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MTD Cracked Housing - Ideas?

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and looking for advice on what to do with my MTD that has cracks on both sides of the transmission housing plate/connection to auger. I first noticed the cracks after a big snow last year and the auger belts came off. I noticed that there was some play in that joint given the metal fatigue. Is it too far gone or could a welder work some magic? I appreciate your insight on the best next steps.

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Hello and welcome to SBF, Paul. Here is a link showing our favorite small engine repairman making repairs to a machine like yours.



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Hi all,

I'm new to the forum and looking for advice on what to do with my MTD that has cracks on both sides of the transmission housing plate/connection to auger. I first noticed the cracks after a big snow last year and the auger belts came off. I noticed that there was some play in that joint given the metal fatigue. Is it too far gone or could a welder work some magic? I appreciate your insight on the best next steps.

Thanks,
Paul

It's certainly worth a try. I would think that anytime there is a crack, there will be flex in the machine, and bad things will happen. You can probably find a guy with a welder for a cheap price, slip him some cash, and try it out. It's the cheapest repair for sure.

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i would take this time to learn how to weld. buy a used welder or a harbour freight unit, lots of vids on how to weld. once u learn it will come in handy to a diy kind of guy.
should be taken care of sooner rather than later as those kind of cracks will normally throw the machine out of pulley/belt alignment. crack will grow over time depending on use.

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that should be an easy fix with a welder. just make sure you drill out the end of the crack to end the crack so it cannot continue in the future.

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Thanks for the very prompt responses to my inquiry. I appreciate it. I've contacted a neighborhood welder/metal fabricator and he said he's interested in taking a look at it. Do you think I should split the machine (disconnect the auger housing area from transmission) before bringing it to him, or should I just haul the whole thing over there?
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Thanks for the very prompt responses to my inquiry. I appreciate it. I've contacted a neighborhood welder/metal fabricator and he said he's interested in taking a look at it. Do you think I should split the machine (disconnect the auger housing area from transmission) before bringing it to him, or should I just haul the whole thing over there?
take it apart but bring both, so he can see how they mate up, easier for u and him

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i would take this time to learn how to weld. buy a used welder or a harbour freight unit, lots of vids on how to weld. once u learn it will come in handy to a diy kind of guy.
should be taken care of sooner rather than later as those kind of cracks will normally throw the machine out of pulley/belt alignment. crack will grow over time depending on use.
I really wish I could take this opportunity to learn how to weld, but I had a cardiac arrest at age 34 a few years ago and now have an implanted pacemaker/defibrillator in my chest. I'm not able to get near intense electrical/magnetic fields because they can interfere with the function of the device.

Hey, I'm just glad to be alive. I'm happy to let someone else take care of my welding needs
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