The John Deere 455 tractor is powered by a Yanmar 22 HP diesel engine and packs a lot of power. Commonly referred to as the "Cadillac" of the John Deere line, the 455's are pure iron workhorses. Manufactured from 1993 to 2001, the 455 should not be compared with the consumer tractors you see in Home Depot and similar stores today. Its heavy duty frame packs an engine and hardware that you just don't see in recently produced models. For the farmer/homeowner/rural dweller, Deere's 455 can handle any job you throw at it. The engine is liquid cooled, allowing extended use time without breaking a sweat.
One clear and convenient advantage of the John Deere 455 is its ability to accept any exterior attachments. This includes front-end loaders, which can be extremely useful. Three point hitches are available, allowing maximum flexibility of attachments. Power steering, a tilt steering wheel and cruise control are just some of the features to keep operators comfortable during long jobs. The backbone of the tractor is a heavy-duty robotically welded frame. Powerful wet-disc brakes have no trouble stopping suddenly or on inclines.
The John Deere 415 is equipped with a Yanmar diesel engine (model 3TNA72UJ3). The engine is basically 22 horsepower of liquid cooled goodness, able to handle jobs that most other tractors can't. This includes but is not limited to: hauling, grass trimming, snow blowing and hoeing. It's fueled by an ample 6.5 gallon fuel tank. The three cylinders have a displacement of 53.44 ci with a rated RPM of 3350.
The John Deere 455 tractor can handle large tracts of grass with no problem. A 54 inch mower deck comes standard, but 48 and 60 inch decks are optional upgrades.
The hydrostatic transmission has infinite forward and reverse capabilities. With the standard 26 inch rear ties, the 455 has a maximum forward speed of 8.5 MPH and a reverse speed of 4.25 MPH. Oil capacity is 7 quarts with front steering and 6 quarts with the all-wheel steering models (optional). The transmission takes John Deere Low-Viscosity HY-GARD J20D oil. No-clutch shifting results in smooth operation and added comfort for the operator.
Power Take Off (PTO)
The John Deere 455 tractor features hydraulic mid PTO on all models with an RPM of 2000. Rear Power Take Off is optional and has an RPM of 540.
Electrical systems are powered by a single 12 volt battery with 470 cold-cranking amps. It is charged with a 20 amp alternator.
Power steering is included on all models, serving to make it a lot easier to turn the tractor. Power steering works on both front and all-wheel steering models. The tilt steering wheel can be adjusted to accommodate operators of different heights. Cruise control comes in handy for those long stretches of grass fields to cut, eliminating the need to keep your foot on the gas pedal. The cabin is open, but can be supplemented with a detachable operator's cabin.