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Looking for some advice.

I have a Craftsman model # 917.881061, purchased in 2007.

There is a lot of give in the auger shaft, as shown here:
https://share.icloud.com/photos/0rteZlFxHXU-aW3IcvkgBOvTg

I've noticed its clogging up a lot more frequently this season with wet, heavy snow, and I'm assuming its lost some of its throwing power because of this issue.

I was thinking about getting a new snowblower in the next couple years, and I'm wondering if its worth fixing my current machine, or putting that money towards a newer machine.

Thanks for sharing your expertise!
 

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Does that have a full width auger shaft? Some of the newer ones have a shorter shaft and the bearings on the end just have a short sleeve that fits into them and the end of the auger rakes. I've seem them kittywompus before and the auger rakes wobbled all over the place.
 

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So a new rt rake $186 (#435235) per sears parts direct.


New gearbox(two listed???? #45(worm gear but I think they just replace gearbox....($186) and #57 gear box($187)). Anyone???


https://www.searspartsdirect.com/model-number/917881061/0247/1507200.html


Bushings look plastic...Maybe cracked or broken inside after you hit what you hit??? $10ea. #420478 Again per sears parts direct website....via blower number you gave.
 
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