I have been mowing and have loved it for years and after my daughter was born, I decided to make a business of it and let the wife stay home to be mom. I will be a part timer with my goal is 20 lawn accounts for the 1st year. There are two types of properties that are in the area I will be mowing,Lee county FL. The 1st are the houses that had to be elevated 5,6,7 feet above road level so they are borderline moutains. Well over 33 degree angles on all sides. The size is roughly quarter acre lots to half acre lots. The second size lawns are in the new developments, some gated communities, that have really small side yards. I have also called the fence companies and they said that the smallest gates going in here are 36". I have been reading LS for a month now and have visited all of the local dealers. I have narrowed my brands down to Exmark or Wright standers. Both are at respected dealers that offer good service. The exmark I was eyeing is a 48"Lazer HP with a 19hp kaw for 6500.00. It is an early 2005, and the dealer is telling me he is nocking off $699.00 to reach that price. I then went over to the Wright dealer. They have all of the Standers for 18% off allowing me to get a 52" 23 hp Kaw for about $5500. I demo'd and like both. Is the Exmark worth $1500 more for possibly a smaller unit? The $6500 is really alll I can afford for the mower Since I have to buy other equipment. Would I be better off going for a Stander 36 or going with a Stander 48 or 52 and buying a smaller commercial WB? The only other decision is for the trimmers ext. Stihl, Husqvarna or Redmax? Thanks for any input .