First off- I can't believe how hard the decision was between the X304 and the X324. I mean, I felt like I was buying a $50,000.00 car. Back and forth a million times, measuring this and that. The dealer probably hated me (until today). Anyway, I went with the X324 for a few reasons. First and foremost is the quality of the deck. It is hands down a much beefier deck. And you know, I just don't feel right spending thousands more for a tractor that has the same deck as a LA series! Second, I like the fact that the X324 has the K58 gearbox vs. the K46 in the X304. I also got the mulching kit and the front bumper. I will probably get the PF bagger in the fall. Well, it's supposed to be delivered on Friday. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas day.