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Well the spindle,bearings(parts finally came) and sharpened blade are all done,made a pass and it cut great,then the steering wore out and missed the neighbors new steel shed by about 6"! A plastic bushing was shot wich allowed wear on the big gears' teeth,,it's been bad for a while..It's tore down now and hopefully can find parts locally Tuesday.. Anybody know if worn gear teeth can be welded to replace metal then filed to the original shape? I realize this could cost more than a new gear but it is welded into the assembly wich I have'nt found a complete one for sale yet..The gear is about 1/8" thick and about 7/8" wide in the area the welds would go,,would that be likely to warp? If it warped it would never last..Thanks. Dean
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You're more of a Rube Goldburg than I am.
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like endless hours. The teeth would have to be real close to percise of it will chew up the other gear. Replacement is still best bet. I spent my life as a Auto Tech and did many many torn up wheel bearings and when a spindle was unavailable we had to file off the burned and welded on remains of a wheel bearing and let me tell you it was real long annoying and patience wearing work and it is far from as hard as making new teeth with a file.

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Awwww come on Sarge,,I wanna be McGyver. I found the steering assembly and bearing(plastic bushing) online pretty cheap but the 2 day delivery will probably take a friggin week or more..The spindle took a week and only crossed one state line! The ornery woman in town matched some bearings for Me the other day and I called Her "genius" so now She's alot more friendly with Me,,I guess I'll just go tomorrow and see what they have in stock..
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like endless hours. The teeth would have to be real close to percise of it will chew up the other gear. Replacement is still best bet. I spent my life as a Auto Tech and did many many torn up wheel bearings and when a spindle was unavailable we had to file off the burned and welded on remains of a wheel bearing and let me tell you it was real long annoying and patience wearing work and it is far from as hard as making new teeth with a file.

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Yeah,I've all but given up on the idea,,especially since I found the assembly for $16 + shipping on the net,,if they have it in town and do'nt want more then I'll just order and wait for delivery. One internet site wanted about $45. The experience of fixing the 4(out of 16) teeth might be a good one though,,only 2 of them were worn to nubs..Of course it was the teeth at the area where the wheels were almost straight but starting to turn left..The plastic bushing wore first I guess and allowed play between the pinion and the assembly gear,there's not much left of the bushing either. Thanks for the cautions tho Auto Tech.. Dean

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conversation and a beer from Janet,,after She went home I fired it up and can steer again!! The welder cut n flipped the section with repaired teeth so they are on the less used side(to right turn)and welded it back and put a copper bushing in-place of the worn plastic one that probably caused the failure in the first place,,cost $20..Now it's useable and just needs the carb cleaned and an oil change.. Dean
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like endless hours. The teeth would have to be real close to percise of it will chew up the other gear. Replacement is still best bet. I spent my life as a Auto Tech and did many many torn up wheel bearings and when a spindle was unavailable we had to file off the burned and welded on remains of a wheel bearing and let me tell you it was real long annoying and patience wearing work and it is far from as hard as making new teeth with a file.

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