Snowblowers take quite a beating, so I'm not sure I'd categorize any amount of use as "light use."
If I understand you correctly, I don't think brass brazing would provide a suitable bearing surface for needle bearings...unless the needle bearing is a complete unit and the needles don't actually ride on the shaft surface. If the needles do ride on the shaft, I think it will need to be steel, pretty doggone hard, with a ground finish.
But, what the heck -- one of the joys of a home shop is, if something you try doesn't work, you can always do it again.
[This message has been edited by SGW (edited 09-10-2004).]
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