My first mower was owned by the little old lady down the street, I was about 10 if I remember right it was a snapper. Well I guess really my first mower was my fathers western auto self prop and the Massy Ferg tractor with a brush hog on back for the fields.
When I first started in biz I got a Troybuilt 3.5 hp from lowes for 80 bucks and my landlord gave me a weedeater, stole the broom out of the kitchen and loaded in all into my wife's (then girlfriend) 1982 Datson 310 Hatchback. Put some posters up at the grocery store and started getting work. Saved up $400 and bought a 1978 Chevy 1/2 ton gave it a quick paint job with auto touch up paint. Eventually traded that truck for a newer model,, a 1979 3/4 ton.