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Model 917276702 24 HP 48" End of last season - my tractor had a hard time pulling a small grade. It's about 5-6 yrs old - hasn't been abused, but I figured it was about time for a tune up. Had Sears come out last week & tune it up - it's still has little pep. When I mentioned it to the tech - he said the transmission might be going. Really - I thought tractors lasted alot longer than 5-6 years. Need some help - any ideas why it's so sluggish? Thanks

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