Has anyone actually added up the price difference in something like a hydro wb of 48" or 52" vs. a high end ZTR (27hp plus, or fuel injected, big deck, etc) and wondered what the extra money went into? Some of them are way up there, around double the price. NOT saying they're not worth it, but I wonder sometimes how much of it is actual costs being passed on vs. the fact that the market will bear it because they know those who need them will pay for the productivity. The factory overhead, assembly labor, advertising, shipping, marketing costs and such are all basically the same per unit. And they're not small costs I'm sure. The engine of course costs more on the expensive ZTR. The hydros are probably bigger and more expensive, but how much? More steel work involved, but again, going up a deck size is usually about $300, isnt' it? The frame is additonal, but how much? A seat Perhaps an hour meter Bigger tires, and other small change items. somewhat more complex steering on some models What I was wondering is how does a $4500 hydro wb become a $8000 big motha ZTR? Seems to me like the additional parts costs don't add up to the price difference. Or do they? I also wonder just how many of these big brutes being bought are paying for themselves in actual productivity, or are many of them being bought for ego or "bigger is better" reasons? I can't imagine what some of these 1700 lb mowers (w/ operator) would do on delicate turf situations. Finally, I have noticed that what seems to be an inordinate number of low hour large (60" plus deck) ztrs are for sale. Perhaps some buyers are realizing they overbought?