I've got a friend that's planning on getting into the app business this year. He just tested for his license and was telling me that he'd like to get an HPS to not only pass out flyers with, but to do applications with this year. I told him that I'd highly recommend he start out with his Lesco push-spreader and use it until he's proficient with it, before he even considers using a ride-on like an HPS. My thinking is that it would be easier to learn how to do apps without burning lawns, using a push-spreader, than learning how to do apps on an HPS. Like those of us who've been in this business for any amount of time know, there's a learning curve to properly applying ferts to a lawn. The way I see it, you're always going to have those special situations though that will require the use of a push-spreader. I can't see any applicator looking very professional, if they weren't comfortable using a push-spreader. Just curious to see if others think I advised him correctly by recommending that he wait for the HPS. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.