Hi all, Long time lurker and first time poster. I'm planning on starting in the spring so I'm barely at the point of putting my business plan on paper. For tax purposes I won't buy anything until after January, but I feel that it doesn't hurt to research a bit. As far a lawn mowers go I plan on using my 21" Toro until I build up enough business to drop $2,700.00 on a new Quick 36. However I need to get a blower, edger and trimmer, and this is where my dilemma comes from. I have to list the brands with some of my comments and see if you guys can help me choose the best brand for my situation. These are the following brands available in my area: Echo: Pros: My dad had a solo operation for 17 years until his retirement back in 2002. Echo was the brand that he always used and lived by. The prices are reasonable as far commercial quality equipment goes. Cons: Can only get them at my local Home Depot and at a feed store (authorized dealer) in my town. If they break down I will have to go to a small engine repair shop to do the repairs. Stihl: Pros: I've never used them, but I've heard many good things about them in this site and in other places. Cons: Here in my hometown I can only buy them at the feed store I mentioned above. Essentially the same issues I would have with Echo, but with slightly higher prices. Husqvarna: Pros: again never used them, but heard some good things about them. They have a good replacement warranty at my local Tractor Supply which is where I would have to buy them. Pretty decent prices when compared to Stihl or Echo. Cons: Can only get them at Tractor Supply, the warranty is only for homeowners. I didn't notice an edger which would be a requirement since I rather get the same brand if possible. Cub Cadet Commercial Pros: Very inexpensive. I could probably get everything I need for less than $500.00 Cons: I don't know if they are truly commercial quality. I've never heard anyone talk about them either here or anywhere else. I can only get them at Tractor Supply with the same warranty as the Husqvarnas. PoulanPro: Pros: dont laugh, I can get a decent powered straight shaft trimmer for cheap(around 100.00) at Sam's Club. In fact I can get everything I need for less than $350.00. They also come with a one year commercial warranty. I actually own one for use around my house. In some ways they compare well with echos I've used in the past. Cons: Blower is hand held, I'm not sure if they have an edger or not and truth be told they are a pain to start. Also after using the trimmer about 20 times I had to put it in the shop. The spring in the starting cord went out of commission. RedMax and Shindaiwa: Putting them together because they are both sold at same dealership which I've yet to visit. This dealership sells only Stihl chainsaws. Pros: I've read many good things about both brands with Redmax being the more popular brand around these parts. The dealership is actually a small engine repair shop, so would probably only deal with them as far as repair issues goes. Cons: I get the feeling that both Redmax and Shindaiwa are more expensive than the other brands I've mentioned above. Thats about it for name brands close to my area. If anyone has any other sugestions for any other name brand I didn't mention please feel free to let me know.