Hi all, I'm planning to start a landscape outfit next spring but use mowing and clean ups as the backbone of getting started. I've been doing tons of research on equipment and techniques to make sure I'm making the right decisions (you guys on this forum are a wealth of knowledge and experience....I really appreciate you all taking time to advise and share thoughts). It's going to start out as a solo operation and to be most efficient (time wise as well as initial investment) I'm leaning towards buying a 48" belt drive toro wb as my main piece of equipment. I would really like to be able to use a velke but my toro dealer told me he didn't think a velke on a belt drive wb would work well for a guy my size (6'3", 240lb). He thought there would be belt slippage issues on anything but flat turf. Anybody out there have good/bad experiences with this combo. I know I could walk all day but figured this would improve efficiencies as well as take a load of my aging legs. How much time do velkes really save? Enough to justify the expense of upgrading to hydro? One last kinda related question. Most of the properties I will be targeting are in higher end neighborhoods (roughly 8-20k sq ft). I plan to strive for an extremely high quality job with alot of attention to detail. Is a 48" toro wb capable of delivering that? Also, do velkes leave very noticable lines in your stripes? Sorry for the long post. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer and for all the other threads I've already learned so much from.