Hello everyone. New to the site. Very nice source of information. this modern age.... Anyway, I was in the business years back. I did pathology, chemical application, installation/design and of course maintenance when I was younger. Made enough money I bought a self storage facility. The problem is, the storage is full, the bills are paid and I am bored. I live in a resort/retirement community. There are quite a few lawn services in the area, but most of them do shabby work and there is the inevitable flash in the pan guys with the beat up 1970 Chevy and the MTD push mowers. Lots of grass and shrubs being neglected around these parts, and we have an outrageously long growing season. So, anyway, gonna fill up my time and get some exercise by maintaining some properties. Not that worried about how long it takes me to make back the money I spend on initial investment, because this is not my primary source of income. I have experience in estimating and since I am not counting on this for my retirement, I can be very selective about the properties I take on. I won't take on any more than I can handle in a 4 day week. I've already got a New Titan pickup. Been out networking with the local shops to find out what kind of equipment is available. Pretty much the standard fare. Stihl, Shin, Toro, Exmark, Echo, Snapper. We have a free recycling facility in town so no debris issues. In fact I can drop off debris and pick up mulch and compost no charge. I have seen plenty of thugs getting paid to install this stuff. My First purchases will be a trailer, a T-272, and an echo blower. I am looking at an Exmark for my primary mower, probably a 36 inch Viking. I am all about the hydrostatic. I think a gear drive would be defeatist. This will be my largest investment. Once I get rolling, I might consider a larger deck model. I have accepted that i will have to purchase a couple bagging push mowers. My knee jerk reaction is that I need a couple snapper or toro commercials. Might start with one, cause if I get into a pinch I can just go buy another and drop the other off for repairs. But I see a lot of people talking about JD on here. Surely not the home center stuff? Is there a high end commercial line? Anyway, just getting (back) off of the ground and wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts. Again, great site. Love it, look forward to speaking to you all.