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    How many hours are to many?

    Hi I'm looking at a JD 455 with 1600 hours on it. The tractor seems to be in good shape from his pictures. He says it has no issues. The only thing i see wrong is mismatched front tires. How many hours do these tractors normally go without major issues? I would be using it to mow a couple acres a week as i have a 2018 1025R for tilling and snow removal etc. I appreciate any comments. Kent
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    I am by no means an authority on tractor hours but, as a general rule of thumb with cars and trucks, you multiply hours X 35 to get a guesstimate on the mileage.
    So your 1600 hours to me would translate to 57,600 miles which to me, wouldn't be that terrible. Factoring in that the engine in the 455 is water cooled,then if he is truthful that he has not had any major issues, Id feel comfortable with the knowledge that you still have plenty of life left in the old gal.
    From the info I gather online, your tractor is between a 1992-2001 which puts it at ballpark of 20 years old. So he put on roughly 2800 miles a year or 80 hours per year. To me that isnt extreme at all and if the price is right, might be a heck of a deal.
    But I am hoping someone more familiar with this machine can better guide you.

    hope this info helps a little in your decision making.

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    The yanmar can go 3-5000 hours, or significantly less if not cared for. Pretty much the same for the transaxle.

    At 1600 hours the only consideration is how it’s been treated.
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    FYI - I bought a tractor with mismatched front tires and found the only way to get a level cut was to set the tire pressure by measuring the height of the rims. If i set the tire pressure to equal psi, the tractor did not ride or cut level. I finally replaced the tire but seting to equal height was a good short term solution.
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    I'm going to look at the 455 Saturday. It states in his ad that the fluids have just been changed but i'll never know how it was treated for the past 20 years.
    I agree about the different tires making it hard to level a deck. I'm way to OCD to leave it that way if i buy the tractor.
    Thanks for your comments Guys. Kent
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    I would say 5000 hours for diesel, longer if well maintained.

    On my 285 one front tire wore out at about 1000 hours and 25 years, the other the next year.
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    Fluids just changed has flipper written all over it. History will be a true unknown, and personally I wouldn’t ask, as many will flat out lie to get a sale. Inspect closely if the seller wasn’t the owner and user.
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    Went to check out the 455 today. Very nice couple who moved to the maritimes from Ontario a couple years ago.He cut 2 acres and blew the snow for the last 16 years with it. His friend was selling a X748 last year so he upgraded to FWD.
    It starts and runs nice with no smoke after start up.Mismatched front tires and a tiny bit of play in the middle deck spindle is all i could find wrong with it. I haven't checked the serial number yet but he thought it was built the first year they made 455"s. I'l check it out closer tomorrow when i unload it. Long day of driving. Later Kent
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    Wheel weights
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    JD 25 gal tow behind sprayer
    JD tow behind fertilizer spreader
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    Home made 3 pt A frame with suitcase weight bracket and trailer hitch
    48 inch Taylor Way tiller
    Cub Cadet s: 1772,1872, 1806, 1050, 128, 100,and Original 33914.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kennell View Post
    Hi I'm looking at a JD 455 with 1600 hours on it. The tractor seems to be in good shape from his pictures. He says it has no issues. The only thing i see wrong is mismatched front tires. How many hours do these tractors normally go without major issues? I would be using it to mow a couple acres a week as i have a 2018 1025R for tilling and snow removal etc. I appreciate any comments. Kent
    Why not just get a mower deck for the 1025R instead of another machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by celltech View Post
    Why not just get a mower deck for the 1025R instead of another machine?
    I did buy the 60 inch MMM with my 1025, but rather not have the hassle of putting deck on and off weekly.
    For the last decade or longer i used a Cub Cadet 982 with a loader and a 1772 for grass cutting and snow removal.I sold the 982 with loader and the 1025 was bought to replace it. I'm enjoying the 4 WD over the 982's 2WD. I cut alot of grass and my 1772 is getting alot of hours on it so i thought if i had a 455 parts are readily available for it than the 1772 which was only made 1 year. thanks Kent
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    JD1025R and 455
    120R loader with Kens Bolt on hooks and Edge tammers
    Wheel weights
    60D auto connect MMM
    JD 25 gal tow behind sprayer
    JD tow behind fertilizer spreader
    Home made pallet forks
    Home made 3 pt A frame with suitcase weight bracket and trailer hitch
    48 inch Taylor Way tiller
    Cub Cadet s: 1772,1872, 1806, 1050, 128, 100,and Original 33914.
    Big tractors: IH 1066 with 2350 loader, Farmall M, Universal or Long 350.
    Chainsaws: Husqvarna 2-XP357's, XP254,and a 51

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