I got a tiny little lawn (1k sq. ' at most) at my house in the midwest US, but
it's on a hill, no retaining walls, lots of inclines and declines, and sink-
holes to boot. Front yard declines maybe 40 degrees as it meets the sidewalk.
For about 10 years I've been running an old MTD 21" rear-bag mower with around
a 5 hp B&S motor. Smokes like a freight train, it's about to roll over and
I am (gasp!) old and infirm. Running the mower over all the uneven
surfaces is a painful PITA.
I've never owned a self-propelled mower. Your candid opinion is
solicited: would I be better off with another push-only mower
or with a self-propelled? I can't afford a super hi-end mower, but
$300 sounds do-able.
If SP, front or rear-wheel drive? Would a rear-drive 6+ hp likely pull
up a 40 degree incline? Etc, etc.