Good evening there, Forgive me if this post is too long but I've alot of questions, About me: I'm just getting started in this business because I'm in a bad financial situation and I can't stand a 9-5. I love to cut grass and always have, even when I had a whole lot of money and the pay didn't matter I still went out with a pushmower and cut lawns for my own enjoyment so I figure that I may as well do something I enjoy until I'm out of this mess and hopefully this can even help me rebuild my credit and my real estate career. Anything that helps pay the bill collectors for deletions is a good thing right now because I haven't paid anything in five months and you can't be financed to turn property over without good credit. I need to establish some good tradelines and get rid of the negatives. I have always had good credit and I'm not the type who lets things go if I can help it. Questions: If I am just starting out and I'm a normal guy with a truck, a couple of 12-13 horse riders and a 6.5hp LB pusher, will the big guys call me a scab and a lowball bastard and become angry and mad like Al Capone with me? I don't care if they don't like me, and I am good at becoming mad and angry myself so that's fine but I don't want to treat anyone unfairly. I can't afford the 62" cut 24hp mowers and all of that right now.. much less those bums trying to sabotage my equipment, which wouldn't be very easy because I store it all on the back patio over here. What I really want to do is cut big lots with the riders but I aint too sure where to find those jobs or if they will hire two tractors,, what I mean is, do folks insist on the big fine 23hp mowers or is it more important to get the job done? Where do I look for these jobs? I've got ads and flyers out and I'm going to go knocking doors in the better neighborhoods with the larger lawns tomorrow. What about taller grass? How tall can I cut with these? One is 12HP 38" cut and the other is 13.5HP 42" cut, both are Briggs & Stratton which I always thought was pretty good and they say commercial use on them but they look like normal riders to me. How much does insurance cost? Is it difficult to learn to drive a truck with a trailer? I want to make someone drive the second rider, so I offered him 25% of the pay... is that too much since I bought the mowers, the truck and pay for the gas/insurance? Also I have no idea what to price jobs by.. I don't want bid too low like a fool but I have to be reasonable at the same time. Will I look foolish if I am honest with the people and tell them I'm new to this and ask what they usually pay? I really like to be honest and upfront about things but I hate to make a fool of myself. Please be very direct and blunt with me here, tell me what you really think.. I like it right between the eyes over here. No games.