Hydrostatic *sounds* sexy - but so did gear drive on my BCS & implements, but it sucks pretty bad in practice: expensive, noisy, heavy...
So what about hydrostatic vs belt drive?
Belts, I can replace... but hydrostatic sounds way beyond my pay grade.
What does hydrostatic provide to earn it's $1000+ premium?
Honda's 28" (http://tinyurl.com/y7kxxm8a ) claims a few more inches depth capacity over the Ariens analog (http://tinyurl.com/y77ls44s ), but $1,400?
Anybody own either one?
One Deal Breaker feature for me is handlebar height: 38" minimum, 40" preferred... and Honda seems to offer that... not sure about other brands.
An important capability noted by many reviews is the ability to bust through that 2-3 feet of ice/frozen slush/snow that the city plow leaves at the end of one's driveway.
Three-stage blowers were sounding attractive until somebody opined that 3 stages was mainly a way to get the same performance from a smaller engine.