How many lco and cutters have lost an account to a home owner that bought a Z? Now that Z have become popular and inexpensive I see more and more home owners doing there own yds:
Efficiency came to the homeowner, its a 2 edged sword
I will probably lose some to that in the future but am not really concerned about it. Some of my customers have riding mowers and others have teenage boys. As long as people stay lazy/busy there should be no problem.
Buying a commercial lawn mower for my own yard is how I got into the business. I owned my Ferris 52 for a year, I then started mowing nieghboors yards, then people started refering me to there friends. Next thing you know I registered for a sole proprietership and I'm off and running. Thanks to this site I havn't made to many mistakes. I'm about as big as I want to be right now.
Most of these people don't know crap about lawn equipment. I have family members that have "Lawn tractors" and they don't stay running for more than a month at a time anyway. Little things happen like loose battery cable and the thing won't start, they have no clue. It's not long before the thing is sitting in the garage or outside with a four tires flat off the rims and the machine rusting. Mind you it was new 2 years ago.
So no I don't see the little Z's as a threat, because people can't keep em running.