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455 Deck Hanging Issues

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Since this is my first post, I first want to just give a quick "hello" to everyone..It looks like I've found a great resource for any problems with my JD....

Ok, I am having problems with getting my front Deck Hanger/Draft Arms, etc... to hook into the large hooks on the front of my mower attachment. No matter what I've tried so far, it seems that I am just 2-3 inches short of being able to properly connect the hanger to the mower. The back is held on just fine, it's just the front that's the problem. Any suggestions on what I should look at/check before I call for a JD mobile repair unit to take a look? Thanks!
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I think JD refers to the part as the front draft arm. Have you had the mower on your tractor before so you know it has the correct arm? When I put the deck on my 445, I leave it completely lowered and connect the links to the large hooks. The draft arms work on an over-center arrangement. If you insert the cross shaft of the pivot on the front into the hooks on the front of the tractor, you should be able to secure the lock by moving toward the rear. I am envious. I still have the blade and chains on my tractor waiting for the next snow.
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