As a "casual user" of equipment it's not uncommon for me to use a machine only a few hours a year. While low hours means that your machine lasts longer, I have found that letting it sit brings its own kinds of problems. Now I am moving in another direction, rebuilding a machine to replace my old one, that will also be rebuilt. Generally a skid-steer loader for me ends up being a trailer mover, tree trimming platform, engine puller, mulch mover, and insurance for a natural disaster. ( My old Bobcat saved my parent's house from a fallen tree) A friend I have not seen for a while has purchased a tree service, and has several commercial customers. Every summer involves a tree trimming and mulching schedule. He was using a bobcat service from time to time, but have found them to be unreliable, and the company at one time owned a skid-steer, which caught fire due to lack of maintenance. Most of the work they do involves trimming low-hanging branches, chipping them and distributing the mulch. Generally the work is done by hand but larger tree removal or mulch spreading benefits from a skid steer loader. He has been trying to convince me to take on the occasional weekend work, which would bring some extra money. We are exploring the legal side of this but in terms of equipment use it seems to make sense. All mulch is chipped and used on site. No digging or heavy pushing, just picking up branches and distributing mulch like I do at home. The work is from June-October usually. Does this seem like a good idea, or is it better to just let the Bobcats sit under the tarps when not in use?