Can't you just shorten up the shaft?
aaaaaaaagh, the thought did cross my mind for about 8seconds. I figured since I'll probably not mow and move snow in the same season, I'll be ok w/ the piece from the snowcaster for now. I'll try to post some pics to compare and show possble challange to me w/ rebore after alleged shaft shortening. I see it as precision work for that opp to go well, perhaps you have the tech to get this done minus a machine shop..? Tryin' to figure what Dr.McCoy from startrek would say..