I am 17 yrs. old. I started maintaining lawns last year. I had a total of 6 clients. I run a John Deere HD45 48" walkbehind. If all goes as planned and I market correctly (im going to a vocational school for marketing), i plan to acquire around 20-30 clients. The yard sizes range from 1/2 an acre all the way to a solid 3 acres. I bag in the fall for the leaves (i have a place to take them), and during the main gowing season (i put the grass clippings in the woods). I also want to do fall and spring clean-ups as well as side projects like creating and mulching beds. I'm thinking that the Walker MT20GHS would suit my needs but if you get the right options and acc. it turnes out to be around $10,000- $12,000. I have looked at Grasshopper mowers and i like them and all the accessories, but i can't get a price on them to save my life. I know i can practically get two Wright 52" Standers (or 2 Scag Tiger Cubs) for the price of the Walker. What Im trying to say is do you think the outfront mowers are all worth their pretty hefty price tag? Or do you think i should stick with getting a small mid-mount rider and rent the implements that i oculd use on the outfront mowers. I want to use stuff like a dethatcher, aerator, sprayer, and the Walker dealer rents some implements I would use like a Bedshaper. If I got the mid-mount mower would the walkbehind Bluebird equipment do the same thing as the implements for less? Thanks and a Happy Holidays to everybody.