Hello, am I missing something here? Where do you think the hydro pumps are getting their power? Same place the gear drives and blade drive does. And with hydraulic pumps being a little less efficient than mechanical you are actualy losing some of the power. I do agree that hydro is better because you can at least have somewhat infinite speed control. And being able to go slower can help in wet conditions. Cleve....Originally posted by kutnkru
We have found that hydros work best in wet conditions because almost 100% of the horsepower goes to blade tip speed while the hydro pumps control ground speed.
Belts have too much room for slippage even with added idler pulleys and such.