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    How are the 445 JD for mowing and blowing?

    I have an X570 with blower and bagger but have the chance to possibly pickup a JD445 with blower and mower in mint condition. Waiting for the price but wanted to get some ideas about how they are for blowing and mowing. Only mowing about an acre.


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    Okay just found out the deck is shot and being told they are hard to find. Any idea about where to find a deck for the 445.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcook99 View Post
    Okay just found out the deck is shot and being told they are hard to find. Any idea about where to find a deck for the 445.
    Give these guys a call. They have a HUGE garden tractor salvage yard with racks full of hundreds of used JD mower decks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcook99 View Post
    Okay just found out the deck is shot and being told they are hard to find. Any idea about where to find a deck for the 445.


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    Depends where you are. A few decks sold around here this summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcook99 View Post
    Okay just found out the deck is shot and being told they are hard to find. Any idea about where to find a deck for the 445.


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    Deck is shot? What exactly does that mean?

    Saw a 60" shell for sale on Craigslist and saw several 60" and 54" used decks also. (Wisconsin)

    The deck is pretty heavy duty so I can't imagine it is rusted out, especially since you say it's in such good shape. All the deck parts should be available and it's worth fixing.

    The 445 is a great tractor. Very capable. In my opinion far superior to any X500 or X300 modern tractors.
    Blows snow great and also cuts like a golf course.
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    How are the 445 JD for mowing and blowing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randog View Post
    Deck is shot? What exactly does that mean?

    Saw a 60" shell for sale on Craigslist and saw several 60" and 54" used decks also. (Wisconsin)

    The deck is pretty heavy duty so I can't imagine it is rusted out, especially since you say it's in such good shape. All the deck parts should be available and it's worth fixing.

    The 445 is a great tractor. Very capable. In my opinion far superior to any X500 or X300 modern tractors.
    Blows snow great and also cuts like a golf course.
    My x475 deck has little time left. It surprised me with the amount of rot I found this spring. I bought it late summer and it had leave chunks, ice and snow all over it when I took it off and mounted the blower.






    Yes a 445 is great at these tasks. The x475 is a 425 with new plastic for the most part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydplrs View Post
    My x475 deck has little time left. It surprised me with the amount of rot I found this spring. I bought it late summer and it had leave chunks, ice and snow all over it when I took it off and mounted the blower.

    Yes a 445 is great at these tasks. The x475 is a 425 with new plastic for the most part.
    My 60" deck on the 445 was more on par with a 7 iron deck. Much heavier gauge than a 54c or 62c.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randog View Post
    My 60" deck on the 445 was more on par with a 7 iron deck. Much heavier gauge than a 54c or 62c.
    Yes they are. Since the 400 days the 60 was a heavy duty, fast but quality cut option.

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    I had a 445 with 54" deck in early 2000's. Great running and cutting lawn tractor. Loved it! Never had a snowblower or blade attached...sold in 2005 when we moved to the city.

    As with any used equipment, depends on hours and use/abuse. I would not hesitate to get a 445 again.
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    I am kind of curious as to how this went from an "excellent condition" machine to a "shot deck" machine, as they are at opposite ends of the condition spectrum.

    As far as capabilities, as others said, this machine is very heavy duty and very capable. They are starting to get long in the tooth so expect issues such as seals to possibly drip and other such older machine issues. Also, the steering cylinders, if they are leaking, are about a $400 part, so be aware of that and alternative sources are quite tough to locate ( I could never find one).

    There are some of these machines for sale in my area, in fact a 455 with just 500 original hours on it. The mower decks are pretty easily found as there are a lot of them in use from the 425, 445 and 455 machine's. Be careful with any used decks as the gearbox is very expensive, around $600 to $800, depending upon the source.

    Also you want to be positive that the deck fits, as it might not always be the case, so check the serial numbers. Always check the spindles carefully to make sure they don't need to be replaced or have the bearings swapped out as this can make a "good deal" go south very quickly.

    Keep in mind that a rusty deck might be worth salvaging the gear box and spindles off it if the parts are in good shape. Just because the deck shell is rusty doesn't mean the expensive components aren't worth salvaging or at least saving off the old deck before it is pitched. Even the PTO shaft used has value. So if you do buy such an item, don't throw away the old deck without salvaging the parts of value. It can help you recover your costs for the tractor and deck unit.
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