Hi... my name is Phil and I just came across this site the other day. Wow!! lots you can learn on this site. I am 16 years old and I am on my fourth year mowing lawns. I started out with an MTD (not self-driven) 5 hp lawn mower, a weedeater, and broom. Sold the MTD and was given a rear wheel driven mower. Last year I bought a new craftsman 6.75 hp push mower and a 32cc trimmer that I love and also a craftsman blower. The beginning of this year I bought a rear engine Toro 8 hp 25" deck. I have a 3x4 trailer that I haul behind my rider. I keep my push mower, blower, and trimmer in it (all of my jobs are in my neighborhood until I get my license in Feb.) I just bought a nice 95 4x4 Ranger and a 5x8 trailer for the ranger(I can't wait to use it next year ). My dad has a 38" JD that he says he will let me barrow when I get my license. I am thinking of getting a larger riding mower in a year or 2 (42-48"). I would also like to get a new blower and some advice would be nice on the mower and blower, something under $250 would be good(can't decide between a backpack or hand-held). Also looking at a new or used chainsaw. I am debating a stihl or echo on the chainsaw and want a 14 or 16" bar. I have an 18" bar right now and it is more that what I need.