My question is what is the tractor's primary job going to be? I have a 455 john deere myself. When I brought my tractor it was to make it ezaier on me to do smaller landscaping jobs. I have everything but a tiller and power flow bagger. Plus on the tractor engine good for about 4500 hours if taken care of. Lots of power for most jobs and better cutting of thick lawns and most rough cuts. Downside limited loader lifting 300 pounds. But most of my jobs are moving mulch and lite stones. Like you I have another John Deere which is a 285 model which I have everything which I use in my business which my 455 lacks. I'm looking at replacing my 455 with a 1000 series which comes with everything that I can use in my business and gives me some more growing room but at the same time it keeps me in a larger mowing tractor for my larger properties which I like. Some if this helps since I was down that road twenty years ago when I started my business.
Last edited by round about; 10-04-2013 at 12:08 PM.