I have been looking around here for a week or two, and after a little trouble getting registered I would like to ask some of ya'll for your opinions. I am a rookie having never owned a skidsteer. I am considering trying to purchase a used machine and start a part time brush clearing (and misc other items) business. I hope that this business could turn into a full time job. I am looking for some suggestions about the type of equipment that might be best for me to start out with. I have been looking at the brush machines like the fecon bull hog, and the loftness timber ax along with the fae brand machines. No one in this area has anything like this. I live in rural north central arkansas. The land around here is hilly, rocky, and thick. Has anyone here had any experience with these machines in this type of terrain? how are they in rocks, and is the upkeep on these machines as expensive as the purchase price? How about your opinions on the various other type of brush cutters, and their upkeep along with the safety issues that come with these types of machines. Their are a few operators arond that use the tree shears for clearing land, but I will try to focus mainly on underbrush. Although I am interested in hearing some opinions on tree shears as well. how about stump grinders, and chippers? Lastly the heart of the operation, the skidsteer. Tracks vs. tires? machine size and any other little goodies that some one that has never owned or operated one of these machines might overlook, or not think about. I know that is a pretty big mouthful, and maybe I should have broken this one post into several, but let's see what we come up with on this one. If needed i can always repost some of these things one at a time. Thanks in advance. I am very excited about the possibilty of getting into a business such as this, I just don't want to jump to far to soon. I would like to grow this business starting slowly and hopefully ending up at high speed.