I purchased the Venrtac used 2010 (118 hrs)! The deal was to good to pass up. A wealthy land owner had it and decided to purchase the larger one so he had the dealer sell the one I got on consignment. I've been eyeballing them for the last year and waiting for a good deal on a used because you're right, they aint cheap. I'm really hoping to add a lot of versatility utilizing the attachments. It should help reduce a lot of trimming/push mower time on hillsides that I cant go on with the Ferris and not to mention running mulch. Honestly, the first time I drove one was last Saturday so I can't vouch from personal experience, but I think I'll make money with it. Good luck with everything.