oh man way to dig up a dinosaur!! Business related no huge changes, just the same old grind day in and day out. Had a great year, about triple of what i did last year but it was truly exhausting. I personally worked 7 days a week from the second week of march until the last week of November. That first week end i took off i almost felt odd not working. Looking to get a few key people in place next year to help spread the work load. Equipment related i dont think i have added anything this year or maybe even last. I think the last thing i bought was the Deere 4720 tractor. Im in the search for another f-450, deciding between a new truck and a used truck. By the time i buy a used truck, fix all the stuff wrong with it and put new tires and paint on it we are talking 15k for a 100k mile 10 year old truck. Its pretty typical that you can expect to pay 5,000 a year in repairs between rust related replacements and worn out parts. Just right now im about to dump 2k into mine for a front end, fuel filler neck (almost 400 bucks alone) trans cooler lines, rear lights and light boxes. That wont be the end of the problems, they keep coming. With a new truck we are talking about $45,000 so with 15k down we are talking about 600ish a month including interest. It looks good, runs good, and doesn't surprise you with repair bills every other week. As the company grows i really dont always have the time to be doing all the repair work myself and i really dont like paying shops to do half ass worth either. Whats 600 bucks a month? ones days profit ? Im thinking about keeping the new truck for about 6 years and then selling it. It should have 45-55k miles on it so i should still get at least 18-22k for it if not more. Boom! take that money and use it as the down payment on another new truck. Its pretty easy to tell i have myself convinced to buy new but signing another 45,000 loan is hard to do! Im deciding between a f-450 4x4 (maybe 2x4) extended cab with a 9' 6" landscape body or a f-450 crew cab 2x4 with the same body. come to think of it i did buy a old cat 966 loader off my dad this year. The thing is huge and moves some serious dirt! i will try to upload a pic of it. May be buying something super unique and useful to us real soon..... as long as he hasn't sold it yet its a done deal. I hope its still available knock on wood.