where im at i believe the limit to your grass is 8 in's bfore the city will mow it for you... this and the forclosed homes get mowed at 8 inches (sometimes 9-10", maybe more, wether a neighbor calls and complains). when the city mows a forclosed home, it is leaned against the house... if youre a bum who doesnt mow your own then ive heard that its $75/hr if the city does it....plus a friend who's has rentals around here said that theres also an administration fee along with it which makes each mow well over $200/lawn. (not sure bout that, but i believe the 75$ is correct) What the city does is that you go to the city office and place bids. they call you and the best price wins.... these are about a 1/4 acre lots most gated, and nuthn bigger than 35" usually to get in the back yrd. you also have to bag the grass clippings... my customers i charge 25$ usually.. and some people have been doin it for $20 under contract for this neighborhood.. ..... the forclosed homes for the city, ive heard get done from anywhere from $45 to $55/lawn... you must also take a picture of the lawn to show them the grass was bagged... also its city.. so you have to feel out the paper work and may be a couple months+ before youre payed. I was thinking about doin them this yr, but would hate to take new equipment on these lawns.... plust for the back yard, the best you could do is a 32" wb... could get a gravely 34z or a wrightstander 32" but these run around $4k+ and youd just be trashing them on these lawns. was considering investing into a down and out wb and maybe putting the biggest briggs i could fit on one (does this sound like a good idea, and has anyone ever put a bigger engine on a 32".. can this be done??) also considering the cheaper wb's such as bradley and husgv (if they make 32's) with a grass gobbler.. i have a place to dump the grass. another consideration is the sanpper rear engine riders 33" cut.. they run about $1000- 1200$s, but not sure about a bagger and how easy to remove from in order to get through gates. what would you do??? any suggestions on how to mow them or the equipment to use, or just stay away?? this is my 1st yr commercial so any business is good business.