I live in a retirement community in Florida. In August of last year, I purchased a Troy-Bilt wide-cut 33" mower with the intent to eventually mow about 25 lawns for extra income (supposedly retired!). A couple weeks later a company doing work in the area went out of business and I wound up with 91 accounts on year around contract, all within a quarter mile of my home. I pull my mower and other equipment with my golf cart to all accounts so I do not need truck or trailer. I do not have any employees. All lawns are one quarter acre or less, relative flat with the exception of some having about 8' of rear lot sloping about 30 degrees down to lake. There are no curbs. I use Stihl trimmer, edger and blower. Due to our rainy season (July - Sept), I have to mow when wet quite a bit. The Troy-Bilt does not hold up very good for this amount of mowing as here in Florida we cut almost year round. I go through a lot of spindles and belts. I am planning to buy a new WB and am thinking about an EXMARK or BUNTON. I would like any reccommendation. Should I go gear-drive or Hydro for this work (I make a lot of short runs on thease small lawns). I also am thinking of a 36" machine due to the size of lawns. I would appreciate any advice on mower, repair comparisons and and other considerations for what I am doing. What are extra costs for going Hydro? Should I go floating deck or fixed? I am presently mulching except for overgrown clean-up jobs. During winter months (Nov. - Feb.) I also pressure wash most of these homes. So much for retirement!!