I have finally settled on a toro tbar for this year at least to solve my tight yard prob. but a couple of my buddys are saying oh you just need the gear it's so easy, but I HATE gear drive walk behinds, had a old gravely when I started, MAN, I hated that thing. To be fair it was old and out dated. but is the hydro t bar much better than the gear, completely diffrent set up for me. I am concerned, be cause I am looking at the 44" models of both, and the hydro is only 15HP, and the gear is the old 17HP kaw.