Thank you for all the great info here!
I'm not sure about the actual slope in degrees or grades, but its steep enough that its uncomfortable to side-hill it while sitting on the uphill side of the mower's fender. With the turf tires, it struggles to climb up and down and impossible with the slightest bit of moisture.
I had a conventional riding mower with the deep lug tires on it, and that worked well enough, but it did roll on me twice and after the last time, I scrapped it. The engine was very old and tired (Think it was a 1998 cost to cost special MTM something or other) and very banged up. Thats when I was given this Troy-Built by my mother who moved into a condo. And when she gave it to me, this section of my yard was not grass.
My well went dead a few years ago. During the dry months, we don't irrigate. So, the yard turned to weeds. I simply stopped mowing everything minus the very front yard (which was weeds too, but I kept them down). This year, we have water (another long story) so I really want to have green grass to enjoy with my small children. Now that I can water, I tilled it all under and reseeded it. I went out and attempted to mow with my Troy-Built, but quickly found that this little mower is not good enough. I'm going to attempt to sell it.
Which brings me to my budget. As cheap as possible without sacrificing quality. Honestly, I'm about function here. If it can mow these hills and wont breakdown on me every other week, then I'm all for it. However, the $13k price tag for the Cub Cadet Pro Z 560 S KW is a bit much. Lets be real here, I'm not a commercial guy. I just need to mow my lawn. Even more so with the Ventrac! Thats a big no!
4 legged mowers are great, but probably not an easy sell for the wife. Especially with being so close to the house, the fertilizer would be a bit smelly.
I'd say my budget is under $4k, and that would be a hard sell to the wife.
So, how much area am I mowing?? According to Google maps, right under 15000 square feet. Thats roughly a third of an acre total. Much of which is on the side of a hill! Our house sits on top of this hill and is mostly surrounded by this grass.
I'll measure the slope of these hillsides when I remember.
I'm not afraid of installing the deep lug tires, but not a huge fan either. On that older mower I had them, and I had to cut the fenders just to get them to fit, even then they rubbed. Now, I probably screwed up and bought the wrong size, but the deck was level. I am liking the idea of a 4WD mower, if they wont roll on me. I just need something that is stable on the hillside, can climb up the hill when I need to turn around, and not break my bank account.
The VA wants to replace my knees, and Im prolonging that idea as much as possible. Currently doing PT, but pushing a mower up and down hills would be a nightmare. So no to a push mower, even a self-propelled one. Its the going down that sucks anyway.
With all that in mind, if you have a recommendation, I'm all ears. Thank you all again!