Yes, I know, the title could be made into many a joke on my part, but hear me out. I am beginning to think that sticking with 1 compact pickup, and a 21" mower, and plenty of hard labor would have been more profitable for me than going big, which is what I am on my way to doing. I am still balancing school and another job (both part time) and last season worked full time (for the first time) landscaping. I barely made enough to make it worth the extra headaches, because I bought so much. I spent a lot last year on equipment, and am spending A LOT this year on marketing. Marketing is not my point, because even with a 21 and a compact truck I would have had a lot of marketing. My point is equipment, it seems like every time you turn around in this business, you "need" to buy something new to compete, to stay efficient. My 60" mower is a prime example. It has boosted my productivity about 300% over using a 21 on large lawns, but cost me the same as buying 8 new 21's. I also need a trailer with the Z, but not with a 21, so theres another $1000 + registration fees each year. Labor is down with it, but the operating cost (per hour) is the same or more. Sorry for babbling, but I was just thinking that it would have been better for me to stay with 21's and labor, hiring kids to push 21's, less overhead, but more labor... who knows.. just throwing out thoughts, and a reminder to not get caught up in the "lawnsite groove" and be careful spending money. Now I have to figure out if I should keep expanding the equipment list with a tow behind aerator, tractor, dump truck, sander, blah blah blah, or go back to the basics... Comment please.