12 years old!!! I was mowing in my mother's neighborhood, which up till recently I hadn't been doing any accounts in. As I was finishing up the yard I was on I saw a guy trimming the lawn across the street, and then a Ferris IS3000 appears buzzing around the yard, with a YOUNG boy on it. Really caught my eye (mainly because the boy had a nicer Ferris than I was on!)....so I watched him for a few minutes. He handled it perfectly, had good technique and kept his pattern just right. He was even mindful of where his dad was, and paused as his dad moved by the ejection side which was nice to see. When I was getting all loaded up, they finished too and the boy came buzzing over on the mower along side my truck to tell me he liked my mower and asked what model it was (it's a 1500). I told him his was nice too, asked him if he was helping his dad and he said "Dad's helping me on this yard, this is my summer job and dad does the trimming since I'm not tall enough". The dad sees us talking and comes over and says hi, we talk for a while and it turns out the dad lives in this neighborhood and used to run a full-time LCO (hence having all the equipment). Since he still had it all, his son begged him to start working with it so they do it part time for their friends. He was telling me his son works super hard at it, learning all about the business and maintains the equipment like a pro, is reading landscape and green industry books and is already bugging his dad to drive him to other neighborhoods for "big money" as his dad says. The dad said he's not willing to do that with his son being so young and so seasonal but he's letting his boy learn a real work ethic. I know someone will probably see the wrong in this kid mowing like this, but I tell ya I was really impressed and pleased to see a kid so young doing it for himself and taking it seriously. I gave them my card, and the dad said he'd refer folks to us they couldn't handle. Made my day meeting young Josh, he's got his head on straight!