1step further now belt drive or hydro? Any full time guys run belt drive WB? Some of the newer makes w/ ECS ect may be a little easier on the hands. Belt drives are still even lighter, and even cheaper/easier to buy and maintain. I'm slowly growing and will deff need a 48" next year. I want to go full time at some point. So far I've made my 36 Metro work. I just see so much of the go hydro or go home. 5-7 grand for new machine) I've not experienced any of the slipping issues associated with the belt drives and I find ways to mow the property w/ out having to pull back or go in reverse. The company I worked for years ago ran strictly Walkers so I have yet to use a hydro WB. With everything I have read on old threads I feel like Im probably missing the boat on this one.