Need recommendation for riding mower, but needs to be <37" wide

My house is situated on a slope, with a flat section in the back and on one side of the house. To get to this side lawn, though, requires being able to fit between two deck posts that are (at most) 37" apart.
The only mowers I have seen that are this narrow are the rear-engine type. This is fine, as I don't care how long it takes to mow.
But the problem is the slope, and I am wondering if these mowers (generally <15hp) will handle going up and down the slope with me on it. I am 170lb, so I am not a really big guy, but I am concerned about the mower having enough HP to pull it, me, AND cut the grass at the same time.
I might also want to add a cart later to pull around bales of pine straw, etc.
See the slope at
http://www.geocities.com/filechest
The steepest part is at the top in front of the house.
Is there a mower that fits these needs?
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Hi Billy,
I'm undoubtedly missing something, but from the picture, it looks like you have access to the side yard from the front of the house? I guess I don't understand why the access under the deck is your only access.
For a yard that size, I'd just get a walk-behind self propelled mower.
-Tim
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This is not the side yard I was referring to. This is only a small portion of the south side yard to show the slope. You are not seeing the rest of this yard, the front yard, the front on the other side of the driveway, the north side yard, the level yard behind the house, or the grass that extends down into the woods.
The side yard I need access to is on the other (north) side of the house. There is no other access to it except between the deck posts. Or up 6 stairs.
I already have a self propelled. It takes me a good hour to mow it all, and in the heat of summer it about kills me going up and down that slope.
A riding mower would make things a LOT easier, plus come in handy when I need to haul pine needles, or move bags of mulch/compost for planting. Really could've used it a few weeks ago when I moved four 50lb bags of concrete down to the woods for a satellite dish ground pole.

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If the slope is that bad that it is a problem with a push mower, then a rider is a bad choice. Anyway, I just sold an older Honda with a 30" deck, it could barely fit through a 3' space. You are somewhat limited in your choices, but Honda and Deere make good mowers. You'll have to remove the chute on the mower deck or get a mulching deck.
You should have no problem towing a small garden cart. I towed a 10 cubic foot cart loaded with dirt all over my property (on about a 3-5% slope) and had no problems, and I'm 275 lbs.
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I would not be worried about a 15 HP snapper or other not going up a good grade to mown. A 15 HP snapper will drag you , tied by rope laying down , up the grade , mow the grass , and with a 200 # fellow driving it.
You have the HP but what you should be looking at is the tiltibility or the tilting over of the mowner when cutting cross ways. If your going to cut cross ways. You need to look at the mower tilting over when cutting like this , but if only you have to cut this way. You can tiltr these mowers over when cutting 90 degrees to a hill.
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