Model year: 1998Date Purchased: 2016-03-01Number of Hours: 850
"Before I tell what I paid for my tractor, please understand that the guy that sold it to me didn't know the value or even want the tractor! It belonged to his father who recently passed away. He was selling everything cheap as heck.
The Tractor had been sitting about a year. The tires would hold air but were dry rotted. So far, So good. The 72-inch belly mower needed some welding repair to one pulley mount.
But overall it was in pretty good condition. The 70A loader works great, And the 5-foot box blade with root forks was new. I went there wanting to buy a log splitter. Instead, I (stole) bought the 955 tractor. So here is the price. I offered $1000, He wanted $1500, We settled on $1200. I paid in cash and have put over 100 hours in the last year on it. I've done things with this little tractor that I've never done with bigger tractors. I'll never sell and am going tomorrow to buy myself a 5-foot bush hog for it.
I feel very blessed that I got such a great tractor for such a great price. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Does everything I've wanted to doCons: The loader doesn't lift as much as I want, not very fastType of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA FLI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Oldie, but Goodie
by eric colby
Model year: 1996Date Purchased: 2013-08-10Number of Hours: 850
"Because it was a 2nd tractor, with front end loader, I couldn't justify paying much, and paid $6,500. Low hours, but had seen hard work, and poor maintenance (grease fittings dry and pivot points worn). But it's been a Trojan.
Greased it up, tended to all maintenance areas. Starts right up, super strong FEL. Ratings are based on it being a 25 years old machine, with features down rated, because newer tractors (including my Kubota B3200) have smoother, more operator friendly, features. Other reviewers feel 955 one of the best tractors Deere made. I don't know, but I'm happy with it."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Strong FEL.Cons: No clutch for shifting into/out of 4 wheel drive, or hi-lo range.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA VAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Good Green Machine
by Shady oak
Model year: 1998Date Purchased: 2012-10-11Number of Hours: 1242
"Good machine but hard to start under 20 degrees."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Excellent tractor.Cons: Starts a poorly under 20 degrees.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MNI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
1997 John Deere 955
by Steve Huls
Model year: 1997Date Purchased: 2002-04-01Number of Hours: 450
"I bought this 5 year old tractor with 75 hours on it from the original owner in 2002. Tractor came with 70A loader, turf tires and 60" mid mount mower.
Tractor has been used for installing and maintaining a 6 acre lawn, some light duty brush hogging and light (1-3") snowfalls using a 7' back blade on my 1/4 mile driveway. I doubt that I will ever sell this tractor as it is so handy and user friendly to operate.
Tractor is stable on slopes and very fuel efficient. The mechanical "feel" of the hydro transmission is excellent. The engine is rated at 33 hp and the tractor only weighs 2000 pounds. With unfilled turfs, traction is sometimes less than great, especially clearing snow with the back blade.
The only repairs have been a tachometer cable replacement and replacing one headlamp. The tachometer cable cost less than $20 and took less than 15 minutes to replace. That's it for repairs. Of course there are the normal oil and fluid changes. I bought a second set of turf wheels and tires 2 years ago because the price was right and they are hard to find.
The tractor is in absolute mint condition and just a pleasure to own and operate. In 2006, I purchased a new cab 3720/300CX to handle the bigger tasks and snow removal. The 3720 has been rock solid and with 350 hours on it I have not had a single repair."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Power, ease of use, reliability.Cons: A little light for some tasks, replacement tires can be hard to find.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA MNI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 955
by STEVE THRALL
Model year: 1999Date Purchased: 1999-12-01Number of Hours: 450
"This tractor has performed excellent. I have a few attachments---front end loader, backhoe, Wallenstein wood chipper, rear blade, landscape rake and a homemade cab I built out of a golf cart enclosure (works great for winter snow removal).
The tractor has never had any issues except for two hydraulic lines I had to replace on the loader. All in all, I don't think I could have found a better tractor for my needs. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Excellent size and quality.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 955---All Season Tool
by Jerry Palmer
Model year: 1992Date Purchased: 1994-06-03Number of Hours: 3000
"My family bought a slightly used 1992 model 955 back in 1994 to use for mowing our large and very steep lawn, as well as snow blowing our approximately 1/4 mile long driveway.
This tractor has been a beast for all those years, with no major and very few minor mechanical issues. With a 72" mower deck and the (I think) 60" front mounted blower, it's been an all season tool that has earned its keep well.
When we bought it, there was no front end loader. I searched for years to find a 70A loader and finally got one in very lightly used and excellent shape. That really completed the machine, and I imagine we'll keep this in the family for many more years to come. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great size for mowing large and steep lawns. With loaded tires and 4WD, it's very stable and has great traction on steep lawn.Cons: A little loud especially while mowing. With ear protection this isn't a problem.Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by F.A. Hearn
Model year: 1996Date Purchased: 2013-09-25Number of Hours: 744
"Tough little tractor, has a 70A loader new paint job. Tires are about 80%. Has performed very well. Perfect for the work that I need it for."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Compact tractor with all the bells whistles.Cons: None so far.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA ALI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
JD 955 Does What Needs to Be Done
by Glenn Ruis
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2010-09-25Number of Hours: 880
"I farm two acres of pick your own strawberries and 2 acres of squash and pumpkins. Also snow blow about a mile and a half of private road and 10 driveways in the winter. The 955 does everything I ask it to do."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Tight turning, power.Cons: Had worn out turf tires on when I bought it. Wanted to put on Ag tires. The dealer said they can't get them anymore so ended up with skid steer tires on it. They work but the lugs are not as high as they would be with Ag tires so I am sure I don't have the traction I could have.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MNI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Perfect Tractor for Me
Model year: 1999Date Purchased: 1999-07-20Number of Hours: 500
"Great tractor, very little problems. I use it for clearing, mowing, some ground work and snow plowing. It is a bit light and I wish the FEL had a bit more capacity, but it has been one of the best investments I have ever made.
Had one problem where the ground strap to the engine broke and starter current was returning through the throttle cable, which was weird, but easy to fix. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable, excellent build quality, great for yard work.Cons: Sometimes too light for pulling/pushing. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NJI also considered buying: John Deere 750, Ford 8N REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
John Deere 955
Model year: 1999Date Purchased: 1999-01-01Number of Hours: 465
"This has been a great tractor. I don't use it on a daily basis but when I do it has always done the job. I have attachments to do most anything I need.
Loader, backhoe, 72" mower deck, rear blade, landscape rake, bucket forks [homemade],soft cab [homemade]. This tractor has been great for maintaining the property and is just a lot of fun."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Medium size, good power, hydro transmission, quality.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MII also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS