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    New JD 318 Owner in NC

    Just picked up a 1988 JD 318 on Monday, enjoying it very much so far. It has the 50in deck, 960 hrs, and has been well taken care of for sure. I have the oil filter air gasket on the way and a set of gator blades just showed up today, otherwise all the fluids are fresh and clear!

    I'm an engineer by trade, but will do all my own work on the tractor so looking forward to digging in to this fantastic piece of machinery as time goes on.

    A few pics, because let's be honest that's what you guys want to see!
    Also, here's a video link of mowing right after getting it home.

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    Nice machine you got there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniHomesteader View Post
    Nice machine you got there!
    Thank you! The gentleman who had it before me had it for a long time and took good care of it. A few spots have been repainted, but when it was done they took enough time to remove loose pieces and any rust prior to putting the new paint on.
    1988 JD 318 - 50in Deck

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    Very nice machine? If you get stuck with issue, the guys here knowledgeable willing to help. Enjoy it.
    John J.
    '67 112 '69 112H-project waiting to happen '72 110 - daily worker w/ 39 deck, 43 blade, 37A blower '73 140 H3 w/ deck
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    Quote Originally Posted by lt230s View Post

    Very nice machine? If you get stuck with issue, the guys here knowledgeable willing to help. Enjoy it.
    Appreciate it! Saw a ton of info here when learning what to look for on the 318 before buying, decided when I got something worthwhile that I'd better join up here.

    Huge step up from the Craftsman T1600 I had before it too
    1988 JD 318 - 50in Deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhager4692 View Post
    From an owner of two John Deere 318. (A 1983 and a 1986)
    Thanks! Sounds like a nice pair, wish I had room for two!!
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    Nice looking tractor!! This forum has plenty of helpful and knowledgeable folks, so chime in with any questions you may have...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckv View Post


    Nice looking tractor!! This forum has plenty of helpful and knowledgeable folks, so chime in with any questions you may have...

    Chuck
    Thank you, definitely will do.

    the whole yard today and didn't hear any issues with the flyball. Definitely want to get those gator blades on to get a bit more throw, but otherwise this thing mows even the deep stuff effortlessly!
    1988 JD 318 - 50in Deck

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