I used a hydro today and found the "Oh you gotta get a hydro"...was bs. I'm glad I finally tried a hydro because all these years I've been thinking the other guys with hydros had it easier. lol I will admit that for kids or weak girly men a hydro would be ideal. But for me a belt drive is no problem. I actually do my lawns one handed and walk to the side of all my scag belt drives so there are no footprints on the lawns. I'll admit I'm a big 6'5 guy, but come on. Slipping belts?? Never happened to my equipment. Maybe when you grease the nipples on your belt drive you spread grease on the belts? You guys are doing something odd to your belts for them to slip.