Thanks for the intro and good luck!! Yes, I know Ken Lavoie - dealt with him several times over the years and he's a great guy. By now I'm pretty sure he doesn't do ANYTHING but sub out work but he ran a good business. I only bought one Ferris and that was a new wb my second year. It was a fine mower, but just not a good fit for our needs. I only put like 100 hrs on it and sold it - dealers are FAR from my area. I totally understand your desire to work outdoors with your hands - I did a stint in the military and then in law enforcement (got MOST of the p*** and vinegar out of my system) before I finally found that this is what I enjoy most. Good luck and feel free to ask questions anytime!!