It just works so much better than a regular blenders, though. It’s like saying that Mercedes and Yugos are both just cars.
It breezes through stuff that blenders choke on. I had gone through a lot of blenders before I bought this thing.
Here’s a story. There’s a hard plastic tamper for pushing stuff toward the blades if needed. You put it into the hole in the lid, so the lid keeps it the proper distance from the blade. I don’t usually need to use it, but one morning I did, and absent-mindedly pulled off the WHOLE lid and pushed the tamper down. (I am NOT a morning person.) Well, in about 5 seconds the blades pulverized about 6" of the hard plastic into a million specks resembling black pepper. A blender would’ve maybe put a couple dents in the tamper.
I don’t know, I just never regret spending money on really superior tools. And, as the OP asked, it WILL make something similar to juice but including all the fiber, yet pulverizing it into a beautiful smooth texture.
The best price I found was on ebay, around $325 for factory-reconditioned model. Replacement tampers cost $25.