Good luck with that! Ya get what ya pay for. As far as hills, w/b's can handle some pretty steep hills but IMO, you need to have some experience in doing so. There's more to running one of these things besides walking behind it. What size you are looking for? That will weigh heavily on your spending limit. Welcome to our world...its just grass right?I am a homeonwer who is looking for a very cheap walk-behind mower, any ideas?($1,000 or under maybe?) Also What kind of hills can walk-behinds go on?