I own a 48" Scag W/B. It has a 17 Kawi on it and it is a belt drive. The machine cuts great, but squeezing the levers puts a lot of strain on my hands. I read a lot of posts that discuss how a Hydro is so much easier to use. Is a Hydro a lot easier on the hands? I am not to familiar with the controls of a Hydro. I am really fanatical about my lawn and I bought the machine to cut my yard and to cut my father's yard. It only has about 12 hours on it. I would probably take a beating on it if I were to trade it in now. If I were to trade it it in I would only be looking at Exmark and Scags. I know there are many great machines out there, but these two brands have tons of dealer support in my area. Should I just suck it up and deal with it? Do you think I could get a good trade in value or should I wait since I just bought the machine late last fall.