Got me wondering too. I've been following this fourm for a while now and finding it invaluble to us "wanna-bes". Like Dingo, I'm considering getting into the biz but I'm looking at purchasing a new grasshopper for around 14k. plus new other equipment. I need everything but the truck (which is new but still making payments). Accordding to my business plan so far I need aprox. 17-18k. I have no experience but have the luxury of time to try to make this work.(no money mind you, just time). Am I nuts?<p>(p.s) My thinking is I need the grasshopper or a tractor for winter work. I live in the Great Lakes region. Thanks to all you guys.