I have been mowing for about one summer. My goal next year is to bring in about $5000 in gross revenue. I have been using my clients mowers and my oldschool Honda push mower. Its heavy heavy heavy (steel deck). And its so big that its hard to maneuver around stuff so alot of times i bring along a $15 Weed eater mower thats completely basic. I found a way to get a zero turn without spending a ton of money. That would be to get a Grazer mower which i have used before. My grandfather has used one since before i was born. I think i could get one for like $900 (maybe). But then if i really wanted to stay in a budget i could get a Dixon mower. Which would be like $500-$700. But from some reviews a Dixon would not stand up to continuous use. I could just buy a small used Honda that would maneuver better, and a riding mower. Who knows?