Thinking about getting into the business here in Baton Rouge, Hammond, or Covington (I have a place I can stay at either city so gas wont be an issue) mowing/edging/blowing residential. Nothing over 1/2 acre or so most likely. I will be starting next season even though we have probably another good 2-3 months of work here. I need some educating on ZTR's and WB's though and that's why I'm here. I was thinking about getting a 48" or so WB w/ sulky for the front lawns and then getting a smaller ZTR for back yards. I might do the opposite also. Kind of depends on the cost of the package. WB's: What is the difference between the gear driven and hydrostatic? Is it a huge difference in speed or is it just in feel? Or is it something completely different? It seems to me that a WB would be very inefficient as a mower to get in and out quick unless you had a sulky of some sort. Opinions on sulky's to get? Any other tips on WB's? ZTR's: What should I look out for? I have heard horrible things about Briggs and Stratton motors for my entire life. Every one that my dad and step dad have owned have taken a massive dump on us within 2 years or so even with maintenance. I was looking at Hustler, eXmark, graveley, and dixie chopper ($$$$$ but pretty quick). What would y'all suggest in the ZTR's? Any other tips you guys would have for me on equipment to buy and what is good to buy or what is something I need to watch out for would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!