Purchased a 26" 3x Cub Cadet snow blower last winter. I do NOT like the 3x arrangement of auger disks -- constantly breaking shear pins on the center disks. I was much happier with the tried and true 2x format with my old MTD 5hp Storm Series -- tried and true for 11 years and now wish I hadn't replaced it. The 3x machine itself is very solid and has a lot of power. I'd really like to replace the auger axles and gear box and replace with two stage parts. Any thoughts on whether this is worth trying to do?