There is no comparison between a belt drive and a hydro mower. NONE. A belt drive is a budget feature and they are no way shape or form as efficient as a hydro unit period.
For a 36", I don't believe a floating deck is necessary, though they are easier to change heights on. If you want a floating deck Turf Tracer Exmark get ready to lay down somewhere around $6,000. That is a little steep for a 36" if you ask me, and that is why that size mower is the only one in my fleet that is not an Exmark.
How do Exmark and Scag walk-behinds compare? On that particular size mower I believe they are about the same. I wouldn't hesitate to run either one. On the bigger models, I would have to give it to Exmark on the walk-behinds.
Last edited by ddixon7; 03-03-2013 at 12:57 AM.