I know, "another what do you think about this piece of equipment?" thread. Let me apologize up front! The thing is, I'm not a mowing guy. I've had a small number of accounts the past few years, but starting this season I'd like to drop a few bad accounts and then focus on only full maintenance accounts to supplement the landscaping side of the business. The way the economy is headed, I think it would be smart to sure up some steady, reliable income in case homeowners start to cut back. I don't operate in a highly populated area (or one with a lot of disposable income). I also know of one LCO that is drastically cutting back his operations and two others that will be soon. And trust me when I tell you, that doesn't leave a whole lot of options for homeowners around here. All in all, I'm fairly confident that if I wanted, I could get all the mowing accounts I could handle and I should be able to cherry pick some full service accounts. That being said, I'm upgrading/consolidating my mowing fleet (if you can call what I have now a fleet). I'll be running a two man crew - myself and a seasonal/part-timer (most likely a college kid) and would like to focus on mostly smaller properties that will take a full day, maybe a day and a half for the two of us. Here is what I'm thinking about after my "online research" has concluded. I haven't looked at any mowers in person yet (too busy pushing snow around!). I'm going with a large-area walk behind since I won't be doing any large properties, I have a JD X300 if I should need it, and I love the cut they give. I'll be perfectly honest, price was a huge decision here. I'm going to look at a Husqvarna WH4817E 48" fixed deck, dual hydro walk-behind. Seems they run a good $1000 to $1500 cheaper than any other brand. I talked to my JD dealer about a JD 7H17 and looked at both Toro & Exmark but the price tag was just to much (Toro, Exmark & Husqvarna are the only dealers that are feasibly close). I also considered a Quick 44 (posted a thread about that yesterday) but reconsidered after reading several posts regarding single vs. dual hydros. I'm also going to look at a Honda HRC216HXA 21" commercial mower. I will likely talk to my Husqvarna dealer about the W21S as well, but from some of the posts on here, there seem to be some unhappy users, plus that thing weighs like 150#, Yikes! The Honda has the infinitely variable hydro as opposed to a 3 speed, plus I've always been impressed with the Honda engine. I'm open to any thoughts you may have on my choices, good or bad.