Well, let me clear it up. "For the Money" is between $20,000 - $30,000.
Ex. Is the Leica at $29,000 that much better than the Topcon 9003 at $20,000? That is what I mean "for the money." Is the difference so noticeable that I want to throw almost 1/3 extra in the price for the same outcome? I work in a high precision area, so that will be a variable to consider. When we bought the Sokkia a few years ago it was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread... we went with the salesman's word. Not this time.
I also want to know about the Spectra 30. The salesman is pitching this thing to be "the next best thing." Of course there is nothing beter than this robot. It runs around $26,000.
You can see now why it is so hard to pick the best option.
A Trimble S6 matched up with a Ranger 500X (running TDS Survey Pro of course) will provide unmatched reliability and productivity.
Your basic question has been asked before in many different ways. What I have seen is that virtually nobody will admit regretting their Leica or Trimble purchase. Many like their Topcons, but a significant number do not.
I have experience with Trimble/Geodimeter and Topcon, all current models. I'm one of the significant number who don't like the 9000 Topcon. Great dealer support but the tracking on the 9005 is unbelievably bad.