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    455 commercial

    I bought a 455 yesterday with 470 hrs on it and a 60" deck. It says "COMMERCIAL" across the back of the seat pan in about 2-2.5" block lettering, it looks original to the factory paint. Has anybody heard of this before? It was sitting a few years and was then used sparingly this past summer. It looks like a heluva lawnmower compared to what you can buy for $3000 today. There are 4 hyd. ports in the front of left foot and two in the rear, no steering brakes that I can see, just one large pedal on right above the forward and reverse pads. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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    Wow, sounds like a great machine, got pics? Not sure what the "commercial" thing is about but I bet Terry or Chuck will.

    I bought mine this past summer, here is the story: http://www.greentractortalk.com/foru...y-tractor.html

    No steering brakes as you found out unfortunately, just one brake on the right that is also the parking brake.

    Adding the aftermarket reverse pedal is a fantastic mod, I show it in the thread I linked above.
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    You did get a great machine! I have a 445 I purchased new in '98 I think. I have around 318 hours on it now. I purchased it with the 60" deck, the 8HD wagon, and the front blade with power angle. Three years or so after that I took the front blade off and replaced it with a snow thrower.

    It was my first brand new rider. I had a used 112 that I wish I kept but I had no place to store it at the time. The 445 is an awesome piece of machinery and will last for years with little TLC. My 445 will always be around Lord willing. It is special to me.

    Enjoy your machine and post pics. Never heard of the 'commercial' thing on the seat but that don't mean much coming from me.
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    No pics yet, I am picking it up tomorrow. I would say the mower deck looks more heavy duty than your though. It has bracing welded across the front and metal shrouds on top instead of plastic. The adjusting wheels are very heavy duty, and worn as well. You were very fortunate to have two qualified friends with time on their hands to do all that work. I hope I can get this ready with my limited shop space for the spring mowing season, my wife likes to do the mowing around here and with this I might not ever get a chance!I will try and get some pictures soon.
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    Deere didn't make a "commercial" version of the 4X5 series. More than likely, it was put on there by an owner at one time. I haven't heard of a "Commercial" 455 myself.
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    Some 455 data from TractorData.com TractorData.com John Deere 455 tractor information

    I scanned it quick and didn't find any reference to "commercial". Probably a "customization" by owner as has been said. (Hey, I'd do it myself to one up my neighbor!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Some 455 data from TractorData.com TractorData.com John Deere 455 tractor information

    I scanned it quick and didn't find any reference to "commercial". Probably a "customization" by owner as has been said. (Hey, I'd do it myself to one up my neighbor!)
    I wouldn't use tractordata.com since that site isn't that accurate. I would check other references instead. In my experience I've seen too many false info on tractordata.
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    The 455's by design are commercial quality and were/are used by many professional mower operators. But, I've never seen one with that wording on them. Really doesn't matter though. It is one of the best tractors you could own. It sounds like it has the 60 inch deck. There were 3 decks available: 48, 54, and 60. The 60 was a completely different design and quite heavy duty. The hours you listed are very low. You can easily get 2000 hours out of one with minimal repair costs. The thing that seems to wear the most on these is the steering column (excessive play). So check that out. It's not too expensive to fix yourself, but you just about have to disassemble the whole tractor to do it. These tractors are simple to work on and extremely well designed for routine maintenance and implement attach/detach. You will be very pleased with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mo View Post
    I wouldn't use tractordata.com since that site isn't that accurate. I would check other references instead. In my experience I've seen too many false info on tractordata.
    It was the only quick place I could think of to look to help the OP. How about some other reference ideas I can replace TractorData.com with in my computer?
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    My guess is that the previous owner(s) added the "COMMERCIAL" decal as a way to get neighbors to quit pestering them to mow their lawns for free. Think of it as the reverse of the "NOT FOR HIRE" decals one sees on some trucks, namely toy haulers for those that can afford them.
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