I did exactly as described by roanguy.
Posted by: string on Oct-27-12 10:04 PM (EST)
To cut the shaft,I made a jig which is 2 2X4 blocks with V notches cut in them attached to another 2X4. The shaft is laid in the jig and turned by a helper while you hold a fine toothed hacksaw against the shaft. I taped both sides of the cut with duct tape to help keep the blade on track. Worked perfectly.