Originally Posted by Valk
Belt drives do not readily back up/reverse like a hydro can.
500 hours on a commercial machine that you intend to use residentially is not really a big deal. However, will you be able to use a 48 on your property...as in getting it thru any gates you may have?
No gates to worry about. My biggest concern was going with an older unit with more hours and pistol grips vs the newer belt with ECS.
I don't really pull my current mower backwards ever, but I can see why that would be nice to have a hydro unit.