Gus is right. Although I have not really had any problems with my metro 48 belt driven, I wish I had gotten a hydro. But the cost for a hydro is considerably more, especially when starting a new biz. For what you are doing, I dont really think you need to be that particular, and think you wouldnt have ANY problems with a belt driven WB. I would reccomend the ECS grips compared to pistols tho I hate Toro T-bar, and wish I hadnt bought the Toro 32. I have a Gravely 36in which is one strong mower (will cut almost anything), but the pistol grips make your thumbs ache after 1 freakin lawn! Just a heavy mower. But Im glad we have it, because the Exmark cannot handle thick, long, or wet grass well at all.