I don't know if you are just starting out or not. It seems like from you post you are in at least your 2nd year. Are you planning on staying in the business? First year bought a used mower and it worked well. My 2nd year I bought a used mower. It was a disaster. Cost more to repair than it was worth. Ended up junking it and buying a new one on a 48 month low interest loan. Best thing I ever did. Buying another one on credit this year. You can certainly buy a good used mower. But for me it is not worth the risk. I buy new with warrantee.