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#1 posted 12-21-2018 04:19 AM

Since you cracked open the gear box, have couple of options:
1) remove the shift fork from end, and completely remove the shaft.

-Check the o-ring seal. Might be damaged/dry and causing extra friction. Easy to replace. Can measure the shaft with calipers and find a replacement at any competent bearing shop. I remember finding my new o-ring in HF assortment. HF sells o-ring assortment boxes for $10 that can be cheaper than ordering OEM o-ring.

- If new o-ring doesn’t fix it. Can attempt to straighten the shaft on metal plate with soft faced hammer. I had to do that on mine. Work slow and don’t hit metal on metal or you might elongate shaft and make it worse. Clean off any rust with 400 or finer grit emery. If you find a high spot due a bend/kink that isn’t next to o-ring sealing area, can use a file to remove it.

- Can buy a new one. Renovo parts shows the shaft is still available for ~$7, despite most other parts sources list it as special order with ridiculous long lead time. Renovo bought warehouses of spare parts from Delta when B&D bought them and started selling off old parts inventory to pay down debt. They have a lot of rare Delta stuff.

Best Luck.

PS – be very careful with gear shafts in that case. One of them has gear locked into place with ball bearings and small spring inside the shaft. If you slide the gear off the shaft and are not ready to catch the parts, the spring and ball bearings fly into outer space, never to be seen again. DAMHIK.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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