I purchased a JD 318 with bucket loader and 48" mower deck and bag collection system. I bought it April 2011 and I have not had the best of luck with it since I've had it. The person I purchased it from said he would set me up right with the tractor and after the last 9 months of phone calls and trying to get him to come out and help me. I am giving up on him and going to one of the best sources for DIY'ers and that is a forum. Because I am new to JD tractors I want to make sure I am doing things right and the best way to get advise is from experts that own the machines.
:Welcome: Good to have you here on MTF. I had the same setup you have but I found that a 318 with the loader and another with the mower deck is the way to go. To much trouble changing and I am always using the loader. Enjoy!