Yeah, I think it is worth it. I could do a stock Merc plastic pump and some cheap steel accessory brackets with V belts for about 1000-$1200 and it would work. It would not look nearly as nice, you would have multiple belts to tension, they make a lot of belt dust, you have to chase down the right size belts, the right length bolts,etc. To me, just the hassle is worth the money, not to mention how much nicer it looks. Also, I think it's the best out there and I would use it just for that.