This is my second season with my own business and this has reassured me that I am headed in the right direction. The best advice I could give anyone is don't get tied up in payments, take care of your equipment and pay cash. Only keep the customers that are profitable and always provide additional services. I've picked up 3 customers this spring to other LCO's just being a "mow and go" they were passing up good earning jobs. There is nothing wrong with driving an older truck, high hour mower or worn timmer, as long as it runs well. The time to replace is when it has left you hanging several times and is no longer profitable, then go replace paying cash. The customer doesn't care about the sweet F350 4*4 with all the upgrades and would most likely not care how many hours are on your mower. Impress people with your quaility of work, clean appearance and good work ethic. Last thing when it's time to replace X? equipment check C-list there are plenty of guys trying to sell low hour euipment to get out from under payments.