Most of you fellas know this kind of stuff but maybe i can save someone a dollar by sharing. So john deere is real proud of their parts. I failed to take a before pic but the holes in this shaft invite bends. (As does the terrain of my property.) And wouldn’t you know that JD provides a replacement for 70$. I failed to take a before pic but a 30 degree bend was preventing my front deck wheel from operating freely. It would catch and gouge the yard. Trying to heat this with a torch wasnt working so made me a little impromptu forge out of old brake rotors and some charcoal. Then i heated up the shaft for about 5 min till red hot with a little help from my leaf blower and pounded the sob straight. i heated it up again then quenched in a metal coffee cup full of old motor oil to attempt to re-harden. Dont use water! get er’ done! Im sure some of you have perfected this sort of thing, feel free to suggest better ways or let me know i did it all wrong.