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The hydro drive doesn't have much power

The mower works fine on the level but barely moves uphill or if you try to pull a lawn sweeper.It is only 2+ years old.Any one else had this problem?

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YES IVE SEEEN IT BEFOR SOUNDS LIKE THE BELT IS LOOSE

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