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Old 08-04-2012, 01:21 PM
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I have suggested doing so before, but to my knowledge no one one this site has. I think it is an idea worth trying, it extends the life of the gearbox, and it allows you to use a stronger axle. The downfalls are the increased size/weight/cost, and you need to either weld up the differential, or put sprockets on both sides of the trans-axle.

That said, what you are doing is using the trans-axle only as transmission. You would be better off finding a lawn mower with a separate transmission, or removing all the unnecessary parts from the trans-axle.