Here's a good story. My Dad's friends and a co-worker of his worked at the same residential remodeling company. They both quit about the same time to start thier own business. We'll call my friend #1 and the other guy #2. #2 decided he was going to have top of the line equipment. Bought brand new trucks, new tools etc. etc. #1 continued to use his old Ford van. Beat up and rusting and the tools he already had. #2 had more contracts and so forth due to advertising and what not while #1 kept chugging along at a steady pace. Times got slow for both. #2 couldn't keep up with his monthly payments and eventually folded (long story short). While #1 only had to worry about making his mortgage payments. I'm not saying it doesnt help to have nice things and equipment. But just starting out especially during our recession the quality of work you do is more important than the quality of your machines. Hope this helps!