My advice is to carefully weigh the costs of leasing over buying and look long and hard at the term. You can get a three year warranty on equipement which covers pretty much everything. Unless there is a compelling reason in terms service or cost, I would buy as I always do. I tend to try to work on a three year replacement cycle although lately, as in this year, money has tightened up, so I just called and for little cost, had my warranties extended by two years. After three to five years, you really do need to replace the machines. I guess the best advice I can give is to do the math very carefully.