I just bought a new 2000 Exmark Metro HP 48". I love the new machine except for one thing-the reverse is sooooo weak, while standing on the sulky it will not back me up, even if i get off of the sulky it will usually not move unless i pull back on it to get it started, then it might go. Backing up a hill, yeah right!!!-NO WAY> I asked my dealer and they told me it was only a "reverse assist" I'm almost wishing i would have gone with a hydro. I was just wondering if this is normal for belt drives, Exmark in particular, or what the deal is. Thanks for any help or suggestions!