Hey guys, first time reader...first time poster. I've been in the landscaping business for a few seasons now, working for several different companies. I've always gotten compliments on my mowing abilities, and quite frankly, I am tired of working for other people. I want to start my own landscaping business. I've saved up a nice chunk of change so far, and I am waiting until the end of the season to try and pick up some stuff on end of season clearance and all. What I am looking for is some general advice in getting started. What brand of mowers do you guys recommend? Blowers? Trimmers? Should I try to find low-hour used equipment, or splurge on the new stuff to start? I have good enough credit to take out a small-business loan, but I would rather do as much of this on my own dime as possible. What is the best way to go about getting business to start with? I was thinking of offering free "mowestimates", a one-time free cut to try and get customers at the start of next season (I live in New England). I have a lot of ideas about how to make my company stick out from the rest. But I could use some advice on getting going from scratch.