Craftsman Mowers....So Slow!

Wondering if this is typical of all Craftsman mowers.I will say first that this mower cuts very well, plenty of power.... I swear this mower is dangerous, only because one could fall asleep while mowing. It is a 6.75 hp rear drive w/variable speed control. There is a pic of a turtle on one end of the lever and a hare on the other. It litterally crawls. It is in the Sears shop as I speak. I bought a Craftsman previous to this one and had it back to their shop 3 times trying to address the same problem. They could not, so replaced it free with this one. Same problem. Speed control is ineffective. Moving the lever from slow to fast makes no difference whatsoever. Frustrating
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That control sounds like the engine throttle. Should always be on the rabbit when mowing. Is there not another control to change gears? Most have a 2nd control with N 1 2 3...

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