I was in the exact same boat and came to the conclusion that the Ft-450's features surpass those of the 897d. The ability of the 897d to do VHF was not a concern for me I don't need that. You may and that might be your showstopper. I did not get the built in tuner since the tuner wasn't as "capable" as I needed it to be. Yes the tuner does what it's supposed to do but it's limited in what it can do. There was just recently last week a discussion on the FT-450 Yahoo group asking about a similar comparison. The general consensus I've read with regard to the Ft-450 vs ?? is that the FT-450 is more capable and better priced. It's not a contest radio that's going to beat the big guns but it will hold it's own pretty well.