Hydrostatic vs belt and pulley automatic
I'm trying to figure out the difference between these two transmissions. I understand both operate in a similar fashion as far as the operator is concerned. While one takes a belt form the engine to control a hydraulic pump to drive the wheels and the other takes a belt to drive a varying wheel to drive the wheel like a CVT transmission in a car.
I understand the belt and pulley automatic is far less complicated. However, what is the real difference between the two? Is one more sturdy than the other? How much maintenance is involved with them? Can both withstand the stress of going up and down hills all the time?