All the discussions about being lowballed and making $xx amount per hour made me start doing some thinking. Costs are continuing to go up. Cost of living goes up. Business insurance goes up, fuel, parts, trucks, etc are constantly going up. When people ask why should the lawn guy be getting $75-$100 per hour, do they realize how much money we have spent to do those kinds of #'s? Now, this isn't the topic I want to throw out there for you guys. Its just a starting point for my comments. Have any of you noticed how the prices of mowers have been going up over the last couple of years? Example is my Lazer HP. I bought it new in 2000 for $6700. A year and half later the exact same unit is $7300. I'm not knocking exmark, as many of you know I love that company, but all of them are going up. Its all the companies. If our prices are not able to go up due to market constraints, how can we keep affording to pay higher and higher prices for equipment? Is there not a limit to what we can spend on quality machines, especially if our contraints don't change? I made this comment to the eXmark distributor about 2 weeks ago. I just flat out said that the prices are constantly going up but most of us are finding that the prices for cutting are staying the same or going down due to market penetration by people that have no clue that their prices are not making them any money. We are the end user. We are the guys buying this stuff. We are the ones putting the equipment to use. We are the ones that keep the manufacturers in business. Without the commercial cutters, they don't have a product. At some point, all manufacturers are going to have to get the point that continuing to inflate prices on us will only hurt the market and themselves in the longrun. I completely understand that technolgy and materials cost money. I think everyone in this industry (end users and manufacturers) need to understand each others situation. Maybe we as the end users have done a very bad job at keeping the manufacturers educated on our situation. Many of us find that our market pricing is stagnant, so as the cost of machines goes up the profit margin on us goes down. As it affects us more and more, it will eventually eliminate our cash flow to buy more equipment. To put my money were my mouth is, I am going to email this link to several manufacturers. Not to get a response necessarily, but maybe to help each of us to learn something from the other and eventually make this industry stronger. Hopefully I will not get blackballed for this. Please guys, lets keep this clean.