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Yardman drive problem

Hi all, this is my first post.
My brother has a yardman snow blower model #31AE573H501 which he figures is about 15 to 20 years old.
Here's the deal, the machine has lost drive in the right hand drive. It has trigger operated steering using 2 planetary gear sets. I disassembled the machine and found that on the side with the problem the splines on the shaft and the sun gear are stripped. I figured not much to that, get a new shaft and sun gear, but I've been told that they are not sold separately and I have to purchase the whole assembly, shaft and two complete planetary gear systems. In this neck of the woods they want about $365 dollars for this. Much more then we're willing to spend.
I thought about having someone weld the sun gear to the shaft. I guess I'm here wondering if anyone else has any suggestions as to what I can do to fix this without spending all that dough. Thanks.
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I'd certainly try having it welded up first, rather than pay $365

do a sweep on Ebay though, you may be able to pick that unit up for a song, if someone is parting one out.

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weld it for cheap and see if it works...
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weld it. anybody who puts that kind of money into an mtd, let alone a 20 year old mtd is crazy
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3 yr. old thread. Probably already fixed.
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maybe he welded it with a full tank of gas on the blower.... Thus no more posts......

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