I bought a used manual on Ebay for about $40. it's factory, got grease and dirt on some of the pages and dog eared here and there, paid for it self quickly. I have been tempted to buy things from these home publishing houses but wouldn't want my work to be similarly mistreated so I go where it came from, same with cd's and movies.
If you want to buy operators and service manuals from Deere directly, you can use the link coaltrain provided.That all sounds great. And I do understand your position, even though, I dont completely agree with you.
1. Under copyright laws, when you purchase a published book, CD etc. it is for your personal use only. (unless you pay for additional license etc.) Your not supposed to resell or purchase used........
2. If a company would sell the manuals. (CD or PAPER) at a reasonable rate, especially for their older equipment, there would not be near the market in place for hacked copies.....
Sad to say, though, the way the markets are going, its going to get worse. We purchased a new Honda Passport.... No factory service manuals available to buy. Instead, you can pay an annual subscription of $300.00 to view online.
It seems some of these companies do not want us working on our own vehicles.
Just my opinion
Any chance you would share the PDF? Just acquired a JD 455 but needs some help, and a manual would be of use to me.The manual is invaluable for any piece of equipment and these tractors in particular. i have both the original paper manual I got with my 445 when I purchased it in 1994 and a PDF I found on line for free. Unfortunately it is to big to attach as an e-mail attachment and can only be uploaded to a Google Drive/One Drive or Drop Box type of folder.