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I've had to remove the worm gear assembly because of it being broken. Once I got it apart the gear on the shaft was busted and woodruff key sheared. Got all the parts and ready to assemble the gearbox. Put in the key and there is about 3/32 space aside the key.

Here's the questions, can I assemble as is? Should I replace the shaft? Can I weld the slot closed and if able cut another key slot? If so how?

Blower in question is a MTD 31AS611E352 blower if that helps.
 

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I've had to remove the worm gear assembly because of it being broken. Once I got it apart the gear on the shaft was busted and woodruff key sheared. Got all the parts and ready to assemble the gearbox. Put in the key and there is about 3/32 space aside the key.

Here's the questions, can I assemble as is? Should I replace the shaft? Can I weld the slot closed and if able cut another key slot? If so how?

Blower in question is a MTD 31AS611E352 blower if that helps.
Another option is to buy (or make) a wider key.
 

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Haven't thought of that. The brass gear would be far easier to open up than the steel. I'll look into it, thanks.
 
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