Matt, you don't have to start out with tons of equipment - just a few pieces of very good equipment. As stated above - you can't go wrong with a Lesco spreader, 200 gal. skid sprayer (you can do a lot with this piece), and one or two good back-pack sprayers (do a search on "best backpack sprayer"). You get what you pay for most of the time, so saving $15 on a sprayer or $50 on a cheap blower will eventually cost you more when you have to replace it in one year. Good luck.