Damn near impossible to kill a belt drive. For that reason I have several as backups in the shop. Cheap to buy, fix and run. They can help get you started on budget and always be there when a hydro goes down for which parts are not cheap and usually not immediately available. A high degree of mechanical know how needed to fix a hydro.
Fixed vs floating is kind of personal preference. Depending on the turf you cut. 90% of what I cut is SA or Bahia, both cut at 4.5 so fixed is fine for me. Less moving parts means less problems.
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