Originally Posted by jferg92
Kind of off topic but you guys don't know a machine shop that could make a part for a tractor we're restoring. It's a simple 2' shaft that has splines at both end. Local wanted $350 and a new part is $500. It'd be a very easy part to make
I have a little machining experience, and I'd just pay the $500 or keep my eye out for a parts tractor or check Ebay. I wouldn't even try to save the $150 for the local shop.
Splines and gears aren't as easy to make as they seem. Even if you happen to get everything lined up, the metrology would likely be all wrong It's not going to be hardened and relieved where it should be, as it would have been if it were a manufacturer produced part.
Just my $0.02