Yes, it is a bit discouraging, but it's a result of the way the consumer power equipment market has developed. Prices are cheaper in real terms than they were 30 years ago and as a result the equipment is not as durable or serviceable as it was. If you want equipment that lasts you've got to pay much more for commercial grade stuff. The price of commercial equipment is probably more in line with the inflation corrected cost of our favourite GT's built in the golden age.
not as durable.... you can say that again!