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Hi Everyone, I'm David down in the Southern half of Georgia. I just picked up a '96 John Deere 855 compact tractor. It came with a Woods 72" 3 pt. finishing mower and 60" and 72" mid mount mower decks. The 60" deck is probably original with the tractor but is rusted out.

The 72" mid mount deck is solid but needs a few parts and I don't know what model it is. The serial number appears to be M00297X130407. Can the deck be identified for parts ordering purposes with just the serial number? I'm not having any luck getting a hit on the serial number. The data plate has the serial number an "72" CUT" and that's it. I've attached a couple pics of the 72" deck.

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David

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Use jdparts.com for the parts breakdown.

John Deere - Parts Catalog

using the link above, click 655, 755, 756, 855, 856 (4th one down), then click implement, then click the 50, 60, 72 inch deck, then sectional index.
Parts breakdown will be in the right and part numbers below. Hope that helps.

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Thanks Jake, I did find that site earlier but the problem I have is I don't know the origin of this 72" deck so I can't be certain that it is actually for a 855. This deck came from the brother of the friend of the man I bought the tractor from and he wasn't sure where it came from. I feel I can make it work but I want to order parts for the correct model deck.
 

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Ahh, I see the problem.
If you remove the gearbox and gearbox mount from the 60", does it line up with the mounts and pulley on the 72"?
 

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The gearbox mounting plates are different. I placed the 72" gearbox along side the 60" to illustrate. Both are offset slightly to the right so the 72" should line up with the mid PTO OK.

The brackets for the lift straps on the 72" are on 28.5" centers and 16.5" centers on the 60". I have the lift straps for the 60" which are straight. In the drawings on the link you provided you can see that the lift straps for the 72" are dog legged so maybe that is not an issue. The issue is the cost of the lift straps for the 72" (which I don't have) so I may have to do some MacGyvering to make it work.

The decks are also wider by about 6" from front to back and the sheaves on the 72" take a wider belt.

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Thanks Jake, I did find that site earlier but the problem I have is I don't know the origin of this 72" deck so I can't be certain that it is actually for a 855. This deck came from the brother of the friend of the man I bought the tractor from and he wasn't sure where it came from. I feel I can make it work but I want to order parts for the correct model deck.
It is highly likely the serial number is a 72" MMM for a 755, 855 or 955. GFP has an option to enter a model number; The first 6 digits/characters are the model number. The remaining are the serial number, which will confirm the year.

John Deere Compact Utility Tractor Parts at Discount Prices will take you directly to the sub-assembly diagrams for the serial number you provided and it appears to be a 1994 model.

Good luck!
 

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It is highly likely the serial number is a 72" MMM for a 755, 855 or 955. GFP has an option to enter a model number; The first 6 digits/characters are the model number. The remaining are the serial number, which will confirm the year.

John Deere Compact Utility Tractor Parts at Discount Prices will take you directly to the sub-assembly diagrams for the serial number you provided and it appears to be a 1994 model.

Good luck!
Can't thank you enough. Now I know what I have and can begin getting some parts together. I'll probably need a manual also since I have no idea how to install it on the tractor. I'll even need a 3 point boom to get it off the saw horses which will give me a good excuse to buy one of those. It's unbelievably heavy.
 
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