Considering purchasing a mower to speed up the job at my house (1.3 acres, currently using an old Deere 140 42"). Takes me over an hour. Blades are sharp, spindles are good, in order to get a quality cut, need to mow at walking speed - too slow. As mentioned, I'm looking to get a new piece of equipment, am considering trying to land 5 or 10 customers to mow in evenings, to help put some money toward paying for the machine. Have an enthusiastic nephew interested in helping starting a part-time bz. would like to give it a try, then grow if I really like it. Day job is great, just looking to "supplement" a bit. I've visited some dealers, saw the bob cat 52" ride on, Toro looks like a good machine also, but recently visited a dealer who made the point that a walk behind may be better for just starting out. said they don't tear up lawns as much (especially when it's soft), but from what I've seen the walk-behinds cost almost as much as the ride on! (for the same cut width, and price, I don't think I could justify walking) Any thoughts/comments/advice? Thanks.