Craftsman front wheel axle is bent
Have a 46" Craftsman DLT with 25 Hp Briggs and Stratton. It is 5 yrs old. Recently noticed that when I go up a small incline the front canopy hits the right wheel and the tractor pulls to the right. A closer look . . . and the wheel axle is bent. Instead of a solid bar of steel that goes from wheel to wheel (like my Gravely), this Sears tractor has a oblong tube. Guess I should have noticed when I bought it. Elcheapo piece of #%@$. Anyways, I have to fix this. Anyone have experience with straightening out an axle and reinforcing it? I was thinking of putting a pipe wrench on it to straighten it and then filling the tube with JB Weld???
Any ideas would be appreciated.