Im 17. I was in the exact same boat. I saved my money and bought a used John Deere HD45 Walk behind. I also used my homeowner version echo and my dad's craftsman leaf blower. Spend the money and get a commercial hand held equipment. The begining of the season the craftsman blower broke (randomly blew a ring lol) from there I didn't hold back. As soon as I got the $500 I got a redmax EBZ8000 BP blower. No regrets and it will pay for it's self this fall alone. Next spring I will get a redmax String trimmer. PM me if you have any questions.