Apologies if I've missed a prior thread, but can these be rebuilt? I've less than 200 hrs on my deck, and will be on my 3rd gearbox. First box melted down because I'm good at breaking things. It had the wobbly input shaft/seal problem and I didn't know it had run dry. I'm honestly surprised it didn't melt the case, I think it took 3 days to cool off :-).
Second box, (current), I've been more careful with, checking fluid start/end of the season, (500hr replacement iirc, and this one has less than 100hrs). Earlier this spring, the x-bearing in the mid-shaft gave up, and tore up the yoke as well. 320 dollars lighter, thinking I've learned (another) lesson, I'd started idling down to engage the PTO, and then running it back up, per the manual, and go easier on the equipment. Less than 15hrs since I'd last checked the gear box fluid level, I hear the death rattle. Like all good operators, I shut everything down... then fired everything back up, engaged the PTO and ran the throttle up; grinding again. So I was thinking maybe spindle, because I knew the gear oil was good (and I may have not got enough grease into the last spindle before I ran out...meh). I drive off the deck, pull the belt off, and turn the spindles, all felt okay. The tensioner seemed a little cranky, but not horrible. I spun the gearbox. It moved fine, but felt a tic gravelly, maybe. I find the right allen key, and pull the plug. What I saw would look great as paint on a 68 Fastback Mustang, nice metal flake. I'm hoping/assuming it's bits of bearing and not the gears themselves that I've got in a nice oil suspension, and I'm hoping it can be rebuilt, but I can't find a kit.
I'd like to get a new box, but I'm not sure if I'm finding the right part, found one for ~360 and another for ~780. Then I'd like to get the parts to rebuild the current one so I've got a spare. Any help would be appreciated in finding the right gearbox, and the rebuild parts. Thank you.