I've gained as much 12-15 new but also lost up to 5. I'd wait till next year. And since you're just now starting out, BIGGER is not better. A 44"-48" mower is great.
All equipment is wore out.
<- Never mind. All equipment has been repainted and with new decals. It's like I have new mower's again!
48" Ferris WB
36" Ferris WB
All Echo hand helds
<- That's how I feel at the end of the day.