Here is a somewhat lower cost option to VM and Blendtec while not quite as powerful, likely still has plenty of Vrooom to get the job done...
The Omni 3 hphttp://www.3blenders.com/OMNIBlenders.html
This is from the linked site:
The OMNIBlend V, although it has a 3 hp self-compensating energy-efficient motor, it does not run as powerful as the 3 hp commerical Vita Mix Giant. Regardless, the purchase price at $ 250 plus shipping in the USA is so fantastic. It makes up the difference in a heart beat. The Vita Mix Commercial 3 hp blender (1005 Vita Prep) costs $ 495 incl shipping. And certainly, the 3 hp Vita Mix, and even the 3 hp Blendtec HP3A blender are stronger blenders than the OMNI 3 hp blender, and for those people who can afford them, go for it. The OMNIBLEND V is basically for those people who would have bought the Montel Health Master (Rusty-Leaky) Blender, or the Vita Mix TurboBlend 4500 Blender.
I have absolutely no affiliation or interest in the site or its owner other than it seems to be a very good deal and he has shown very high integrity and quality of service to me in the past.