I am new to this site and am looking for some advice from you seasoned pros out there. I am in my 3rd season of owner operating a lawn care business. I started out small. Like with a pushmower in the trunk of our 93 Buick small. I now have about $6k invested in my rig. I have been in the process of slowly upgrading all of my homeowner grade equipment to commercial stuff. I know you can't cut commercially with homeowner grade equipment but I had to start somewhere. I have local dealer support for Snapper, Grasshopper, Exmark, Toro, Cub Cadet, John Deere and Gravely. I know I need local dealer support so I need to stay within these brands. Most of the guys in my area (and there are a lot of them, very competitive here) run Exmark ZTR's. Mostly I believe this is based on great dealer support. I am having a hard time swallowing $8k-10k for a commercial mower even though I know they are built to last. I know guys that have 3000 hours on their machines and haven't done anything but regular maintenance. I am interested in information on entry level commercial zero turn's. I am also even considering an Exmark Quest. I know it is not a true commercial machine but I still have a small time operation. I will probably run the mower an average of 20-30 hours a month. We cut grass about 8-9 months here depending on the weather so you can do the math.(300 hours a year at most) Should I go ahead and cough up the extra cash and get a truly commercial machine or will a Quest or something similiar last me a few years? I am also wondering what is the major difference between the Quest and the true commercial Exmark's? I have heard that the Toro Timecutter and Exmark Quest are identical machines just different paint and badges. Toro owns Exmark I know but the Timecutter is a lot cheaper. I am leaning towards Exmark because of the local dealer here but am open to any suggestions from all of you guys. Is there a better machine (within these brands)for me at this time based on my volume? I am looking to grow in the future but can I upgrade to a true commercial unit down the line or should I do it now? Any and all advice would be appreciated. I know there are a lot of you guys out there that know a heck of a lot more than me! Thanks in advance!