Background: I have a Simplicity Legacy lawn tractor, the largest one they make, with a 25hp Kohler engine and, among other attachments, a 46" snowblower, which has been getting used a lot this winter. Yesterday evening, I was finishing up (and luckily on my very last pass) of a pretty hefty snowfall: I got to the end of what I was doing, hit the button to cut off the PTO, raised the blower and backed away... And the auger stayed behind! I took it apart today. The auger is normally supported by a pair of roller bearings, one at each end, and it has about a 1" shaft coming out of each end that goes through there. Here's what it looks like in the parts manual: Anyway, it appears that the bearing on the drive end (#18, lower right) lunched itself, and the shaft you see at the near end of the auger in the diagram above broke. It looked like there may have been a pre-existing defect inside the shaft that allowed this to happen, based on what the ends of the break look like. Not much of the break was shiny... And I'm guessing that when I shut off the PTO, that last bit of torque was enough to snap it. So, I went to see what an auger would cost. $1200!!! I can get a whole snowblower attachment for less than that. But, it seems like quite a waste. So... Is this something that could be welded in such a way that it would be mechanically sound and safe?