I don't know Grasshoppers price and I have never driven one, but I know at least 10 landscapers who've been in the business for a while that will tell you that Grasshoppers are the least durable of any commercial mower.
I can't testify to that, but looking at every Grasshopper for sale and they always look more rough than most any other mowers for their age/hours.
There is an Old Blue Chair for each and every one of us, we just have to find it.
2006 GMC Sierra 2500hd crew cab
BOSS 8'2" Power V
Hustler X-one 60" 3 bin bagger
Toro Proline 36" wb w/t-bar controls
Shindaiwa T254, Echo trimmers, chainsaws, pole hedge trimmer, pole saw, hedge trimmer
Shindaiwa 633 and Echo 760LN