Going Back to the power issue. As PJ indicated the BAc VAc and the load can weigh in as 1/2 the machine or more loaded. That is a lot of weight to pull for anything. Also it also a natural reaction for a homeower just getting a new unit that when the engine boggs down to keep pushing the hydros faster.That is even worst. A super mini with the large pumps is even more an issue becuase the large volume of oil that is being moved. You are just stealing more power. Back off the hydros and see what happens. The 24 Honda should be plenty of power.For a belt to fail is very rare. I have sold Hustlers for 3 years and installed the first drive belt on a unit this spring. WHich is great.Hustler just dont have belt issues!