New guy here. 244 h. Yeah I know... verticle drive shaft.... Local Deere dealer sold me a 244 h for a couple hundred bucks. The transmission was jumpy. They didn't want to mess with it. i noticed the release used for pushing the tractor around was pretty stiff. Removed rear right wheel and found culprit. The release valve was was half way open. Simple turn with wrench fixed the problem. tractor can now sprint up my West Virginia yard.