Originally Posted by STLTurfmanagement
honestly with those belt drives as soon as they belts get wet they tend to slip, that's one of the benefits of a hydrostatic transmission. I would watch craigslist, and see what you can pick up used to get you by. My first mower was a 20 year old ferris 48'' belt drive, and after that went to a dual hydro 48 that was 4 years old that I found for a good price..once you go hydro, you never go back
I've watched some videos on YouTube of people operating hydros, the ease of maneuverability is awesome, but for now, i still gotta buy a trailer this year, and few other big expenses to get started for 2014. Hopefully next year i can get a hydo.