Which is a better mower for all around use a gear drive or a hydro? I have been told by three of the dealers that I have been talking to that I should go with the hydro , now another dealer says to go with the gear drive.
Only you can decide which is better, for you. All comes down to personal preference. Be prepared for many votes for both.
I would say hydro, if you have alot of hills. Just my opinion. I like both. Try both if you can. That choice, is the one you have to live with.
We have had great success with the Lesco 48" and 52" Hydro's in seven years running them we have had very few problems. The guys that have worked with other gear units swear that the hydro's are faster and better. If you don't mind the extra expense it seems that they have better resale and there are no belts to slip when it's wet.