^^^^^+++;-) I've been thinking about the possibilities of going huge with lawn care. I believe the potential is there to make very, very good money! However, I think I'd have to move to a larger city, such as Charlotte or Atlanta. The fixed costs would start to get pretty serious though... That said, I really do enjoy the work. It's very satisfying to look at well groomed yard and say "I did that! That was me!" My yards look better than a lot of yards maintaned by the big guys. The difference is I care about what I do. (I study Finance, and am a Long-Range competitive shooter. Attention to detail is critical in both of those disciplines) Back to the discussion, I really want the WB so I can ride. It sounds like the Velke can handle me, and the reverse issue doesn't worry me too much. Someone mentioned Scag, and I know they're supposed to be built like a tank. I found this on craigslist: http://charlotte.craigslist.org/grd/3942248673.html Unfortunately, I'm not ready to move right now. I have finals tomorrow then a short break before Fall semester begins. That means I have to buy books, pay tuition etc. Bout to be eating cheese sandwiches for a bit... What are some of the items prone to breakage on these mowers? If it is not Hydrostatic, does that mean I have to put in a "gear" and that's how fast it goes unless I put it in another gear? (I'm thinking of my dad's old craftsman rider with gears 1-5. Am I on the right line here?) Just in case anyone was wondering what I'm working with at the moment; I'm currently running a Toro Timecutter Z4200 (I know it's not built for this, but I inherited it from my dad when he passed, and it's served me well so far), and a Husqvarna 7021R rear-drive push mower(got it used for $125). It's a good unit with a strong Honda engine, but it is a lot slower than riding. I have a Ryobi 790R with a Poulan Pro stick edger attatchment, a Ryobi SS30 that I use to trim, and a Husqvarna 150BT blower. I know the Ryobi's aren't anywhere near commercial grade, but I run the piss out of them and they keep chugging along. They were both hand-me-downs, one was my dad's and the other was given to me by my girlfriend's dad. I try to really stay on top of maintenance on all my gear. That's probably part of the reason my lower end gear still has some life in it. When I finally kill the Ryobi's I'll get RedMax or Echo replacements. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to tell me what's what. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been fortunate enough to stumble into this.