Like every product out there from cars to couches, about 5 - 6 years of service, and its time to think about buying new equipment. The thing is, originally, i bought the best that was available, and still have all that equipment in use today. But I continuously see other, much larger companies with less then commercial equipment. It's got me thinking, maybe I don't need the absolute best there is out there. If i can buy a push mower for $300 rather then $700. If it breaks 3 years later, i'm still ahead. I just bought an SRM 210, for $189. Now I know its not as powerful as a larger model, but this is my second one, and its light and easy to use. Not to mention a hundred something dollars cheaper then a higher model. This is the last year of the of the lawnboy 2 stroke, staggered wheel. I love that machine and was planning on buying another one this year, but have been debating buying a lower model do to the costs and my overall goal of keeping overhead down and profits up. I personally don't care anymore if the guy in the truck next to me looks over and giggles at my craftsman chainsaw. As long as I'm making money, i just don't care. Downtime on a sub par machine is not good either, i know. Especially now as I have an employee or 2, and more down the line. Do you think they care if you spent a fortune on you machines? The other day, i got lucky right before I realized my guy put the straight fuel in a 2stroke trimmer. Where do you draw the line? I'm not being cheap, just trying to look at the bottom line more then used to when I was younger.