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    Is it fixable, John Deere 1023e 47” snowblower

    Hello all,

    As the title states I have a John Deere 1023e and currently have the snowblower attachment on it. The other day we were hit with some decent snow fall and finally was able to break out the snow blower. However I was at work for 48 hours and my wife decided that she would be awesome wife and snowblow our driveway. Sadly she got the tractor stuck somehow and then somehow broke the tractor. She did a very good job because I currently am not able to get it back together. The part I believe that she broke is the upstop drive shaft on the snow blower. I thought I could just slide it back on but I have struggled to get into back on. I have attached photos of the damage and would like to know if it is able to be reattached or do I just have to eat the cost and buy a new one.

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    Rob
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    It's a little hard to tell from your photos but it looks like a pin may have broken or fallen out which allowed the spline section of the drive shaft to come out.
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    That doesn’t look too tragic. I did not stay at a Holiday Inn last nite though.

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    Greetings from PA neighbor! I have never seen one apart like that. That shaft is supposed to go in and out to attach to the tractor. If you cannot line up the splines, they may have gotten damaged. I will check to see if we have one at work to compare, I did a 54" a month ago, but the shaft was a tad larger, yours looks like an X700 shaft. Worst case you will have to buy a new shaft, they attach to the snow blower with a pin that gets hammered in.

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    Clean up the splines and you will see one is wider than the others. It is one meant to go together one way. You might have to file the ends a little if they got burred up when it came part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    Clean up the splines and you will see one is wider than the others. It is one meant to go together one way. You might have to file the ends a little if they got burred up when it came part.
    ^^^^^^ What he said. Keep rotating in spline at a time until it slides back together. May take a couple tries, but it will go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Deere 1025R TLB View Post
    ^^^^^^ What he said. Keep rotating in spline at a time until it slides back together. May take a couple tries, but it will go.
    What they said. Typically, U-joints are phased, so that one is 180 degrees offset from the offer. This helps prevent the driveshaft from being out of balance. As such, the splines are often "keyed", one wider than the other, to prevent the driveshaft halves from being mis-coupled and, in turn, the U-joints being out of phase.

    The splines are somewhat snug tolerance, so the halves must squarely aligned when slid together. Check for any burrs that may have occurred on each end and dress them out with a file.

    I'd uncouple the snow blower from the Quick Hitch and move it aside to give yourself a bit more working room. I'm speculating either the Quick Hitch or the snowblower detached when it became stuck or in the process of getting it unstuck.

    You probably know this, but mount the Quick Hitch, by itself, on the tractor first, and then the blower to the hitch.

    You'll probably need to give the driveshaft splines a few pump of grease once you have everything mated up again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martincom View Post
    What they said. Typically, U-joints are phased, so that one is 180 degrees offset from the offer. This helps prevent the driveshaft from being out of balance. As such, the splines are often "keyed", one wider than the other, to prevent the driveshaft halves from being mis-coupled and, in turn, the U-joints being out of phase.

    The splines are somewhat snug tolerance, so the halves must squarely aligned when slid together. Check for any burrs that may have occurred on each end and dress them out with a file.

    I'd uncouple the snow blower from the Quick Hitch and move it aside to give yourself a bit more wo rking room. I'm speculating either the Quick Hitch or the snowblower detached when it became stuck or in the process of getting it unstuck.

    You probably know this, but mount the Quick Hitch, by itself, on the tractor first, and then the blower to the hitch.

    You'll probably need to give the driveshaft splines a few pump of grease once you have everything mated up again.

    180 degree off set puts them in line as phased together. Simpler to say phased together. The 180 degree offset confuses it.
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    One thing the OP didn't mention was whether or not his tractor and snowblower were still under warranty. If so, I would let the dealer have a look at it first.
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