My new to me 455 was delivered and I have several questions on operation etc.
1. The machine has a JD 40 FEL and a 54inch box scraper mounted to the 3 pt. hitch. When the bucket is raised and I try to dump the bucket in the raised position, the box blade also lowers to the ground. This makes it impossible to move back and forth while dumping to spread any material from the bucket. Is there a way to stop the 3 pt. from lowering while trying to dump the bucket?? Both the hitch and bucket dump operate from the same lever, so it appears.
2. The steering wanders a bit while moving on hard surfaces. Is there an adjustment possible in the steering gear to stop the wandering??
3. There's a small leak on the power steering piston. Is it a "major" job to 1st, replace the piston seals or 2nd, replace the piston? Naturally, I would want to use the most cost effective to complete the repair.
And last, I need to buy a 54 inch mower (used if at all possible) to install on the tractor. The serial number on the 455 is M00455020294 which I believe is a '93 model. I've looked at the replacement decks and at $1399 plus shipping that's difficult. As A last resort, then a 60 inch mower can be an option. Problem I have is knowing what serial numbers of mowers in 54 or 60 inch will correctly mate up with the '93 model.
Thanks for any advice and direction y'all can send me.