I know that all lco's have their own perspective on how to run a lawn care company & what is profitable,that being said, i can't see spending more than $5000. on a machine that can only perform one function! For instance, the new ride on aerators, if aeration was an all season 40 hours a week deal i coul'd justify it, however, it's not! I justify spending $18000. on my tractor because it can do anything and it generates revenue year round. Think it through before you buy, as the right machine for you can make or break you!