I had a PULSE double pedal that I used for years.. double chain and built like a tank.. great pedal that pops up once in awhile on ebay for 50-75 bucks. I also had the Pulse hi hat stand that was extremely well built also.
My experience exactly. My main pedal is a Yamaha direct drive as well, but I recently picked up two 6110 strap drives for 50 € and they are fantastic. My old FP750 (chain drive) is excellent too, but strap and direct drives feel better to me.I realize that this thread is a few years old, but I just picked up a used Yamaha FP6110A Strap Drive Kick Pedal for $20 CAD.
It isn't the most sturdy feeling pedal when you hold it in your hands, but it's smooth as hell and plays great, even compared to my $180 Yamaha direct drive and DW5000. Highly recommended.