I have been following this forum for quite awhile and been gradually expandig my business which is a single operator (me) lawn care & tree/brush clearing, pretty much will try to do it all or as much as I can business. I have a Murray 22" cut push mower I bought for $35 for trimming and small yards, John Deere F525 that I cut larger yards with as well as my own 4 acre yard which has given me great service, a John Deere 4410 with 72" mmm I use mostly on my farm for cutting about 8 acres of pasture, Land Pride 1558 pto tiller, PD 25 post hole digger, and 1584 landscaping rake. I have a Stihl O-66 chainsaw and FS 450K brush clearing saw, and some smaller homelite string trimmers and chainsaw for smaller work. Right now things seemed to have slowed down I guess due to the heat and I am hoping to expand out a little more in the future. I currently have 4 yards and I work with a landscaper and cut fire wood inbetween. I have a Dodge Cummins 2002 2500 4 x 4 and a Ja-Mar 14' car hauler trailer to move equipment around as well. I got a late start into the season as I just retired from the Amry. I am considering something along the lines of a John Deere 687 or 757 if my future business can justify it. I have noticed that few if any here use John Deere equipment. Is there a reason why? Stihl seems to be fairly popular and I have found it to be top knotch equipment. I have always had VERY good experience with John Deere and considered it top knotch as well. Before I spend money on future equipment, I was hoping to get some comments and opinions from those well established in the business that have experience with it. I realize cost is a big factor but I have found from personal experience that if you buy quality the first time, you only cry once. On the other hand, if I can buy other brand equipment that performs as good or better for less, that is much better for the bottom line. Another issue is advertising. I placed an ad in the local "peddler" paper and got 1 call in a month. I met one elderly man at the courthouse and while talking with him, landed a yard. I detailed his yard out real nice and did alot of extra stuff no charge and the owner of the marina trailer/cottage court asked me to do 3 of his yards. Seems like the best advertising so far is word of mouth and showing off my work. Where else can I efficiently improve my advertising? I have questions about insurance for my equipment and liability but I need to read more posts and that is a subject for another thread. Thanks in advance for any replys, suggestions, comments, and, opinions.