So when I first started out we started with a belt drive, 48inch Lesco walk behind. Got the job done, but was my primary mower, so tall lawns and wet lawns that had to be cut would need to be done with the belt drive and nightmares of slipping belts and using all my might to pull the mower back when I reached an obstacle still haunt me. We switched to a hydro which was a slice of heaven and I swore I'd never go back, here in lies my problem.... The hydro machine has lasted 8 years, and its time for a new motor, but I don't know if I'm putting lipstick on a pig at this point and am thinking of just getting a new walk behind. These days however the walk behind only sees 10-15 hours of work a week, if that since most of what we do can be done with our ride on, and the savings of $2000 over a hydro machine is pretty tempting especially since I'll likely never even use the machine, my guys will. So I guess my question is, will I regret making the switch back to belt drive? Or have they come a long way in the past 10-15 years? Guys that use them regularly, any thing I should know? Can you put sulkys on them? Are they capable of hills? Any opinions would be awesome, thanks in advance!