hello, welcome to the business, thanks to the wonderful person that he is, chuck, he has found a lot of valuable information and the opinions of a lot of people on here for you. if i were you i would read that information over. i would disagree that ferris is the all around best mower. however i would agree that the ferris mower is the best mower for chevyman1. i feel each and every individual landscaper has there own best mower to suit there needs. for one person it could be a john deere ztr, for another an exmark wb, and for another it may be a case tractor with woods mower on the back. each person must research each mower and find the one that is best for them as far as options, features, speed, cost and capabilities. once again welcome and best of luck.