Hi everyone! I am new to the site and I have not yet officially started my own lawn care business. I currently work in the development/construction industry but we all know how that is going right now -- it sucks! The company that I work for is really struggling but my boss is very optimistic. I'm all for being optimistic but I also like to be realistic as well. I have knots in my stomach that one day he is going to walk in and say...that's it we fought a good fight and we can't make it. I have been seriously thinking about starting my own thing. I have always had a great passion for being in the yard and having a great looking yard. Over the past years I have really become an avid learner of lawn care and how one should take care of the yard, shrubs, and trees. This weekend, I got pricing on a Scag 36" walk behind, Stihl BR 380 backpack blower, and Stihl FS 80 trimmer for $3,500 for the package. The dealer stated that the Scag is a 2008 model so it is roughly $300 cheaper than 2009 model. I did not want to start out using my own personal home equipment which includes a 21" Sears mower and Lowes blower/trimmer for fear of breakage leading to down time. I have no idea if this is a good price. I have 2 customers, my next door neighbor, and one up the street. I also get a ton of other neighbors who take time out to stop and admire my yard as they pass by. Now don't get me wrong... just because someone admires my yard, I don't think that is the only reason I should start a lawn care business. However, I have always had a great love for working in the yard and I take great pride in my work. Lately this pit I feel in my stomach about my job makes me think that if I'm going to be worried, I can at least put it on my own terms. So in short what do you guys think about: 1. The $3500 pricing that the dealer is offering for the Scag 36", Stihl backpack, and blower? 2. Would you guys recommend any other brands that are good and may be a little easier on the pocket? 3. Do you think I should invest the money upfront for the new commercial equipment? 4. With the economy, do you think having another new lawn care company out here is a dumb idea? Lastly, as I have read through many of the threads... I solemnly promise not to be a low baller. I take pride in what I do and giving a fair price for great work is how I was brought up. Thanks for any assistance and taking time out to respond.