whew...just wanted to mention this, as I have not had this happen in over 40 years of fixing stuff, and is something I will now check, and feel others should check, as part of maintenance, repair. I am starting to put the re-build back together. on the gearbox ,I replaced the bushings and seals where the auger shaft runs through . everything seemed smooth and snug, no leaks. great right? wrong !!... as I was waxing ( yes I wax also ) the impeller before putting the auger on the shaft, I noticed the slightest bit of movement, so small I did not notice when I put the seals in. (see waxing helps in more ways than one..lol ) that movement just should not be there so I disassembled it again. it turns out that the "movement" was from a very brittle pin that holds the auger shaft to the 3" gear inside. I took it out easy enough and in one piece ,and figure because of the age the roll pin had become brittle. I removed it and reinstalled it and did not notice how weak the metal had become .I could break it with very little effort. that could have ruined the gearbox. I will never reuse a roll pin again. lesson learned
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Very interesting. What type of gear box are we talking about? I have only had one type apart and it was all key-driven. If you're talking about the old, Helicon cast iron boxes, you're scarin' me, man, because I have three of them.....
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