I currently do only installations with no lawn mowing services. I have had a quite a few requests for lawn mowing this year and there are few contractors in my area, so I am thinking about getting into it. The area that I live in has larger yards say min 1/2 acre up to 2 acres. I'm thinking of a 60" ZTR which I can do my 2 acres with as well. But wonder if it will be overkill on some of the 1/2 acre lots? I know a 36" walk-behind would be nice, but need to keep the equipment costs down. What size do you guys recommend? Also, what is the going rate? The sales rep from JD store told me about $50 an hour. How much can I expect to mow in an hr? What do you charge for trimming? I'm sure this pricing question has been asked numerous time. And I'm sure prices vary from town to town as well. Just looking for an average. I do not want to be a "low-baller". That does us all no good. Also one last question...don't laugh...but when you are doing the trimming work, is there a trick to staying clean?? Whenever I get the trimmer out, I have grass all over me..lol! Thanks for your help!