I have been amazed by the vast knowledge the users on this forum have about lawn equipment and lawn care, so I hope you all can help me. I just built a house recently and the builders graded the yard with some slopes/hills. Unfortunately, my Scott's self-propelling push mower is having a hard time going up the hills. As a result, I was looking into buying a riding mower and really looked at a JD LT160 Freedom, but in the meantime my father-in-law loaned me his JD R-72 rear engine riding mower. The first time I used it, I felt like I did not have much control and it struggled going up the hills some. Are riding mowers within the $2700 price range this bad? Now I am thinking about getting a walk-behind, but my wife does not see any point in doing that because she views a walk-behind and a push mower as being equal. Can you help me? Thanks.