When most people hear of the John Deere 455, they think of the lawn mower that John Deere produced from between ’92 and ’01,not the JD 455 grain drill. So for this review, we will be talking only about the lawnmower, not the grain drill. But if you would like to do your own review of the grain drill in the comment section below, then we would very much welcome it.
The John Deere 455 is another hefty lawn mower produced by John Deere Deere. It’s Yanmar, 3cylinder, diesel engine (that’s right folks, this ain’t a petrol engine) produces a whopping 22 hp, making the 455 very powerful indeed. Added to this, it came with a 4.5 foot wide mower deck which can be downgraded to a 4 foot deck or upgraded to a 5 foot deck for extra reach.
The 455 tips the scales at a very heavy 965 lbs (that’s nearly 440 kg for those of you in Europe) and unlike most ride on lawn mowers, the JD 455’s engine is liquid cooled. This all adds up to a very heavy duty vehicle that incorporates power steering and cruise control. Like many of John Deere’s larger lawnmowers, the 455 is not intended for domestic use (unless of course you are fortunate to have a massive garden). Rather it is mostly used on a commercial scale in parks and sports fields.
You can imagine that using 22hp just for cutting grass would be a waste. Luckily there are many attachments for the John Deere 455. It can take a front end loader, snow thrower, front mountable grass-cutting blades, tiller, aerator or a spreader. This massive amount of possible attachments (which haven’t actually all been listed here) for the 455 was made possible due to it’s longevity (which gave time for more attachments to be developed for it) and obviously also it’s power.
The 455 is still a relatively new model when you consider some of John Deere’s older lawn mower models. So it makes for a fantastic purchase if you can get a decent one second hand, especially when you factor in all the attachments that can be added.
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