but not by that much. I live in the Chicago area...where we do get some decent snowfall. 1.) I found the blade for plowing absolutely inadequate.Even with chains and wheel weights. The snow gets too heavy and pushes the tractor instead of the tractor pushing the snow.2.)That mower is a finish mower. It will not work too well in a field of weeds. Maybe if you get it under control after a few mowings and then stay on top of it you will be ok. It will have a tendancy to bog down if the grass/weeds are too much.3.) I never had much luck leveling dirt for the same reason as number #1. Not enought tractor for the job.I live on 3 acres. You must have some land there if you got 1200' of drive to plow.I ended up buying a JD425 for my mowing needs and a JD755 compact tractor for my tractor needs.In my opinion , a compact tractor is what you will need to do atleast jobs #1 and #3 You will just be disappointed with the equipments performance and you will beat the heck out of your equipment if you try to do those jobs with that lawn tractor.Sorry I couldn't be more positive....just trying to give you my honest opinionRay






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 10-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 9189
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I've had a JD455 for a couple years. I have the 60" deck and mow 3+ acres of mostly flat land. I could not be happier with the machine for this purpose. It has the power to do all that you're asking, but it does not have the weight and the attachments are overpriced for their capabilities. I bought a JD4200 with 420 loader for dirt and drive work. It is very capable of doing everything that I can throw at it on my lot. I do have a neighbor who has a JD455 with a hyd. front blade. He has pushed dirt around but cannot break the soil loose with the blade. In other words he cannot dig with the blade and I doubt he could with a loader for the 455. Good luck. You might want to look into a compact tractor with a loader and bush hog or finish mower depending on your terrain and type of lawn.






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 10-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 9199
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I do not have experience with the 455, but my brothers-in-law and I have MTD 18.5hp garden tractors that are similar in weight and power, but certainly not quality.My B-I-L plows a drive about that long with no problems. It does take a long time which seems even longer in the cold of a Wisconsin Winter. If the snow gets too deap before he gets to it, he has someone with a tractor come and plow it.I have mowed about 15 acres with my finish mower. It takes a long long time. As mentioned, it does not work very well if the weeds are very high. It bogs down, clogs and just folds over the weeds instead of cutting. Part of the porblem is there is a shroud all the way around a finish mower while a rotary cutter is open, at least in the intake side. The rotary mower also has a larger area under it to allow the weeds to move up into the blades. Even the finish mower on my 4300 does not handle it that well and I usually wind up using a rotary mower. If you do get them cut once and keep after them, you may stand a chance. For dirt moving, it is just too light in my opinion. You might consider a low end JD or Kubota utility tractor or something like a Ford 8N. You could probably get the 8N, rotary cutter, box scraper and a loader for half of what you pay for a [new] 455.Doug






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 10-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 9214
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You would be much better off adding just a $1000 or so and getting 4100 what your asking 455 to do with front blade will not work very well, not enough weight.






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 10-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 9215
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OK, I get the sense that the 455 may be on the small end for what I want to do (I placed the original question). Would a 790 work well for this application? Would not having HST on the 790 be a large drawback on both operating and resell? Would I need to get 4WD with a 790?






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 10-28-1999, 00:00 Post: 9217
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No,not having a HST would not be a big drawback,unless you plan on mowing,loader work,or blade work,and also trying to regain some of your investment when it's time to trade or sell.I'm not trying to be smart,but one day a standard trans will be a thing of the past.Yes,you want 4WD,when the snow falls,and for any loader work,you'll need that option,plus again it helps re-sale.






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 10-29-1999, 00:00 Post: 9244
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I have a JD455 with all wheel steer and use a JD blade to help clear 5 acres of woods in my back yard. Granted, it's not a compact utility tractor, however it does a nice job moving the soil if you're patient. I usually back drag with the blade in the lowered position and the front wheels off the ground. With all wheel steer you can direct the tractor with the rear wheels. It works best when the soil is dry. In wet soil it doesn't have enough traction to do a good job. I mow my lawn, snowblow the driveway, grade my woods, and even run a PTO generator with my tractor. Not bad for a tractor that will fit in my two car garage without leaving one of the vehicles outside.






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 10-29-1999, 00:00 Post: 9270
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If you look at the 790 give the 4100 and 4200 a look also. I keep my 455 for cutting the lawn but bought a 4200 w/loader and 12" auger to kelp plant trees and put in fence posts. The 4200 was purchased this spring but I know it will do a fine job of clearing snow with the loader alone. You can put a mower on the 4200 but I wouldn't consider it for 3 acres. Just as a point the cost of a 455 with 60" deck is around $11,000 - the 4200 w/420 loader is around $15250. Why don't you look into a ZTR mower w/60" deck and a 4200 if you have any dirt work to do. The 4200 is only about $1500 more than a 4100 and has nearly double the capacities. Take a real look - the 790 is a light unit with very limited capacity. Drive the all. The ZTR mowers are nice and cut mowing time by 50% or more. If I had it to do again I would buy one instead of the 455.






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