I am new to the site but I have been lurking for some time. In high school and college I mowed and landscaped for several people but after being in the "real world" I really want to get back into the lawn care/landscaping business. I have a plan to initally start part-time and as I grow the business as I see fit at the time. Mostly residential at this point. Just for the record "living the American dream in the 10x10 cubicle" sucks! My questions revolve around equipment. My Craftsman 42in lawn tractor was cheap and served a purpose - until now. I know it will not cut it with my plan. I have been looking at new and used mowers. Dealers around me sell Hustler, Gravely and Scag. Scag seems very over priced - even the guy that sells them was pushing the Gravely. It seems unamious - and what I was thinking - used mowers are a roll of the dice. I do not want to break the bank to get started and still have some more work to do but I would like to narrow my search. Give me an idea of a good start up mower. Quotes on what I have looked at so far - Gravely 36 WB belt drive about $2,600, Gravely 48 WB hydro $4,200 and Hustler 48 WB hydro demo unit $4,600.