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JD 455 - ??? any front end mower that utilize the quick hitch???

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All - I'm 67 years old and my JD 455 is 23 years old - sweet machine! I'm getting to the point where it is tough to crawl under the tractor to hook up the belly mower deck each spring (and remove it each fall!). I have the slick little front-end quick connect for the snow blade and I was wondering if any of you folks might know of a Deere or an after-market mower that would hook up in the front of the JD 455 and take advantage of the front-end quick connect feature? Thanks!
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I've searched a lot for Quik Tatch accessories but so far other than blade, snowblower, snowthrower, broom and the after market grapple I've not found much more.

I plan on eventually building myself a kit of reel mowers, 2 of which will be in front of the tractor to clear the wheel's path and 3 more under my tractor. This will probably be way lighter than the mid mowers.

Otherwise do you have a 3 points hitch? 3points mowers are quite common and some mid mount mowers are easy to convert to 3points.
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I think you would have problems steering especially trimming a lawn. Even with a heavier 4WD machine and rear wheel steering on my front mow, it often takes a little bit to get the mower's casters to get in line when stopping starting or making hard cuts. If you are just mowing and moving snow, I'd look at something like a F935 or one of the diesel front mow 4WDs (F1145/1445) if your lawn can handle the weight. The front mow space in a more traditional GT seems to have been locked up pretty good for a long time by Steiner.

That all said, what you are asking about has been done but I think all the ones I have seen were fabricated:

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What about just paying your dealer to come out each spring and fall to switch out the mower and blower? They could even service it at the same time.
Thanks cnymowinplowinsailin! Yes, we just had the Denver Western Stock Show and I'm looking to get one of the used Rodeo tractors that would fit the needs. And so far, fabrication looks like the only option! I was hoping someone had already tackled this.....
Thanks celltech! I hadn't thought of that, but it may be an option. I'm in rural Colorado and the nearest dealer is about 40 minutes, but they might be affordable and willing!
Thanks MacWorld! I like the 3-point rear mower idea, but haven't done any research on that at all! Time to get started on that!
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