Originally Posted by Highestoffives
I'm looking everywhere. I've seen the mowers your talking about, they would be a heck of a drive for me. I actually have a line on a super clean 455 with 1300hrs, going to look at it Saturday.
As for gas or diesel I don't have a preference, this would be my first diesel though.
1300 hours are acceptable on a Yanmar Diesel.
PTO, 3 point hitch drive up the value, All Wheel Steer, AWS is also available on 455's.
I don't see many 48" decks on 455's, 60" is somewhat standard, 54" are also available.
The 60" deck weighs in at 300 pounds alone.
There are a lot of parts available, new and used but they are $$$$.
The plastic hood and sides are one weak point as is the instrument cluster, look these items over closely.
As for the diesel, you will really like it, power steering is great also.
You may want to brush up on the 455 some, look here
TractorData.com John Deere 455 tractor information
I saw one guy trying to sell a 2004 year, impressive as they were only made from 1993 to 2001.