Sure sign of spring is when the 445 comes out of hiding. Since my grandfather passed, my folks sold their rental properties, and I married my favorite cougar, the mowing duties of the 445 came to an end. The purchase of a X728 with a cab took the snow blowing job away from the 445 as well. So now she just makes a yearly appearance to pull the roller around.
I also committed a grave sin in the John Deere world. I had to settle for a local hardware store HWI/NAPA/BetterHomesandGardens/Kraft/BiggbyCoffee replacement battery. The John Deere Strongbox would not hold a charge anymore and I lost count on how many of those I have purchased. Even with a tender. Plus, the nearest Deere dealer is better than a half hour drive one way.
I looked the machine over and noticed one of the air cleaner bolts was missing. I looked all over the engine bay. How did that thing come out? Is there enough room with the hood closed for it to escape? The machine only has 320 hours on it when she hit the sun yesterday.