Originally Posted By red_on_black:
A cheap 'automatic' often means a single-speed forward-reverse gearbox with a variable pulley on it. Speed changes as tension on the belt causes the pulley to effectively change size.
A hydrostatic is a nicer, more variable, more mechanically complicated system. Automatics, IME, don't offer enough variability in speed. Mine mowed fine, but didn't have any speed at the top end.
Ok, so while a bit more expensive I can get more out of the hydrostatic when using it for everything from mowing to hauling some lumber or other materials?